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WC Qualification South America

  • October 13, 2012
  • • 01:00
  • • Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Provincia de Mendoza
  • Referee: Leandro Pedro Vuaden
  • • Attendance: 31997

Live Commentary

  • And that's all from me, too. Cheers for hanging around. I'll see you all again soon, no doubt.
  • And that's all, folks. Argentina run out easy winners to take another step towards Brazil 2014. Uruguay have a lot to do.
  • 90'
    El Mono Pereira having some words with Messi. Maxi's terrifying at the best of the times.
  • 90'
    Messi's free-kick deflects wide for a corner.
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Maxi Pereira
    Messi's down following a collision of sorts with Maxi Pereira. He appears to be claiming he was elbowed. Maxi goes into the book, replays show the he suffered a forearm to the chest.
  • 88'
    The game's up, and Uruguay finally find their passing rhythm.
  • 87'
    Forlan fires miles over from 30-yards. Uruguay have managed just 6 shots to Argentina's 17.
  • 85'
    ole ole ola, cada dia te quiero mas, sings the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. It's party time in Mendoza.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionGonzalo Higuaín Hernán Barcos
  • 83'
    Blimey. How the mighty have fallen. They may be missing Alvaro Pereira, Diego Perez and Gaston Ramirez, but this Uruguay look a shadow of their former selves.
  • 81'
    It was Ronaldinho-esque. He waited for the wall to hump, and rolled it underneath them all. Is there anything that fella can't do?
  • 80'
    Goal Messi
    Gol! Speaking of individual brilliance, Messi fires a free-kick low into the corner of Muslera's goal. 3-0.
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Diego Godín
  • 79'
    Their movement has certainly been better in the second period - it was that, rather than any individual brilliance, that brought both goals.
  • 77'
    See, this Argentina ain't half bad. Admittedly they haven't been hugely tested at the back, but they certainly look more solid than they did under Batista.
  • 75'
    Goal Sergio Agüero
    Gol de Argentina. Fantastic football. Fantastic goal. Sergio Aguero taps into an almost empty net after Messi flicks the ball though to Di Maria. His centre finds Kun unmarked.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionSergio Agüero Pablo Guiñazú
  • 73'
    Another free-kick for Argentina, which Messi will swing into the box. He instead plays it wide to Zabaleta, whose cross is poor and easily cleared.
  • 70'
    Higuan finds space wide left, but he's tackled. Not been a great night for the Hig so far.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionÁ. González Cristian Rodríguez
  • 68'
    SubstitutionMarcos Rojo Hugo Campagnaro
    Rojo's picked up a strain for some sort, and is replaced by Campagnaro.
  • 66'
    Goal Messi
    Gooooooooooooool de Argentina. Fantastic threaded ball from Di Maria, and Messi slides in to tap home from close range.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionDiego Lugano A. Scotti
    Diego Lugano's night is over. Andres Scotti comes one to replace Lugano, who caught a kick on his thigh from Messi and can't continue.
  • 63'
    "In order to dictate possession Argentina definitely need either Riquelme...," says our friend Don Ahmed. He suggested someone else, too, but never mind that. I agree. Get him back out there. He said he'd be up for a kick about if someone asked him.
  • 61'
    It must be infuriating playing against Messi, he just won't let anyone tackle him. Arevalo Rios will deck him in a minute.
  • 60'
    Aguero and Messi combine again, but Kun's strike from 20 yards is straight at Muslera.
  • 60'
    Suarez shoots from the halfway line. Easy for Romero. Ambitious.
  • 58'
    Argentina break, Aguero's cross finds Higuain, but the Real Madrid man can only scuff his shot into the side netting from a tight angle just a few yards out.
  • 56'
    Uruguay holding their shape and continuing to crowd out Argentina. Sabella could with getting his full-backs up and making the pitch a little bigger - no much space out there as it is.
  • 54'
    Lively start to the second half. Getting tasty out there. Argentina need to regain their calm and dictate possession again. I wonder how a certain 10 who's just stopped playing for Boca would do in that regard?
