Lionel Messi Scores Penalty as Argentina Beat Bolivia in World Cup Qualifier

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Lionel Messi Scores Penalty as Argentina Beat Bolivia in World Cup Qualifier
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Lionel Messi was at his sparkling best on Tuesday as Argentina claimed a key 2-0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia in Cordoba.

Gabriel Mercado gave the home side the lead after 20 minutes before Messi doubled the lead from the spot 10 minutes later—though there was some debate regarding the referee's decision to award a penalty for what appeared a clean tackle.

Argentina held out to claim their third win from six qualifiers. Along the way, Messi continued to entertain with an array of fleet-footed dribbles.

Messi will now return to club action with Barcelona, who face great rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday.

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