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90' + 1'
G. Ramírez
Yellow Card
87'
D. Rolán
J. Fucile
85'
N. Gaitán
Á. Di María
71'
L. Alario
L. Pratto
70'
G. Ramírez
C. Sánchez
60'
C. Rodríguez
N. Lodeiro
58'
N. Lodeiro
Yellow Card
48'
Á. Di María
Yellow Card
43'
L. Messi
Goal
42'
J. Giménez
Yellow Card
38'
E. Cavani
Yellow Card
29'
P. Dybala
Yellow Card
10'
J. Fucile
Yellow Card
2
1
3
5

Stats

Possession
% %
2
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 1 2
Total Passes 467 374

Commentary

That's all for our live coverage from Mendoza, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
Lionel Messi returns from retirement to ensure a winning start to Edgardo Bauza's tenure as Albiceleste boss. It wasn't always pretty, but Argentina see out the result in the end, despite playing the entirety of the second half down a man following Paulo Dybala's sending off at the stroke of half-time.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: ARGENTINA 1-0 URUGUAY.
G. Ramírez
Yellow Card
Uruguay
90' + 1' Ramirez fouls who else but Messi, and that's another yellow for Uruguay, while more precious time runs off the clock.
90' There will be a minimum of three minutes added on at the end of this match.
88' One-way traffic in this second half doesn't seem like it's going to pay off for Uruguay. They've done everything they could to score, but they concede a free-kick high up the pitch and Argentina can run more time off the clock. Meanwhile, a fan has stormed the pitch and bows down at the feet of Messi, eliciting quite a roar of approval from the home supporters.
D. Rolán
J. Fucile
Uruguay
87' A final roll of the dice for Uruguay as Diego Rolan replaces Fucile.
N. Gaitán
Á. Di María
Argentina
85' Argentina's second change of the night sees Di Maria replaced by Nico Gaitan.
83' STAT: Argentina have scored just six goals in qualifying thus far, joint-fewest in Conmebol after six rounds of matches (tied with Peru).
81' Argentina are doing well to take the sting out of the match whenever possible. Mascherano has been incredible all night for them and he's at it again, snuffing out a chance and kick-starting the Albiceleste forward before getting play to come to a halt after being clattered into by Ramirez.
79' It's going to be a long final 10 minutes for Argentina. The hosts are being hemmed back in their end, voluntarily dropping deeper and deeper in defence, Uruguay have intensified their all-out pursuit to try and chase down this elusive equaliser.
77' Who's there?! Ramirez delivers a lovely ball over the top to send Suarez through on the left. The forward pulls it back invitingly into the centre, but the angles are just wrong as no one is able to get on the end of it before Argentina scramble clear!
75' Uruguay are getting after it now. There's a real urgency about their approach, and Argentina are beginning to fade a bit as they show the effects of being a man down for the entirety of this second half. Is there to be late drama in Mendoza?
73' STAT: Uruguay have won just two of their last eight World Cup qualifying matches against Argentina (D1, L5).
L. Alario
L. Pratto
Argentina
71' Well-deserved applause for Pratto who departs his debut in the 71st minute. It wasn't always flashy, but he put it a gutsy effort in leading the line for Argentina tonight. He's replaced here by Lucas Alario, also making his debut.
G. Ramírez
C. Sánchez
Uruguay
70' A second change for Uruguay as Gaston Ramirez replaces Sanchez.
68' Harsh on Suarez! The striker shows great technique and strength to get beyond Funes Mori in the area. The centre-half goes to ground rather cheaply, and wins a free-kick, but there was nothing in that from Suarez, who does well to bite his tongue and not lash out at the referee.
66' Messi is in a world of his own tonight. It's said all the time, but he's just something else right now. He looks a man on a mission following that Copa America failure. The defeat has only made him stronger, and who knew that was possible?
64' Deflected just wide! Uruguay turn on the style as they try and make the most of their man advantage and find an equaliser. Suarez does brilliantly to hold the ball up, before it finally finds its way to Cavani atop the area, but his strike is turned just beyond the near post.
62' STAT: Uruguay have lost just two of their last 13 World Cup qualifying matches (W9, D2), keeping eight clean sheets.
C. Rodríguez
N. Lodeiro
Uruguay
60' Uruguay make the first change of the evening as Cristian Rodriguez replaces Lodeiro.
