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L. Messi
3 - 0
R. Vaca
Yellow Card
L. Messi
2 - 0
M. Villarroel
Yellow Card
L. Messi
L. Paredes
1 - 0

Match Stats

70% 29%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 3
Total Passes 633 256
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Brazil BRA Brazil 17 14 3 0 40 5 +35 45 W W W D D
2 Argentina ARG Argentina 17 11 6 0 27 8 +19 39 D W W W D
3 Uruguay URU Uruguay 18 8 4 6 22 22 0 28 W W W W L
4 Ecuador ECU Ecuador 18 7 5 6 27 19 +8 26 D L D D W
5 Peru PER Peru 18 7 3 8 19 22 -3 24 W L D W W
6 Colombia COL Colombia 18 5 8 5 20 19 +1 23 W W L L D
7 Chile CHI Chile 18 5 4 9 19 26 -7 19 L L W L L
8 Paraguay PAR Paraguay 18 3 7 8 12 26 -14 16 L W L L D
9 Bolivia BOL Bolivia 18 4 3 11 23 42 -19 15 L L L L W
10 Venezuela VEN Venezuela 18 3 1 14 14 34 -20 10 L L L W L


Final Tournament
Intercontinental Play-off


That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Argentina strengthen their grip on second place by moving three points clear of Uruguay. Bolivia remain in ninth.
Messi’s brilliant hattrick secures a 3-0 win for Argentina. The hosts dominated this game throughout but relied on Messi to beat Bolivia. The first was all Messi: the attacker nutmegged Haquin before bending a beautiful 25-yard strike into the top corner. Meanwhile, his second goal involved a crisp interchange with Martinez, before fooling Lampe and rolling a deft shot into the bottom corner from close-range. The hattrick came late on, as Joaquin Correa’s fierce strike was parried out to Messi who tapped it gratefully into an empty net. Martinez and Joaquin Correa had chances to make the score look even more handsome for the hosts, but they were content to take all three points with a 3-0 win.
S. Reyes
L. Haquín
90' + 4' Substitution Luis Fernando Haquín Lopez Juan Sebastián Reyes Farrel
90' + 4' FULL TIME: Argentina 3-0 Bolivia
90' + 2' Close! Joaquin Correa almost gets a goal as he runs 20 yards before hitting a low shot narrowly wide following a slight deflection.
90' Three minutes of stoppage time are added on.
L. Messi
88' MESSI! 3-0! That's his hattrick! Joaquin Correa smashes a fierce effort from 25 yards and Lampe can only parry it straight to Messi. The iconic attacker does the rest and slots a first-time finish into an empty net!
87' Messi's hunting for his hattrick. But his latest effort is speculative, and his curling 25-yard strike drifts wide of the far post.
85' Moreno's weak header from 10 yards is gathered by Musso.
83' Chance! Gonzalez latches onto a short back pass from Sagredo, and charges clean through on goal! However, Lampe rushes out and closes down the angle before blocking Gonzalez's attempted pass to safety.
L. Martínez
N. Otamendi
82' The second change of the double substitution is Otamendi off for Quarta in defence.
E. Palacios
R. De Paul
82' Two more changes for Argentina. The first sees De Paul slide out for Palacios.
81' Argentina carefully retain possession as they close in on a comfortable win.
R. Vaca
Yellow Card
79' Ramiro Vaca crashes into Paredes from behind and gets shown a yellow card.
G. Villamíl
J. Sagredo
77' Jesus Sagredo is replaced by Gabriel Alejandro Villamil Cortez in defence.
77' Moreno tumbles inside the box under pressure from Acuna, but the referee is spared a difficult decision as the linesman raises his flag for offside.
75' Messi lashes home following a neat pass from De Paul, but there'll be no hattrick yet - the goal is immediately ruled out for offside.
73' Messi's put in a hyperactive, match-winning display for Argentina today. He's had six shots that have translated into two goals - alongside three key passes.
Á. Correa
Lautaro Martínez
71' There'll be no more changes for Martinez now - he departs for Angel Correa.
N. González
Á. Di María
71' Di Maria swaps out for Gonzalez.
70' Another chance for Martinez! Correa slaloms towards the byline, before cutting it back to Martinez who's lunging, close-range effort is blocked away by Quinteros. The resulting corner is cleared comfortably.
