BUENOS AIRES, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Argentina ended a run of six successive draws by beating neighbours Uruguay 2-1 in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero put Argentina 2-0 ahead
within 15 minutes as they threatened to run away with the
In a game of ferocious tackling and punctuated by scuffles
between players, Uruguay battled their way back into the
contest and Diego Lugano pulled one back five minutes before
The win left Argentina with 16 points from nine games in
the 10-team South American group while Uruguay have 12.
Paraguay referee Carlos Torres played an unwitting part in
Argentina's first goal after only six minutes.
A clearance out of the Uruguay defence hit the official and
ricocheted straight to Juan Roman Riquelme.
The enigmatic number 10, whose place was under threat after
a run of lacklustre displays, delivered a perfectly flighted
cross to the far post that was headed in by Messi.
Uruguay had barely recovered from that when the hosts
struck again following another move down the left.
Esteban Cambiasso fired against the post from Carlos
Tevez's cross and Aguero snapped up the rebound.
Uruguay came back fighting, replacing fullback Jorge Fucile
with forward Edinson Cavani in the 25th minute and deservedly
pulled one back five minutes before the break.
Luis Suarez managed to keep the ball in after a shot hit a
defender and pulled it back into the middle of a crowded area
where Lugano turned it in.
The game turned niggly in the second half with Argentina
showing only sporadic flashes of inspiration and Uruguay rarely
looking like snatching an equaliser.
Tevez had a shot punched away by Juan Castillo and Aguero
volleyed wide after a neat combination between Riquelme and
Messi in two rare moments of excitement.