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Lionel Messi dazzles to guide Argentina past Uruguay

 

Lionel Messi was in inspired form on Friday night, as Argentina picked up all three points in a crunch meeting with Uruguay.

Rodriguez on target

Messi and co. are of course currently lining out at the latest edition of the Copa America.

Whilst Euro 2020 continue to take the headlines across Europe, in South America, focus is centered very much on the battle for Copa supremacy.

Hosts Brazil stand as the clear front-runners to go all the way over the weeks ahead, with the Selecao having done their favourites tag little damage en route to respective 3 and 4-0 drubbings of Venezuela and Peru.

Standing in the way of Tite’s men, though, could yet be Argentina.

SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA – JUNE 03: Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team with Rodrigo De Paul during a match between Argentina and Chile as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 at Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades on June 03, 2021 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. (Photo by Juan Mabromata – Pool/Getty Images)

Whilst the Albiceleste have not exactly set the tournament alight thus far, they have managed to collect a respectable four points, three of which were forthcoming late last night.

After being held to a 1-1 stalemate by Chile in their Copa opener, Argentina made the trip to Brasilia, for a crunch Group B showdown with Uruguay.

A tense 90 minutes unsurprisingly ensued, with a solitary goal, when all was said and done, having proven telling.

The goal in question arrived inside the opening quarter of an hour, when a typically pinpoint delivery on the part of Lionel Messi was nodded home at the far post by Guido Rodriguez:

#CopaAmérica 🏆

⚽ El primer gol de Guido Rodríguez con @Argentina llegó gracias a un centro de Lionel Messi 😍

🇦🇷 Argentina 🆚 Uruguay 🇺🇾#VibraElContinente #VibraOContinente pic.twitter.com/aoJkwo6ghi

— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) June 19, 2021

Messi magic

As outlined above, however, his crucial assist…

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