C. Algarañaz
H. Vaca
68' Henry Vaca walks off to be replaced by Anez up top.
R. Fernández
E. Saavedra
68' Saavedra makes way for Fernandez in midfield.
68' Justiniano fires a speculative 25-yard strike a few yards wide of the far post.
66' That should seal things for Argentina now. After squandering plenty of chances they have their second goal.
L. Messi
64' MESSI! 2-0! It's another wonderful goal by Messi. The attacker plays a couple of quick one-twos with Martinez to get inside the box, before nudging a shot against Jusino. The ball fortuitously ricochets back to Messi though, and he feints to go right before poking a close-range shot to the left of Lampe and in!
J. Correa
P. Gómez
62' Gomez is replaced by Joaquin Correa on the left flank.
62' Close! Messi drives at the heart of the Bolivian defence once more. This time he gets just inside the box before firing off a dangerous strike that flicks off Jose Sagredo and just wide of the near post! The resulting set-piece amounts to nothing, however.
60' The second half has picked up from where the game left off. Argentina are dominating proceedings without adding that all-important second goal.
58' Messi's cross drops to De Paul on the edge of the box, but he slams a vicious shot well over the bar.
56' Martinez has had a frustrating night so far. The striker has had four shots - including a couple of big opportunities - but hasn't been able to notch a goal just yet.
54' Saavedra's deep free-kick floats harmlessly through to a grateful Musso.
52' Messi twists and turns inside the box, before clipping a deft chip towards the back post where no attacker's on hand to provide a finishing touch.
50' Save! Paredes rifles a dangerous effort from 30 yards, but Lampe is equal to it, pushing the shot away to Martinez who's ruled offside.
48' Argentina will be satisfied with their dominance so far - even if they do only have a one goal lead. They've produced 11 shots compared to Bolivia's five.
R. Vaca
M. Villarroel
46' Villarroel makes way for Ramiro Vaca - possibly due to that yellow card he received in the first half.
46' Bolivia get the second half underway.
45' + 4' HALF TIME: Argentina 1-0 Bolivia
45' + 3' Chance! Messi sets Di Maria clean through on goal with a delicate throughball. However, Lampe gets there just before the attacker and swipes the ball away from him, before Martinez can't quite find the space to shoot.
45' + 2' Gomez curls an audacious effort comfortably wide from 25 yards.
45' + 1' Three minutes of stoppage time are added on.
45' Vaca collects a loose pass from De Paul and swivels on the edge of the box, before lofting a tame effort well over.
43' Close! Messi almost doubles his - and Argentina's - tally. He receives a pass just inside the box from Di Maria, before jinking past a defender and bending a curling effort inches wide of the far post from 15 yards!
41' Huge chance! Messi breaks away down the left flank and glides towards the box, before cutting it back to Martinez whose first-time effort from eight yards rolls agonisingly wide of the far post!
39' Di Maria darts dangerously towards the byline, but Jesus Sagredo dives in and nudges the ball away from him.
37' The home crowd and players were furious with Villarroel's challenge on De Paul, and this game is threatening to boil over. Otamendi hauls Moreno over in the latest skirmish.
35' De Paul's back up and ready to go, so the game restarts.
33' De Paul was caught high above the ankle by Villarroel's challenge and there's a delay as he receives treatment. Nevertheless, he should be okay to continue.
M. Villarroel
Yellow Card
31' Villarroel lunges in dangerously on De Paul and earns himself a yellow card.
30' Pezzella's speculative 30-yard effort sails well over the bar.
29' Di Maria wriggles past a number of challenges prompting cheers from the crowd, before Justiniano gets back to rob him of possession.
27' Goal disallowed! Martinez blasts Di Maria's delightful, outside of the foot cross into the roof of the net from close range. However, the linesman instantly raises his flag for a tight offside call.
25' Paredes crashes into Justiniano near the halfway line. The Bolivian players think that this too should be a yellow card, but the referee only awards a free-kick and nothing more.
L. Haquín
Yellow Card
23' Haquin crashes awkwardly into the back of Martinez near the centre-circle and earns himself a yellow card.
23' Di Maria dances into the box, before clipping a speculative chip straight at Lampe from 18 yards.
