Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi was in sensational form as Argentina swept away Bolivia to take another step towards qualification for next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. Lionel Messi was responsible for all the three goals as Argentina beat Bolivia 3-0 at home to make it two successive wins in the South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
Messi and Argentina have won two straight games in the qualifiers for the World Cup tournament next year since the late collapse against hosts Colombia in June.
Atalanta striker Luis Muriel pulled one back from the spot six minutes into the second half before Miguel Borja rescued a point for Colombia in the fourth minute of added time with a second goal.
Since the draw at the home of Colombia, Argentina have beaten the bottom two teams in the qualifiers namely Venezuela and Bolivia.
Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez, new Inter Milan signing Joaquin Correa and Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa were on target for Argentina in a 3-1 win over hosts Venzeuela in what was a matchday nine clash as far as the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the CONMEBOL region is concerned. Yeferson Soltero was the recipient of the consolation goal for the Venezuelans in the dying moments of the game played in Caracas last week Thursday.
Argentina then made it two consecutive wins with the thumping of Bolivia in Buenos Aires on Thursday night thanks to the brilliance of Lionel Messi. The Argentine national team skipper scored a treble during the game with two goals coming in the second half.
Lionel Messi scored all the goals in the 3-0 win at home to the Bolivians to take his tally to give goals in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the South American section and also take his overall tally to 79 for his country. He was able to break the record of Brazilian football legend Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) as the South American footballer with the most goals in the national team. Pele scored 77 goals for Brazil during his time with the Selecao.