A late winner from Joaquin Correa helped Argentina come from behind to beat Bolivia 2-1 on Tuesday and keep their 100% winning campaign within the South American World Cup qualifiers.
Bolivia took the lead after 24 minutes when captain Marcelo Martins rose unmarked score a cross from the left.
Nonetheless, Argentina, who beat guests Ecuador 1-0 of their opener final week, equalised seconds earlier than half-time when a clearance from defender Jose Maria Carrasco hit Lautaro Martinez few yards from goal, scored the first for the Argentinans.
Correa obtained Argentina’s winner with a candy left-foot strike 11 minutes from the ultimate whistle as Bolivia suffered one other defeat following their 5-0 thrashing away to Brazil last week .
The end result was Argentina’s ninth sport unbeaten beneath coach Lionel Scaloni and their first win in Bolivia since 2005.
They won despite their evident troubles with the thin air, with the sport being performed at excessive altitude in La Paz, and a few of their gamers took gulps of oxygen in conjunction with the pitch throughout a busy second half during which they dominated their rivals.
Martinez may have had a hat trick however scooped one probability over the bar and had one other effectively saved by the Bolivian keeper.
“We knew what this game meant to us because of its history,” the Inter Milan striker stated. “We’re not going to deny that it’s difficult to play here.
“I think this team showed lots of heart and lots of brains. We’re very happy.”
The end result was a disappointment for Bolivia, who have been trying to report back-to-back wins over Argentina for the primary time of their historical past.
Bolivia have began the qualifiers for the 2022 match with two consecutive losses.
The highest 4 sides within the 10-team South American group qualify immediately for Qatar 2022 and the fifth-placed facet goes into an inter-regional playoff.