(EFE) – The Argentine National Team beat Bolivia 2-1, which could not assert its local status in the 3,600-meter altitude of La Paz on the second date of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
Lautaro Martínez in minute 45 and Joaquín Correa in 79 gave Lionel Scaloni’s squad the victory, while Marcelo Martins Moreno scored the goal of honor for Green in minute 24, in the match played at the Green fort, the La Paz Hernando Siles stadium.
Argentina added three more points, bringing it 6, while Bolivia recorded its second loss in a row in the Qualifiers.
Under the command of Venezuelan César Farías, La Verde opted to suffocate Argentina with incessant attacks in the first minutes of the match.
The combined plays of Torres, Martins Moreno, Saucedo, Chumacero and Castro at times put the Argentine defense and goalkeeper Armani in conflict.
Martins had tried to score a header a few times without success before the long-awaited opening of the scoreboard in the 24th minute, when he finally got the play after receiving a pass from Chumacero.
Argentina did not resign the attacks, although it was cautious, while its captain, Messi, was almost disappeared in the first half, trying almost only the shots with set pieces.
His only standout performance was a shot in the 39th minute that bounced off a Bolivian defender, giving the Barcelona star another chance to take a corner kick.
Minutes later, La Verde was scared by a powerful shot from Paredes that hit the right post to the fortune of the locals.
Argentina finally took a breath at the end of the first half, through a play that involved Martínez, Bolivian defender Carrasco and goalkeeper Lampe.
La Albiceleste took to the field confident in the second half, in front of a Verde whose nerves and haste were evident and cost her some failures in the attack.
The intensity of the game dropped a bit in line with the La Paz climate, with those led by Scaloni almost satisfied with the draw.
In the 74th minute, Martínez had a chance to score again, but this time Lampe was able to clear the ball.
Five minutes later, the newly entered Correa scored the second for Argentina with a pass from Martínez, a goal that was consulted and confirmed by the VAR that ended up destroying Bolivia.
Disheartened, those led by Farías played to defend themselves in the last minutes, with some attempt to find a draw, although the die was already cast.