Argentina weather Chile storm to win 2-1
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Argentina opened up a three-point lead in South America's World Cup qualifying group after goals from Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain gave them a 2-1 victory over Chile on Tuesday.
Argentina weathered an early storm at the Estadio Nacional before Messi broke into the box, sidestepped a defender and beat goalkeeper Miguel Pinto in the 28th minute.
Three minutes later Higuain came into the box, rounded two defenders and curled a left-foot shot into Pinto's far corner.
Felipe Gutierrez pulled a goal back for the home side in added time.
Argentina are three points ahead of second-placed Ecuador with 20 points from nine matches, with Messi and Higuain joint top scorers with Uruguay's Luis Suarez on seven.
We faced a team who always create problems for whatever side team they come up against. In the first half, there were more chances for both sides, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella told reporters.
Chile, who had lost their previous two matches and come under fire from the media and fans, coped well with the loss of injuries and suspensions and only their finishing let them down.
We are strong in our convictions, the more so after the match we had today. The coaching staff are strong, the squad are strong, Chile's assistant coach Jaime Vera, speaking instead of suspended manager Claudio Borghi, said.
Argentina had to weather an early storm, with Chile forward Sebastian Pinto missing two chances in five minutes.
Alexis Sanchez and Mauricio Isla, who played together at Udinese, combined well to cause Pablo Zabaleta problems at left back, and Mark Gonzalez missed another chance for Chile in the 15th minute when his header was deflected away by goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Argentina threatened for the first time in the 18th minute when Higuain stole the ball from Gonzalo Jara and his shot was saved by Pinto.
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