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Argentina star Lionel Messi opened the scoring in his team’s World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay, finding the back of the net in the 43rd minute.

By SI Wire
September 01, 2016

Argentina star Lionel Messi scored the eventual game-winning goal in his return to the national team from a brief retirement, tallying late in the first half of a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Uruguay.

After gaining control of the ball with a beautiful touch of his heel, Messi made a turn to give himself a yard of space in between two defenders. He then ripped the shot from 21 yards out, deflecting the ball off a Uruguay defender into the goal. 

The goal is the 56th in international play for Messi, who is already Argentina’s all-time leading scorer. 

Argentina dominated possession through the first 45 minutes and took the 1–0 advantage into the half. However, Paulo Dybala picked up a red card in extra time to put his team a man down for the second half, though Argentina prevailed.

After claiming he was stepping away from the national team following Argentina's second consecutive loss to Chile in the Copa America final, Messi did not miss a match for the Albiceleste, who lead CONMEBOL's World Cup qualifying table through seven games. Argentina plays last-place Venezuela on Tuesday. 

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