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WC Qualification South America
8 October 2011
• Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Capital Federal, Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Referee: W. Roldán
• Attendance: 25000
G. Higuaín 8', 52', 63'
L. Messi 26'
M. Fernández 60'
Thanks for joining Goal.com's live coverage of the contest. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and it's been a pleasure. Stick with Goal.com for the match report, player ratings and reactions.
90' + 2'
Game over! Argentina win 4-1! Fantastic performance from the two-time World Cup winners.
The Argentine defence are holding their positioning well, giving Chile problems as they have all night. Two minutes of added time.
Higuain looks for another goal from outside the box, but places the ball way over the crossbar.
Jonas using his massive frame to hold off defenders as he helps in defence. The frustration builds for Chile as the seconds pass.
Ángel Di María
Five minutes remaining in the contest. Higuain's three goals make him the leader after one round of games. Diego Lugano of Uruguay scored two goals in the 4-2 win over Bolivia earlier.
Di Maria comes off to Gutierrez, the midfielder who plays for Newcastle in England.
It's official: Suazo does not have luck. The striker should have grabbed one goal on the night, missing another chance in front of goal, failing to settle the ball.
Jonas Gutierrez coming on for Argentina, their last sub of the contest.
Salvio is coming on the pitch now as Sosa exits the pitch. A striker for a midfielder?
SUAZO!!!!!! Vargas sends in a cross to the back post, and the striker nearly sends it to the far side, but the ball flies by the post.
Vargas takes a chance on goal as the result looks certain, sending the ball near the stands.
15 minutes left in the game. Chile are having trouble with the ball in attack, despite poor positioning from the Argentine defenders in the last few minutes.
Borghi looks upset on the bench, and he has a reason to be. Chile are playing just awful, minus their star Alexis Sanchez.
Just over 20 minutes remaining, and Argentina make a change. Rinaudo comes on for Banega.
One of the finest performances by Messi in the Argentine shirt? After a speedy run into the box, the ball gets stolen. The attacker gets up after being tackled, stealing the ball and sending Higuain through with a perfect pass, but Higuain goes for goal and misses, failing to see Di Maria alone in front of goal.
All the momentum to Argentina as they nearly find their fifth as Di Maria sends Higuain through, but the unforgiving angle made it near impossible as the shot goes wide.
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL PIPITA!!!! HAT-TRICK!!!! Bravo clears the ball poorly, sending it right to Messi at the top of the box. Higuain and the Barca star play a little combination, sending Higuain on goal. The striker changes the ball from his right foot to his left, finishing comfortable into the left side of the goal from the middle of the box.
Yellow Card Gonzalo Jara
Goal Mati Fernández
Yellow Card Marcos Rojo
GOAL CHILE! 3-1! Andujar looked to have been fouled in the box, but the ref does not make the call. Banega tries to clear the ball, but the ball shoot up into the sky. The goalkeeper goes up to punch the ball out, but Suazo's challenge leaves the ball into the box, where Fernandez puts it away for his 11th goal after a pass from Valdivia.
Higuain scored a hat-trick for Real Madrid last weekend. One goal shy of the same feat here.
Nearly the fourth for Argentina as Dia Maria looks for the head of Messi on the counter. The former Benfica man put a little too much on the ball as Bravo grabbed it with little trouble.
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL PIPITAAAAAAAA!!!! HIGUAIN BAGS A BRACE!!!!! Di Maria sends in a low, bouncing cross into the box to Higuain, who finds space well, then turning and firing home with a powerful shot! Total domination at the moment by the Argentines.
Chile looks a little more lively in the second half. But, Argentina are now on the counter.
Higuain steals the ball in the attacking half, pacing down the left side. The Real Madrid man tries to return the favour to Messi, but his cross across the face of the box is too strong. Moments later, Messi goes through on goal but is denied by the chest of Bravo.
20 seconds in and Chile have their first chance. Valdivia controls the ball at the top of the box and looks for the right-side netting with a placed shot, but Andujar saves the ball with ease.
The second half has begun!
The second half is minutes away.
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Very solid performance from Argentina in the first half. Chile are obviously not the same without Sanchez and Medel. 45 minutes remain for Borghi's men to get a decent result in Buenos Aires.
Yellow Card Ever Banega
That's it for the first half from the Monumental.
NOOO!!! SUAZO!!!! WHAT A MISS!!!!! The attacker beats three defenders in the box, and with a clear look on goal, is denied as Zabaleta's foot deflects the shot by the right post and out for a corner, one that Chile do nothing with.
Yellow Card Jean Beausejour
Jean Beausejour hits a ball to the back post to Isla, but the midfielder's header goes way wide.
Little time left before half time, dangerous time for Chile to get one back.
Suazo sends a dangerous ball into the box but Otamendi does well, sliding in for a challenge to eliminate the threat.
Higuain was in defence on his goal, helping out on Chile's free kick. He then darted 72 metres down the field for the goal. Nice grafic of the goal shown on TV in Argentina.
Di Maria is fouled outside of the box. Well, he dove. Messi's free kick goes to the back post, but Jara heads it out.
Messi is fouled on the left side of the box. Nice set piece coming here for the Argentines.
The goal was Messi's fifth in qualifying, and his first ever against Chile.
Goal Lionel Messi
Messi!!!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!! Seconds after missing after being denied by Beausejour, the Barca star is sent through by Higuain, finishing with low shot from the top of the box into the bottom-left corner. What a goal!
SUAZO!!!!!!!!! The Chiliean attacker tries his luck from outside the box as the Argentina defence is caught sleeping on a set piece. The ball flies past the far post, nearly surprising Andujar!
Higuain slips on the pitch. Looked like a tough fall, but he gets up fine. Moments later, Banega and Zabaleta had chances to send in crosses, but both fail as Chile defend well.
Another set piece, and Fernandez sends the ball right to Andujar
Poor cross from Fernandez. Then, Chile commit a foul in the attacking half.
Chile have another chance, another set piece from the left side of the goal. Cross coming in from Fernandez.
Matias Fernandez tries his luck from the top of the box after Suazo set him up, but the shot goes flying wide of the goal.
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL PIPITA!!!!!!! HIGUAIN!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A FINISH! The Real Madrid man puts Argentina up off the counter. Di Maria plays a ball from near field into the box to Higuain, and the striker settles well, pounding the ball into the upper right of the goal!
Suazo takes the ball down the left side after Messi loses it, but Burdisso denies the attacker. Moments after, Brana commits a foul. Solid chance from a set piece coming for Chile.
Sosa slips on the pitch, and Banega tries his luck from outside the box, but Bravo does well to save it.
Argentina controlling most of the ball in the early going. Di Maria steals the ball from Chile as the home side go on the counter.
The match has begun!
National anthems playing now. As many may have noticed, no Sergio Aguero, who is injured. Same for Gary Medel and Alexis Sanchez. Also missing is Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Chile's starting XI: Bravo; Jara, Ponce, Vidal; Isla, Carmona, Valdivia, Fernandez, Beausejour; Suazo, Pinilla.
Argentina's starting XI: Andujar; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Burdisso, Rojo; Sosa, Brana, Banega, Di Maria; Messi, Higuain.
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The starting XI for both sides is coming shortly.
It's a chilly, rainy and quite nasty day here in Argentina. Terrible weather throughout the day has left the pitch at the Monumental in poor shape. The storm made things difficult in Uruguay's 4-2 win over Bolivia earlier. We shall see if the weather has any influence on this battle.
Welcome ladies and gentleman to Goal.com's live coverage of South America's World Cup Qualifying. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and I'll be providing updates from the clash between Argentina and Chile in Buenos Aires.
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