Dybala out for Bolivia-Argentina

  • Dybala out for Bolivia-Argentina

Dybala out for Bolivia-Argentina

The Argentina superstar had just played the full 90 minutes in his country's 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory, but there was a scuffle at the end of the match, with the Barcelona man in the centre of it.

However, thanks to "accidental goal" by Lautaro Martinez, Argentina managed to draw level at the half time.

Correa replaced Lucas Ocampos just before the hour mark and fired home the victor with 11 minutes remaining, with Argentina claiming their first victory in Bolivia for 15 years. In remarkably high altitude, Messi captained Argentina to their first win away at Bolivia for 15 years and though it won't go down in the stats, his work for the winning goal was essential.

Martinez could have had a hat-trick but scooped one chance over the bar and had another well saved by the Bolivian keeper.

"We've had a few hard days and some players haven't been 100% but we're confident of a positive result", he said. "We're not going to deny that it's hard to play here". This team showed a lot of heart and mind not to leave the rival comfortable, who knows how to play very well on their court.

La Paz is seen as a particularly arduous place to play given the altitude, and was the scene of an infamous 6-1 hammering for Messi and Co back in 2009.

Against Argentina, Bolivia started with Carlos Lampe in goal with Saul Torres, Jose Sagredo, Gabriel Valverde and Jose Maria Carrasco in front of him.

Its next two opponents in November's double header of matches are Ecuador and Paraguay, while Argentina will face Paraguay at home before traveling to Peru.

Moises Caicedo put it ahead after 13 minutes and then Michael Estrada got a goal each side of half time to put it firmly in the driving seat before Gonzalo Plata made it four with a quarter of an hour remaining.