  • 52'
    Yellow Card Diego Lugano
  • 51'
    In fairness, Lugano did appear to be going for the ball, but it was a pretty robust challenge.
  • 51'
    Lugano goes into the book. Rios flicked the ball through, Romero came out, Lugano came in. Romero is still down. Lugano looks relieved.
  • 49'
    Lugano could be in trouble here.
  • 49'
    Ouch. That's a bad one. Lugano flies in two-footed on Romero. It's all kicking off.
  • 48'
    Whipped in, Uruguay don't deal with it, and Garay smashes it just over from close range.
  • 48'
    Di Maria and Rojo combine well on the left to earn a free-kick. Messi will take.
  • 47'
    In other news, Suarez hasn't dived yet, so calm down, people.
  • 46'
    Argentina kick off the second period.
  • okay, we're still waiting for the sides to emerge from the tunnel. Referee Leandro Pedro Vuaden‎ doesn't look overly impressed. Oh, here they are.
  • I've drunk way too much Yerba. Off for a break. See you in fifteen minutes. Although, being Argentina, that may be more like 35.
  • And that's half-time.
  • 45'
    Lovely little interchange from Messi and Aguero before it's cleared for a corner. Note the improvement in Messi's performances for his country since Kun became a regular feature in the side. They're good buddies, too.
  • 43'
    Fernando Gago attempts to sell Arevalo Rios a trick. The Uruguayan's having none of that, and just knocks the Valencia man to the floor. That'll learn him. Ref waves play on.
  • 42'
    Lovely, lovely ball from Messi. By god that little fella can weight a pass. Shame Kun was a fraction offside. Cracks beginning to appear when Messi is in possession.
  • 39'
    "Oh my days, Messi is on fire!! some of his touches, dribbles and passes have been outrageous!" shouts reader Max Jones, Oh my days indeed, Max. Isn't he a delight.
  • 38'
    Forlan finds Suarez from a corner, but the Liverpool man's attempt at a bicycle kick doesn't quite work out.
  • 36'
    And finally some pressure from Uruguay, who knock a couple of dangers crosses into the box. Well defended by Garay and Fernandez.
  • 35' reader Phily - he only has one name, sort of like Prince, I imagine - says he's eating a well known brand of chocolate, the one with the high Cocoa content. Beats my sunflower seeds.
  • 33'
    speaking of whom, "lol caceres acted like he just got shot in the leg, 30 seconds later gets up and walks away," says reader John Jesus. It's all in the game, John. It's all in the game.
  • 32'
    Yellow Card M. Cáceres
  • 32'
    Caceres goes into the book for bundling over Aguero.
  • 31'
    "Messi makes the outrageous look so easy," say's man in Argentina, Dan Edwards. You're a lot of things, Dan, but you're not wrong.
  • 30'
    "Cagey match so far," says reader Rob Bagnoli. "Uruguay's midfield not giving any time and space, looking to close down any opportunity." Aye, they certainly are.
  • 29'
    Messssiiii, no. The little man skips past three defenders but his curled shot clips the top of the bar. Closest we've come so far. That time Uruguay's crowding of the Barca man didn't work, he just ran through them all.
  • 27'
    Well we all expected to see Cavani in his traditional role for Uruguay, wide right. But in fact he is playing from the left this evening, with Suarez dropping right when Forlan pushes into a more advanced central role.
  • 26'
    This week, Oscar Tabarez said, “We have to keep Messi from getting the ball… his role has to be limited. It will be a disappointment if he’s in the game and scores a goal." So far so good, El Maestro.
  • 24'
    Stat attack: Of the 83 matches contested on Argentinian soil, the home side have won 51, 11 have ended in draws while Uruguay have won just 21 - their last victory in the home of their rivals arriving in the 1987 Copa America.
  • 23'
    Aguero ducks inside but fires his shot high over the bar.
  • 22'
    Uruguay keeping their shape well, pressing in packs before retreating and regrouping. Argentina yet to find a way through, but the visitors yet to look dangerous on the break.
  • 20'
    Aguero finds space beyond the Uruguayan defence, but Muslera is off his line quick to stamp out the danger.
