Messi scores a penalty in the win against Bolivia (2-0)

Defender Gabriel Mercado scored the opener

Messi scores a penalty in the win against Bolivia (2-0)
Messi scores a penalty in the win against Bolivia (2-0)

Defender Gabriel Mercado scored the opener

Mascherano & Messi

The Argentinian national team ended the two-game international session with a very good result: 2 wins in 2 games. After beating 1-2 the Chilean national team (where Claudio Bravo plays), last night they beat a more accessible opponent, Bolivia (0-2).

In a game that was played in the MArio Alberto Kempes Stadium in the Argentinian city of Córdoba (apparently in better shape than what was seen in the pictures of a few days ago), Gerardo Martino, coach of the Albiceleste, made the two Blaugrana players he had called up start: Javier Mascherano (who played as a holding midfielder) and Leo Messi (on the right wing).

The initial 0-0 lasted until the 20th minute, when Messi sent the ball into the box, to Higuaín. The forward looked for the goal but his shot hit the body of the goalkeeper Lampe. Pipita Higuaín recovered the ball and left it to Gabriel Mercado, who scored the first goal of the game.

 

10 minutes after Mercado's goal, during a play from Banega into the Bolivian box the Venezuelan Jesús Valenzeula was punished with a penalty.

 

Messi had the responsability to take it and scored Argentina's second and last goal.

 

The score could have been bigger if that spectacular play from Leo Messi, that he did when it was 0-0, had ended with a good shot from the Argentinian crack.

 

With those two wins, against Chile and Bolivia, Argentina are third in the table of the Qualifiers for the World Cup, only two points behind Uruguay and Ecuador.