La Celeste achieved a historic double in a row
It leads with 12 of 15 possible points and Uruguay follows with 10
The Uruguayan team with Marcelo Bielsa to the head, defeated with authority this Thursday at the La Bombonera stadium by 0-2 against Argentinawhich lost its undefeated record in the qualifying rounds, although not the lead, but was more exposed to its rivals.
With goals from Ronald Araújo (m.40) and Darwin Núñez (m.87), La Celeste achieved a historic double in a row since they had just defeated Brazil by the same score in the Montevideo Centennial.
This way, Argentina resigned its undefeated record in 2023 and lost the invincibility of his goal.
The Albiceleste leads with 12 of 15 possible units and Uruguay follows with 10.
Uruguay as a visitor to Argentina, La Celeste imposed its high pressure from the beginning of the match to the point that in the 9th minute he had his first chance to open the scoring with a speedy arrival from Darwin Núñez, beating Nicolás Otamendi with a shot that went just wide.
The response came just three minutes later.n a shot that Rochet contained well placed.
Then there was tension between several players from both teams after a blow to Nicolás González’s face.
From that moment on, Lionel Messi argued with Manuel Ugarte and Mathias Olivera to the point that he asked for the ball in the 22nd minute and generated a free kick on the edge of the area that hit the barrier after the Inter Miami player himself executed it.
An explosive run by Núñez ended with a cross that required a fair cross from Nicolás Tagliafico before the arrival of Pellistri.
That was a preview because in the 40th minute Matías Viña won over the right back, he won the ball from Nahuel Molina and took a cross cross that he found the arrival of Ronald Araújo for a cross definition that surpassed the effort of goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez.
This goal marked the end of the undefeated 2023 of the Argentine National Team, which until this match had not suffered the fall of its fence and, in addition, put an end to an unbeatable condition for ‘Dibu’ Martínez, whose last goal conceded had been by Kylian Mbappéin the final of the Qatar World Cup against France.
In the second half, Argentina opted to rotate its bench with the additions of Lautaro Martínez and Ángel Di Maríato the point that in the 56th minute the local team had a chance with a free kick from Lionel Messi that hit the crossbar.
Uruguay controlled the game to the point that Argentina could not reach the goal until the 77th minute with a cross from Ángel Di María that Rochet cleared.
And in the 87th minute a lethal counterattack from the visitors with a speed clearance from Nicolás De la Cruz for Darwin Núñez who, after two fakes, defined crossed to sentence the victory of the Celeste.
The last time Uruguay had beaten Argentina in regular time as a visitor It had been in the 1987 Copa América 0-1 with a goal from Antonio Alzamendi at the ‘Monumental’ stadium in Núñez, while on penalties it had been in 2011 for the same tournament in the quarterfinals at the ‘Cementerio de los Elefantes’ stadium in Santa Fe.
On the sixth day of these Qualifiers, This Tuesday Argentina will visit Brazil at the Maracaná stadium in Rio de Janeirowhile Uruguay will host Bolivia at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo.
0. Argentina: Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina Star, Christian Rosemary, Nicholas Otamendi, Nicholas Tagliafico (m.79, Mark Coin); Rodrigo De Paul (m.62, Exequiel Palaces), Enzo Fernandez and Alexis Mac Allister (m.46, Lautaro Martinez); Lionel Messi, Julian Alvarez (m.79, Giovani Lo Celso) and Nicolas Gonzalez (m.52, Angel Di Maria). Coach: Lionel Scaloni.
2. Uruguay: Sergio Rochet; Ronald Araújo, Sebastian Caceres, Mathias Olivera and Mathias Vina (m.46, Jose Maria Gimenez); Federico Valverde, Manuel Ugarte and Nicolas De la Cruz; Facundo Pellistri (m.88, Augustin Canobbio), Darwin Nunez (m.90, Federico Viñas) and Maximilian Araujo (m.61, Rodrigo Bentancur). Coach: Marcelo Bielsa.
Goals: 0-1, m.40: Ronald Araújo. 0-2, m.87: Darwin Núñez.
Referee: Colombian Wilmar Roldán cautioned Alexis Mac Allister, Lautaro Martínez, Cristian Romero, Exequiel Palacios, Manuel Ugarte, José María Giménez and Mathias Olivera.
Incidents: Match on the fifth day of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup played at the ‘La Bombonera’ Alberto J. Armando stadium in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca, in front of 53,235 spectators.