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Lionel Messi-less Argentina beat Chile thanks to Angel di Maria wonder strike

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 28th January, 2022 10:09:28 AM
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Lionel Messi-less Argentina beat Chile thanks to Angel di Maria wonder strike

Argentina’s Angel Di Maria stepped up in the absence of talismanic Lionel Messi to lift his team to a 2-1 win over Chile in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Thursday (January 27). Di Maria weaved past Chile defenders before unleashing a wonderful strike to beat goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in World Cup qualifying match.

The first-half goal opened the scoring for Argentina, who went on to win 2-1 and remain second in the CONMEBOL table. Di Maria had been asked to step up with Lionel Messi left out of the squad due to his recent bout with COVID-19.

After Chile’s Ben Brereton Diaz headed in an equaliser in the 20th minute, Lautaro Martinez responded for Argentina with a goal in the 34th minute. The Albiceleste held on to that advantage the rest of the match.

Di Maria has now scored three international goals since the start of last summer and has earned back his starting spot after briefly being dropped in June. Along with the likes of Lautaro, Di Maria has helped give Messi a string of strong performances from his supporting cast.

“When Leo (Messi) is there, everything is always much easier,” Di Maria said. “The important thing is to continue working in this way and give more joy to the Argentines.”

 

Source: Agency