The Uruguayan team, led by Marcelo Bielsa, excluded from leading the tricolor despite his interest, confidently defeated Argentina 0-2 at La Bombonera Stadium this Thursday, losing their unbeaten record in the qualifying rounds Although they did not have the Taking the lead, she was more exposed to her rivals.
With goals from Ronald Araújo (40 mins) and Darwin Núñez (87 mins), La Celeste achieved a historic double in a row, having just beaten Brazil by the same score at the Centenario in Montevideo.
In this way, Argentina gave up its unbeaten record in 2023 and lost the invincibility of its goal, although it still leads with 12 units out of 15 possible and Uruguay follows with 10.
This is how Uruguay’s victory came about
When Uruguay visited Argentina, the Celeste applied so much pressure from the start of the game that they had the first opportunity in the 9th minute with a quick shot from Darwin Núñez, who beat Nicolás Otamendi with a shot Scoring a goal was There was hardly any distraction.
The answer came just three minutes later with a well-placed shot from Rochet.
Then, after Nicolás González was punched in the face, tensions arose between several players from both teams.
From that moment on, Lionel Messi argued with Manuel Ugarte and Mathias Olivera to the point that in the 22nd minute he asked for the ball and created a free kick on the edge of the penalty area that hit the barrier after the Inter Miami player hit it had carried out himself.
An explosive run from Núñez ended with a cross that required a fair cross from Nicolás Tagliafico before Pellistri arrived.
That was a preview, because in the 40th minute Matías Viña broke through the right-back, won the ball from Nahuel Molina and took a cross that met the arrival of Ronald Araújo for a cross definition that the performance of goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez exceeded.
This goal marked the end of the unbeaten 2023 of the Argentine national team, which had not suffered a fall until this game, and, moreover, put an end to the unbeatable state of “Dibu” Martínez, who had conceded the last goal of Kylian Mbappé in the final of the World Cup in Qatar against France.
In the second half, Argentina decided to change their bench with new signings Lautaro Martínez and Ángel Di María, so the local team had a chance in the 56th minute with a free kick from Lionel Messi hitting the crossbar.
Uruguay controlled the game so much that Argentina could only pose a threat in the 77th minute when Rochet cleared Ángel Di María’s cross.
And in the 87th minute, a deadly counterattack from the visitors with a quick release from Nicolás De la Cruz to Darwin Núñez, who, after two fakes, defined a cross to seal the victory of the Celeste.
The last time that visiting Uruguay beat Argentina in regular time was in the Copa América in 1987, 0-1 with a goal from Antonio Alzamendi at the “Monumental” stadium in Núñez, while it was on penalties in 2011 in the same tournament in the quarter-finals at the Cementerio de los Elefantes Stadium in Santa Fe.
On the sixth day of these qualifying matches, Argentina hosts Brazil this Tuesday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, while Uruguay hosts Bolivia at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo.