World Cup qualifying: Argentina beat Paraguay at home for first time since 1973 (video)

Lionel Messi celebrates another stunning goal for his collection

Friday evening didn’t bring any Torneo Inicial matches – those will be played over Saturday, Sunday and Monday – but it did feature a World Cup qualifying match in which Argentina dispatched Paraguay 3-1 in Córdoba with an expertly-finished goal from Ezequiel Lavezzi (flicking it in off his back – a real genius finish), a fine goal from Gonzalo Higuaín later in the first half, and a spectacular long range free kick from Lionel Messi, who thus became the first player since Hernán Crespo a decade ago to score in six consecutive games for Argentina. Paraguay’s goal came from the penalty spot, and was scored by Jonathan Fabbro, therefore all four goals were scored by Argentines (Fabbro recently took Paraguayan citizenship having lived there for five years). The highlights of the match are right here.

World Cup Brazil 2014 Qualifying, Friday 7th September 2012

 Argentina 3 – 1 Paraguay

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