- Mbabane and Benzema scored for France
- Argentina beat Uruguay by 3 goals
- Draw for Brazil
With Paul Pogba playing in midfield, Spain’s defense was put to the test. Mbabane’s rapid moves created a crisis for them. France became the first team to win the World Cup, the League of Nations and the Euro Cup. After the match, French striker Benzema said that the victory was due to the fact that they were a strong team and put out all their play.
Luis Enrique’s young Spaniard won the toss and elected to field, but lost his best striker. “We played consistently as a great team. It didn’t matter if we put out a good game. The outcome of the match is important,” said Spanish defender Emeric Laporte.
Great victory for Argentina
Argentina beat Uruguay 3-0 in World Cup qualifier. Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Argentina with an unexpected goal. Messi’s pass into the penalty area went past the Uruguayan goalkeeper and into the net.
Rodrigo de Paul and Laurito Martinez completed the scoring in the 44th and 62nd minutes respectively. “We put out a great game. Things went as expected,” Messi said after the match. Uruguay are strong opponents. However, the Argentine superstar added that they were able to gain the upper hand after scoring the first goal. Earlier, Argentina drew with Paraguay. The next match is now the best win.
Draw for Brazil
In another match of the Latin American qualifying round, Brazil drew 0-0 with Colombia. Brazil still tops the points table. But it is now only 6 points behind second-placed Argentina. The top four teams will qualify directly for the Qatar World Cup. The fifth-placed team has a chance to qualify for the play-offs. Ten teams will compete in the Latin American qualifying round. Former world champions Uruguay are fourth. Another Latin American team, Chile, finished fifth with a win.
Messi was expected to play for Barcelona for free