Messi inspires Argentina win over Chile

Lionel Messi

Argentina gained revenge for the Copa America final defeat by Chile last summer

Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to a 2-1 win over Chile in South American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The Barcelona forward, who missed the first four games of the campaign with a knee injury, laid on the 24th-minute winner for defender Gabriel Mercado.

Felipe Gutierrez had put Chile ahead before Paris St-Germain winger Angel Di Maria equalised in Santiago.

Argentina, beaten finalists in 2014, are fourth in the 10-team group with the top four qualifying automatically.

Second-placed Uruguay play Brazil, who are fifth, in Recife on Friday, in Luis Suarez’s first competitive international since biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

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