Argentina’s world class forwards were instrumental in a 2-1 away win over Chile on Tuesday that gave the visitors a three-point lead in the standings as the South American World Cup qualifying campaign takes a break until March.
Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain struck within minutes of each other half an hour into the match, taking their personal tallies to seven, with Chile pulling one back through substitute Felipe Gutierrez in added time at the end of the game.
Argentina have 20 points from nine matches three more than Ecuador who drew 1-1 away at Venezuela and four ahead of Colombia who have a game in hand. They rode their luck in the opening half hour when Chile created several chances, then showed superior finishing to settle the match.
"We have forwards of huge standing who normally never forgive (mistakes). Argentina were sharper with their finishing," Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said.