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Argentina weather Chile storm to win 2-1

Source : REUTERS
Last Updated: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 05:02 hrs

Argentina opened up a three-point lead in South America's World Cup qualifying group after goals from Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain gave them a 2-1 victory over Chile on Tuesday.

Argentina weathered an early storm at the Estadio Nacional when Chile could have scored twice before Messi broke into the box, sidestepped a defender and beat goalkeeper Miguel Pinto in the 28th minute.

Three minutes later Higuain came into the box, rounded two defenders and curled a left-foot shot into Pinto's far corner.

Substitute Felipe Gutierrez pulled one back for Chile in added time.

Argentina are three points ahead of second-placed Ecuador with 20 points from nine matches, with Messi and Higuain joint top scorers with Uruguay's Luis Suarez on seven.

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