22' Saavedra tackles De Paul on the edge of the box, before tripping and picking out the offside Vaca inside the six-yard box. After a brief delay, the linesman raises his flag.
21' Villarroel attempts to pick out Vaca on the edge of the box, but Gomez tracks back to cut it out.
19' Martinez drills Messi's corner against Haquin at the near post and it goes behind for another set-piece.
18' Gomez scoops a dangerous pass over the top and towards Messi, but Jesus Sagredo knocks it behind for a corner.
16' Well, this has been an ideal start for Argentina. They've totally controlled the opening stages and a wonderful moment from Messi has now provided them with an early advantage.
L. Paredes
14' It was a simple pass from Paredes to feed Messi there, but surely even he didn't expect the brilliance that was to follow!
L. Messi
14' MESSI! 1-0! It's a brilliant goal from the legendary attacker. Messi receives a pass from Paredes 30 yards from goal and proceeds to nutmeg the advancing Haquin, before bending a superb strike into the top left corner from 25 yards! Lampe stood no chance.
11' Gomez nutmegs Jusino with an intricate flick on the edge of the box, but it's too cute for the run of Messi and it trickles safely through to Lampe.
9' Martinez heads harmlessly wide from 12 yards, following a dazzling run and cross from Messi down the right flank.
7' Bolivia have an opportunity for a three-on-three on the break, but Moreno misplaces his pass straight to De Paul.
5' Vaca stays down after the referee refuses to award a free-kick following a rough challenge from Pezzella. However, he's back up again and okay to continue once the ball trickles off for a throw-in.
4' Messi darts inside from the right before hitting a fierce 25-yard strike high and wide.
2' Bolivia struggled to get out of their half during the first 45 minutes and might need a change of plan to alter the flow of the game.
2' Martinez charges down Lampe, who's forced into scuffing a wild clearance into the stands.
1' Messi's sensational strike gives Argentina a 1-0 lead heading into the interval. The hosts have largely controlled this, sometimes feisty, match and should be further ahead. They took the lead from a moment of magic: Messi nutmegged Haquin before bending in a beautiful strike from 25 yards. From there Martinez and Di Maria squandered chances to extend the lead, but the hosts look well placed with this narrow advantage at the break.
1' Argentina get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Argentina defeated Bolivia 2-1 in the second match of qualification – the home fans will expect a similar result today.
Bolivia make five changes following their loss to Uruguay. They switch from an expansive 4-2-3-1 into a rigid 5-3-2. Ramiro Vaca, Fernandez, Arce, Saucedo and Enoumba are the players to drop out.
Argentina make four changes to the side that dealt with a suspended match against Brazil last time out. Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Christian Romero are all ineligible after violating Covid-19 protocols in order to enter Brazil. Meanwhile, Montiel drops out for Molina.
SUBS: Juan Carlos Arce, Gabriel Alejandro Villamíl Cortez, Rodrigo Ramallo, Ruben Cordano, Diego Wayar, Carmelo Algaranez Anez, Roberto Fernandez, Gilbert Alvarez, Marc Enoumba, Ramrio Vaca, Sebastian Reyes, Jhohan Francisco Gutierrez Oliveira.
BOLIVIA (5-3-2): Carlos Lampe; Jose Sagredo, Jairo Quinteros, Luis Haquin, Adrian Jusino, Jesus Sagredo; Leonel Justiniano, Erwin Saavedra, Moises Villarroel; Henry Vaca, Marcelo Moreno.
SUBS: Geronimo Rulli, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Lisandro Martinez, Gonzalo Montiel, Angel Correa, Exequiel Palacios, Nicolas Gonzalez, Joaquin Correa, Guido Rodriguez, Julian Alvarez, Paolo Dybala, Agustin Rossi.
ARGENTINA (4-4-2): Juan Musso; Nahuel Molina, Nicolas Otamendi, German Pezzala, Marcos Acuna; Angel Di Maria, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alejandro Gomez; Lionel Messi, Lauturo Martinez.
Bolivia enter this one in ninth place following a defeat to Uruguay on Sunday.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this South American World Cup Qualifier between Argentina and Bolivia at El Monumental. Argentina find themselves in second place in the table, following an undefeated start from their first seven games. They’ll be looking to solidify their position with a win today.