Argentina faced Uruguay for the fifth date of the South American Qualifiers. At La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, the match was very frictional and had moments of strong legs. Like the one that happened halfway through the initial stage when Rodrigo De Paul and Mathías Olivera got into a fight and everything ended in a pitched battle between both teams. Lionel Messi even reacted and grabbed the Uruguayan defender by the neck.
The action originated at 18 minutes on the right side with a cross between Maximiliano Araujo, Alexis Mac Allister and that ended with Romero’s holiday reproaching the Uruguayan defender for not getting rid of the ball. While the Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan quickly showed up to calm things down, the discussions raised the temperature until Rodrigo DePaul reacts to an insult Manuel Ugarte with a push.
At that moment, he appears on the scene Mathias Olivera who is left face to face with the Argentine player from Atlético de Madridwhile the Colo try to separate. It was at this moment when Lionel Messi also adds and seeks to separate, taking the Napoli footballer by the neck from Italy. After a minute of tension and when it seemed that calm was taking over the scene, with referee Wilmar Roldán reproaching Olivera for his attitude, the action between the Uruguayan and Lionel Messi continued, with Rodrigo De Paul shouting in the background.
The Argentine captain was distraught and when the match resumed he was seen The flea arguing with the Napoli defender. Messi’s anger was such that when Argentina recovered the ball He took his fury into an action of pure speed and dribblingwhich allowed him to have a great chance with a stopped ball, after a hard foul in the crescent by Manuel Ugarte. This situation once again generated a new discussion between several footballers, including his own Ugartewho made obscene gestures at By Paul.
The sequence of images of the fight between the players from Argentina and Uruguay:
Finally, Argentina fell 2-0 to Uruguay and lost one undefeated race of 14 parties. After two wasted opportunities by Darwin Núñez and Nicolás de la Cruz, the Celeste opened the scoring at 41 minutes through Ronald Araújo after a center from Matías Viña from the right, and a weak exit of Nahuel Molina Lucero who could not reject a dominated ball.
The second goal for the team led by Argentine Marcelo Bielsa was scored by Darwin Núñez in the 87th minute after a pass from De la Cruz and a long run from his own field on a counterattack. Despite the defeat, Argentina continues to lead the competition with 12 points, two ahead of second place Uruguay and three ahead of Colombia, which gave the grade by beating Brazil.
The meeting took place in The Bombonera of Boca Juniors in front of 57,000 fans and Argentina did not lose since November from 2022 when they fell 2-1 before Saudi Arabia in the debut match of the World Cup in Qatar that Albiceleste ended up conquering.
In the South American Qualifiersthe albiceleste team lost an undefeated 25 games since the last 2-0 defeat against Bolivia as a visitor in La Paz in March 2017. In the next round, which will be played On Tuesday, Argentina will be a visitor to Brazil at the Maracaná stadium in Rio de Janeiro, while Uruguay will host Bolivia at the Centennial.
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