Angel Di Maria and Gabriel Mercado supplied the goals to give the Albiceleste a vital second victory on the road to Russia 2018, after Felipe Gutierrez headed the hosts in front
Argentina had to fight back from a goal down, but did enough to gain revenge for the Copa America final defeat and down Chile 2-1 in Santiago.
The victory, secured by goals from Angel di Maria and Gabriel Mercado after Felipe Gutierrez put the home side ahead, was Argentina’s second of the campaign after winning just one of their previous four games.
The loss of Arturo Vidal was felt in the middle of the park for Chile, as the Bayern Munich midfielder’s absence left the home side short of power.
Starved of possession, Alexis Sanchez and his fellow forwards could not trouble an undermanned Argentina defence, which was missing Javier Mascherano.
Di Maria produced a moment of pure magic when he levelled the scores after 20 minutes, providing an inch-perfect finish from the left side of the box to leave Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo helpless.
His goal was well-timed with his side having to recover from going a goal down after Gutierrez ensured Chile’s good start was not in vein when he sent home a thumping header from a Fabian Orellana corner after just 12 minutes.
It was Mercado’s effort that proved the difference in the end, as he got on the end of a lovely Lionel Messi flick to volley home the eventual winner.
The home side had enjoyed the better start, despite losing Matias Fernandez to injury after just seven minutes, as their visitors struggled for inspiration in the final third.
Gutierrez made good on that start with his header after 12 minutes as Argentina were left reeling.
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