Uruguay triumphed 2-0 over Argentina at Buenos Aires’ La Bombonera Stadium during a World Cup qualifying clash, marking their most significant victory under the guidance of new coach Marcelo Bielsa.
Argentina’s first competitive loss since their group-stage opener against Saudi Arabia in the previous year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Reflecting on the encounter, Messi acknowledged, “We never found our footing in this match. Uruguay, a physically robust team with impressive teamwork, always presents a challenge.”
In the prior World Cup qualifying round, Uruguay secured an identical scoreline victory against Brazil in Montevideo. Their upcoming fixture is slated against Bolivia.
Despite this defeat, Argentina maintains its lead in the 10-team South American qualifying group, tallying 12 points from five matches. Uruguay trails closely in second place with 10 points, followed by Colombia with nine and Venezuela with eight. Brazil, currently in fifth position with seven points, is set to host the World Cup champions at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.