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Recap, Highlights and Reaction to Argentina's 2-1 Win over Chile

Joe TanseyFeatured Columnist IVNovember 19, 2016

Recap, Highlights and Reaction to Argentina's 2-1 Win over Chile

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    On Tuesday, Argentina continued their strong run in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying with a 2-1 win over Chile.

    Lionel Messi and company delivered two goals within three minutes to keep their spot at the top of the CONMEBOL qualifying table.

    Chile did pull a goal back at the end of the match but they were outmatched by their opponents all night.

    Here is a complete recap of the 2-1 win that made Argentina the first nation to 20 points in the South American qualifying zone.

Match Highlights

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    The 2-1 win was clinched midway through the first half for Argentina when Messi and Gonzalo Higuain scored goals three minutes apart.

    Messi's goal came in the 27th minute while Higuain scored his in the 30th minute.

    Chile did get a late goal from Felipe Gutierrez in second half stoppage time.

    Gutierrez's goal may not seen significant but it could matter next year if Chile's spot in qualifying table comes down to goal difference.

The Final CONMEBOL Spot May Come Down to Goal Differential

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    Chile's late goal from Gutierrez may effect the CONMEBOL standings if Chile stay tied with Venezuela and Uruguay.

    After Tuesday's matches across South America, Chile are tied with Venezuela and Uruguay on 12 points.

    If the qualifying process ended today, Venezuela would take the fourth automatic CONMEBOL spot, Uruguay would go to the playoff against the third-placed team from Asia, and Chile would be eliminated.

    The first tiebreaker in the table is goal differential which Venezuela leads, but only by one goal on Uruguay and just three above Chile.

    It may not seem so significant now but Gutierrez's goal against Argentina helped out the goal differential of the Chileans.

Messi and Higuain Stay Tied for CONMEBOL Goal Lead

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    Three minutes after Messi took the lead in CONMEBOL qualifying scoring, Gonzalo Higuain equaled his teammate with seven goals.

    However, after Tuesday's matches were completed, the two Argentinians were joined by Uruguay's Luis Suarez with seven goals a piece during qualifying.

    There have only been two matches out of the nine played where neither Messi or Higuain scored for their country, with one of those matches being a 1-0 shutout loss to Venezuela.

Argentina Thrive on a Day Where Other 2014 Favorites Struggle

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    Argentina are one of the favorites to win the 2014 World Cup and of the many nations considered to be favorites to win it all in Brazil, and they were the only one to come out victorious.

    Germany, Spain and Portugal all were held to draws in their respective UEFA qualifying matches in what was a very unpredictable day across Europe.

    While those three nations will face questions from the media after their matches about their ability to win against other big name nations, Argentina will not.

    Argentina silenced any critics, if they even have any, with their commanding 2-1 away win over Chile.

How the CONMEBOL Table Looks After Tuesday

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      Games Played Points Goal Differential
    Argentina 9 20 +13
    Ecuador 9 17 +3
    Colombia 8 16 +8
    Venezuela 9 12 -1
    Uruguay 9 12 -2
    Chile 9 12 -4
    Bolivia 9 8 -2
    Peru 9 8 -5
    Paraguay 9 7

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