  • 19'
    Typically brilliant from Messi, who dances past Gargano before playing it wide to Angel Di Maria, whose low shot is saved by Muslera.
  • 18' reader Salim Said is chewing on Tanzanian plantain while watching the game. Beats my sunflower seeds tbf.
  • 17'
    Kun Aguero goes down under a challenge from Arevalo inside the box. There was certainly contact, though a penalty may have been a little harsh. Sloppy from Uruguayan.
  • 15'
    "I hope Messi performs tonight in Mendoza and guides Argentina into a convincing victory over arch-rivals Uruguay," says reader Don Ahmed Bulgas. That's good stuff, you should have written our preview, Don Ahmed.
  • 13'
    Uruguay look intent on pressing Argentina tonight, Diego Godin coming all the way out to the halfway line to close down Aguero.
  • 11'
    Another ole as Messi chips the ball over Arevalo's head. He may live to regret that.
  • 10'
    Martin Caceres looks in a fair bit of pain. Didn't seem to be much in the challenge, but the Juve man is furious.
  • 9'
    Stat attack: Leo Messi is the second-smallest man on the pitch tonight; the shortest is the tenacious Walter Gargano who, with the wonderful, tenacious and indefatigable Arevalo Rios, will carry the responsibility for stopping the Barca man.
  • 8'
    It took Arevalo Rios over 7 minutes to concede his first fouls. Seriously.
  • 6'
    Rojo swings in a dangerous cross, but it's cut out before Higuain can tap in at the back post. The Hig then bundles Muslera over and it's a free-kick to Uruguay.
  • 5'
    oh, did you know that, as a coach, this is the first time Alejandro Sabella has faced Uruguay – a nation he served as assistant to Daniel Passarella between 1999-2001.
  • 4'
    And play will stop now. Mascherano isn't happy with Cavani, who appeared to stand on his, well, never-regions.
  • 3'
    And Aguero wins a free-kick on the left/ Messi swings it in, nothing doing.
  • 2'
    First ole of the night comes from Messi. Canooooo
  • 1'
    And we're off.
  • Uruguay (4-4-2): Muslera; M. Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres; Cavani, Gargano, Arevalo, Gonzalez; Forlan, Suarez.
  • And the teams are in. Argentina (4-3-3): Romera; Zabaleta, Garay, Fernandez, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria; Messi, Higuain, Aguero.
  • Stat attack: Of the 83 matches contested on Argentinian soil, the home side have won 51, 11 have ended in draws while Uruguay have won just 21 - their last victory in the home of their rivals arriving in the 1987 Copa America.
  • Stat Attack: Uruguay’s last victory over Argentina arrived back in 2005 at the Estadio Centenario, when Alvaro Recoba scored the only goal of the game; one in which both Diego Forland and Diego Lugano featured.
  • Okay, now let’s get down to business. This is a big one, perhaps as big as they come in international football, and it’s bound to be a fascinating evening – cue goalless draw. The two sides arrive in Mendoza on glaringly different trajectories to those on which they came into last year’s Copa America. Argentina lead the qualifying group after seven games and, a blip against a vastly improved Venezuela aside, can be pleased with their post-Copa form. Uruguay, on the other hand, have failed to recover from a disastrous Olympic campaign that was supposed to be a triumphant integration of a handful of new faces to an ageing side. La Celeste are without a win in their three games since London 2012, and followed up a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Colombia with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Ecuador.
  • Snack news: I have sunflower seeds and South America’s favourite hot beverage, Yerba Mate, to get me through the next couple of hours. Though as many min-by-min-Yerba causalities will tell you, drinking that much herbal tea at time when you’re supposed to be updating the coverage once a minute is, well, dicing with death – by ‘death’, I of course mean that you may actually miss something that happens in the game while in the loo. Terrifying stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree. Anyway, let us know via the Twitter or Facebook what snacks and herbal hot drinks you’ve opted for tonight.
  • Buenos noches chicos, welcome to's LIVE text commentary on tonight’s Conmebol World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Uruguay. My name is Rupert Fryer and I will be guiding you through the action this evening.