Lionel Messi drives Argentina to deserved win over Bolivia in La Paz

Argentina came from behind to record their first victory in Bolivia for 15 years

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Leo Messi se abraza a Correa después de que este marcara el gol que le dio el triunfo a Argentina ante la siempre difícil Bolivia | sport

Argentina, led by their captain Lionel Messi, made it two wins from two in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup with a hard-fought 2-1 win in Bolivia on Tuesday. 

La Paz is always a difficult place to play due to the altitude and Argentina hadn't won there since 2005 but goals from Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa helped them come from behind to pick up the three points. 

Another tough game looked on the cards when veteran striker Marcelo Martins Moreno gave the home side an early lead at the Hernando Siles stadium. 

But Lionel Scaloni's side grew as the game developed, although their first goal was scrappy, Inter striker Lautaro charging down a defender and the ball deflecting back into the net off him. 

Everything was going through Messi but Argentina couldn't find the next goal. The Barcelona man fed Lautaro brilliantly, but his shot was well saved as the clock ticked down. 

However, the Albiceleste eventually grabbed the winner. Messi did well on the touchline to feed Lautaro, who fed Correa to smash home the decisive goal. 

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