No Messi, but Lavezzi, Palacio & Agüero fill in as Argentina beat Peru 3-1 (video)

Friday night saw Argentina host Peru in Buenos Aires’ Estadio Monumental in their last home match of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuaín were among the absences due to injury, but an impressive attacking performance saw the side win 3-1. Claudio Pizarro scored a fantastic lob to give Peru the lead, but Argentina equalised within minutes through Ezequiel Lavezzi, who added a second by finishing a fine team move minutes before half time. Early in the second half, Rodrigo Palacio tapped in from Marcos Rojo’s cross. Argentina – the holders of the Unofficial World Cup – haven’t lost since the 11th September 2011. That’s the longest unbeaten run of any international team in the world at present. Their next match (the last of the qualifiers) is against Uruguay on Tuesday.

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