Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Colombia in their World cup qualifier match.
After suffering defeats from Paraguay and Brazil, Argentina were left in a tense situation and needed instant results in order to revive their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World cup in Russia.
Lionel Messi curled in a beautiful free kick from 25 yard range to give Argentina the lead in the 10th minute. The 5 time Ballon d’Or winner provided two assists to Pratto and Di Maria as Argentina saw themselves move to the play off spot.
Messi was in doubt to face Colombia as he fell ill after a bumpy flight ride with his national team to San Juan.
Colombia looked to threaten with in form Radamel Falcao who was unable to covert for his country.
The result moves Argentina above Colombia in the qualifying table into 5th place. Chile are into 4th with a point more than La Albiceleste. Brazil maintain their top spot with a 2-0 win over Peru.
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