Argentina continued to set the pace in the South American World Cup Qualifying group as Lionel Messi inspired them to a 3-0 victory over Uruguay last night. The Colombians stayed in touch with Argentina after a 2-0 defeat of Paraguay courtesy of a brace from Radamel Falcao. Ecuador also marched on with a 3-1 victory over Colombia while Bolivia drew 1-1 with Peru.
The Argentines were frustrated by the Uruguayans for most of the 1st half, with Messi the only attacker coming close for the home side. They had to wait until the 2nd half to break open the Uruguayan defence and unsurprisingly it was the little magician who was at the heart of the move as he fed the ball to Angel Di Maria on the left and raced into the box to meet the square pass to put Argentina 1-0 ahead after 55 minutes. The pair were involved for the 2nd goal ten minutes later, with a similar move ending with Sergio Aguero turning in the cross from close range. Messi then capped off a satisfactory evening's work by rolling a free-kick under the wall in the 80th minute. The Albiceleste sit atop the standings with 19 times, five ahead of Uruguay in 4th spot.