In Buenos Aires, gritty Uruguay got a statement win beating 2-0 Lionel Messi‘s world champions Argentina at their iconic Bombonera stadium thanks to goals from Ronald Araújo and Darwin Núñez in each half.
Uruguay were the better side from start to finish and with the win they climbed to second in the standings on 10 points, two behind leaders Argentina who dropped their first points in five games in the South America World Cup Qualifiers and lost their first match since the World Cup.
It is the first time Uruguay has ever beaten Argentina in an away World Cup qualifying match.
Argentina star Messi saw his streak of nine straight starts for Argentina with a goal snapped — the longest of his national team career — and it was the first time he failed to score in a game that he started for Argentina since the World Cup Group Stage against Poland on Nov. 30, 2022.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.