• first half
  • 15'
  • 30'
  • second half
  • 60'
  • 75'
  • 90'

9' Messi

22' Pratto

27' Pratto

28' Mercado

36' Banega

62' Out Banega in Enzo Pérez

68' Ramiro Funes Mori

78' Out Pratto in Higuaín

83' Di María

84' Out Di María in Marcos Acuña


28' James

30' Santiago Arias

45' Out Wilmar Barrios in Torres

58' Eder Balanta

66' Out Daniel Torres in Jonathan Copete

76' Cuadrado

75' Out Falcao in Bacca


Messi leads Argentina up table after Colombia win

Argentina's 3-0 win over Colombia with a magical performance from their main man helped them leapfrog their opponents. A media boycott then followed.

Leo Messi, el gran protagonista de la victoria de Argentina por 3-0 ante Colombia.

Messi magic keeps Albiceleste in the hunt

It was billed as a must-win game for Argentina if they were to have any serious ambitions about qualifying for Russia 2018 and, thanks to their talisman Lionel Messi, they took all three points against Colombia in San Juan.

Messi curled home a stunning 30-yard free-kick to get the team going and set up goals for Lucas Pratto and Angel Di Maria. The victory elevated Argentina into the qualifying places after a disastrous run of results which saw them take just two points from their previous four games.

VARIOS 16The moment before Messi connects with the free kick that opened the scoring for Argentina.

Media shun for marijuana claim

But the feelgood factor generated by the result was overshadowed by a media boycott imposed by a furious Messi and his Argentina team-mates after the final whistle. Messi said the Albiceleste's players were incensed by a claim made by an Argentine journalist that forward Ezequiel Lavezzi had been caught smoking marijuana in the camp. Lavezzi, who was not included on the substitutes bench against Colombia, has angrily denied the claims.

"We have made the decision not to talk to the press anymore, obviously you know why," said Messi, who has an often tense relationship with Argentina's media. "There were a lot of accusations, a lot of disrespect, and the accusations they made against 'Pocho' (Lavezzi) are very serious."

"We know that most of you guys don't play that game of disrespect. We can be criticised if we lose, or win, or if we play well or badly. But this is getting into personal lives. If we don't put a stop to it now, we'll never stop it."

Back in their own hands

World Cup 2018 South American qualifying

Table PTS W D L
4Chile 20 6 2 4
5Argentina 19 5 4 3
6Colombia 18 5 3 4
Full standing

*Update 16 de noviembre de 2016

Tuesday's win left Argentina in fifth spot in the 10-team standings, with 19 points from 12 games. The top four sides qualify automatically for the 2018 finals while the fifth-placed team goes into a play-off with the first-placed team from the Oceania zone.

Colombia meanwhile slipped to sixth place following the defeat, one point behind Argentina.

World Cup 2018 South American qualifying

Table PTS W D L
5Argentina 19 5 4 3
6Colombia 18 5 3 4
7Perú 15 4 3 5
Full standing

*Update 16 de noviembre de 2016