N. Lodeiro
Yellow Card
Uruguay
58' More magic from Messi, who forces Lodeiro into a foul - and the ex-Ajax midfielder picks up a yellow card.
56' NEAR DISASTER! Romero comes out to claim a cross in from the right - a good decision from him - but he fumbles the catch back into the danger area. Cavani takes a wild stab at it, but Romero is able to recover, not before taking the brunt of that kick from the Uruguay forward.
54' The atmosphere inside the stadium is absolutely tremendous at the moment. These are some incredibly boisterous supporters, riled up by the hostile nature of the rivalry, which has lived up to all expectations this evening.
52' HEROIC FROM MUSLERA! That's an absolutely sensational effort from Messi, who has the top corner picked out from 25 yards, but Muslera flies through the air at full stretch, getting just enough of a touch to knock it over the bar!
50' STAT: Argentina and Uruguay have conceded the joint-fewest goals in Conmenbol’s qualifying phase for the 2018 World Cup.
Á. Di María
Yellow Card
Argentina
48' It's raining yellows! The fire of the derby is shining through and the referee has had little choice but to go to his pocket early and often. Di Maria is the latest to go into the book.
47' Uncharacteristically poor from Suarez! Uruguay break with numbers in attack, and Cavani makes a strong supporting run to get into a good position for a throughball, but Suarez gets the angle all wrong as he fails to pick him out.
46' Here we go again...
HALF-TIME: ARGENTINA 1-0 URUGUAY. A wildly entertaining and hotly contested first half ends with a bang in Mendoza as the hosts go down to 10 men following Paulo Dybala's sending off. Argentina hold the lead, however, through a Lionel Messi goal, but there's plenty of football left to be played as we await what promises to be a terrific second half in the River Plate derby.
45' + 1' DYBALA SENT PACKING! A rash challenge from the Juventus forward who is inconsolable as the referee pulls out a second yellow! Argentina down to 10 men on the brink of half-time!
45' SUAREZ NEARLY RESPONDS! Not to be outdone, the Barcelona forward puts together a stunning run to get behind the defence and in on goal, but he's forced to cutback to open up the angle and it allows Mascherano to recover and get a vital block in.
L. Messi
Goal
Argentina
43' SENSATIONAL STUFF AND THE HOSTS LEAD! Messi is back with Argentina and he's back amongst the goals here! The forward puts in some truly majestic work atop the area to navigate his way beyond three defenders before picking his head up and slotting a finish in at the near post, with the aid of a deflection.
J. Giménez
Yellow Card
Uruguay
42' They can't slow him down! Every time Messi gets the ball he's finding his way past a defender or two. Again Uruguay struggle to deal with him as he finds his way beyond Gimenez, who drags him down and picks up a yellow.
40' UNBELIEVABLE. INCREDIBLE. OUTSTANDING! A stunning ball over the top from Mascherano is met by Pratto at the far post, who heads back for Messi. The Barcelona forward volleys a first-time effort at goal, but it sails over the bar! That would have been truly something special had it gone in.
E. Cavani
Yellow Card
Uruguay
38' One step too far. Well, you saw this coming. Cavani's protests carry on too long and he's booked for dissent.
37' Cavani is riding his luck here! The striker is going for the ball, but he does catch Otamendi with a flailing arm. There was no intent in it, but he's got to watch himself as he continues his protests after conceding a free-kick.
35' There hasn't been an abundance of chances in this first half, but it's been a wonderfully contested match up to this point. The compete level isn't lacking for either side, who are matching each other's intensity all over the pitch.
33' SOMEHOW IT STAYS OUT! So unfortunate for Dybala who drives a wonderful effort at goal from atop the area, but watches on in disbelief as it rattles off the woodwork, back out off Muslera and somehow behind instead of in the net!
31' STAT: Argentina have played just one official match at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas previously (excluding friendlies), recording a 3-0 victory over Uruguay in the qualifying phase for the 2014 World Cup.
P. Dybala
Yellow Card
Argentina
29' Dybala picks up Argentina's first yellow card of the match.
27' OUCH! A painful one for both players as Dybala lunches in to try and block a clearance and winds up getting kicked in the shin by Sanchez, who feels the brunt of that himself. Both players go down in some pain, which prompts a small coming together near the touchline.
25' Well, at least he hit the target. Suarez hears plenty of whistles and jeers, nothing new for him, following a bit of an audacious attempt at goal from over 40 yards out. The striker picked up the ball and realised he was isolated, and thus tried to chip the keeper from a long way out - but it's a comfortable save in the end for Romero.
