The result was paramount but perhaps other than the spirit showed to hold off Chile, there was little to get excited about after Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile.
Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game after Jose Fuenzalida had perhaps harshly been adjudged to have impeded Angel Di María allowing the Argentina captain to vanquish some demons and send Claudio Bravo the wrong way following his Copa América final miss.
Nicolás Otamendi should have doubled the lead before the break but from then on, Chile were dominant.
Edgardo Bauza’s bizarre selection of Sergio Agüero in the number ten role left the midfield somewhat empty and Argentina failed to either control possession or create meaningful attacks.
Alexis Sánchez came inches from equalising with a free kick that crashed off the crossbar and later thought he had earned a penalty when tripped onto his way into the penalty area only for the referee to award another free kick.
Argentina held on for the vital three points but despite Edgardo Bauza claiming the performance was brilliant, everyone was aware of just how poor La Albiceleste were. The win was what mattered and with it Argentina climbed to third but that could all change on Tuesday with a difficult match in La Paz.
Argentina 1 – 0 Chile