Barça's star went from less to more and Martino was sent off the bench
Messi and Mascherano has virtually assured his presence in the quarterfinals of the Copa América after beating Uruguay 1-0. The connection-Messi Pastore has been one of the keys of the game that Kun Agüero has solved with a great header. The victory placed Argentina as the leader of Group B with 4 points.
With a starting lineup with two changes, Zabaleta and Biglia, Argentina began the match strongly. Di Maria had the chances and Messi was waiting for his moment without appearing too much. Once he has had it clear, the number 10 of Argentina took over the game, and with the invaluable help of PSG midfielder Javier Pastore, they began to draw and show a very good version of tata Martino's team.
Precisely Argentina's coach went early to the changing room for protesting to the referee and leaving his technical area. With Pautasso as Argentina's coach on the bench, he saw that the game of his national team have focused on the ball, creating goal chances, touching and holding the ball. Uruguay tried to counterattack and taking advantage of their set pieces.
The big change in the Argentine game was the movement of Messi in the midfield zone. With more ball he was more efficient, and also with Pastore's help. These same players and thanks to a center from Zabaleta, Agüero achieve the goal with a great header in the minute 55. It was the only goal of the match. With the score in favor of Argentina, the Uruguayans went to the attack and the spaces emerged. Messi took advantage of them and he became the real danger the last minutes. His defender, the Uruguayan Álvaro Pereira suffered, but the result stayed with Argentina's victory by 1-0.
Argentina is the first of Group B with 4 points and they will be in the quarterfinals at least with a draw against Jamaica. Paraguay is also second with 4 points, Uruguay is third with 3 points and the last one is Jamaica with 0 points.