23' A pair of inviting deliveries in from the right, the second of which an absolute peach from Messi, send the Uruguay defence into a bit of a panic, but they manage to avert the threat. It's starting to liven up now as both sides show a bit more urgency.
21' Uruguay are starting to grow in stature, but it's proving a bit of a slow process. It's been a very easy go for the Argentina defence thus far in the first 20 minutes, but the visitors are showing some ability of being able to turn the momentum in their favour.
19' STAT: Argentina’s defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final ended a string of 11 matches unbeaten for the Albiceleste (W9, D2).
17' Cavani escapes with a warning after kicking the ball away in frustration following the offside flag being raised. By the book, that's a yellow card offense, but the referee shows good discretion to take into account the timing and harmlessness of the issue and keep the yellow in his pocket.
15' Uruguay really need to find their footing. They're looking more like the team we saw at the Copa America this summer than the one which topped the qualifying group after six rounds of matches. They haven't shown up yet in Mendoza.
13' Argentina continue on the ascendency, forcing the issue and getting after the Uruguay defence in waves. The pressure is amplifying by the minute, but the visitors have been able to do just enough to keep them out thus far.
11' Off the wall! Muslera takes plenty of time organising his defenders, while the referee has a chat with tussling players from both sides. Finally it's Messi who takes, but the Barcelona forward is unable to get his strike up over the wall as it deflects behind for a corner.
J. Fucile
Yellow Card
Uruguay
10' The first yellow of the match is issued to Uruguay's Fucile for a late challenge on Messi atop the area. It's been coming. Argentina have a real chance to make something of the ensuing free-kick here...
7' No love lost between these two rivals who are putting in some really strong challenges so early in the match. It's not always pretty when these two sides meet, but there's always plenty of blood and guts on display.
5' Tackles flying in! Pratto puts in a terrific challenge to win the ball back near the corner flag, but Lodeiro steals it back for Uruguay with an equally impressive challenge. The Argentina striker responds with a rush of blood to the head, hacking the Uruguay midfielder to ground and he's a bit lucky not to pick up an early yellow.
3' The crowd cheers in unison when Messi gets a touch on the ball. It's safe to say they're harboring no ill-feelings towards the Barcelona forward for his preemptive decision to retire from international play - one which he renounced just a month later.
1' It's Argentina and Uruguay, a rivalry as old as time itself, and it's underway in Mendoza!
Uruguay are anchored at the back by Atletico Madrid centre-back duo Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, who start alongside Jorge Fucile and Gaston Silva in defence. 
Uruguay boast an equally impressive attacking force, led by Messi's Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez. El Pistolero, as they call him, leads the line tonight for the Celeste, flanked by Edinson Cavani and Nicolas Lodeiro.
Alongside Messi in attack is Angel di Maria and Paulo Dybala, while Lucas Pratto leads the line. The Atletico Mineiro striker makes his debut in the absence of Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero.
Buaza opts for a 4-2-3-1 in his first game in charge of Argentina, and he's boosted by the return of Lionel Messi from injury. The Barcelona forward wavered on his international future, but he's back and he's in the XI tonight, just two months removed from his penalty miss against Chile in the Copa final.
URUGUAY (4-3-3): Muslera; Fucile, Gimenez, Godin, Gaston; Sanchez, Corujo, Arevalo; Lodeiro, Cavani, Suarez.
ARGENTINA (4-2-3-1): Romero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Funes Mori, Mas; Mascherano, Biglia; Messi, Dybala, Di Maria; Pratto.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
They have their big guns back in attack and will be eager to right the ship this evening, though it will be far from easy against an Argentina side keen to erase the lingering memory of July’s penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the Copa final.
Uruguay’s near perfect start to the qualifying campaign has them sitting at the top of Conmebol entering the seventh round of matches. That form failed to carry over to the Copa America this summer, however, as they crashed out of the group stage in rather embarrassing fashion.
Bauza’s first task was to convince Lionel Messi to reverse his retirement decision, and he was successful in doing so. Next up the 58-year-old has to deliver the Albiceleste their first major trophy since 1993 – and the pressure is on in a big way.
Argentina begin the Edgardo Bauza era tonight, following Gerardo Martino’s dismissal after their heartbreaking defeat to Chile in the final of this summer’s Copa America Centenario.
Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza as Argentina play host to Uruguay in this mouth-watering World Cup qualifier!
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