Peru 2-2 Argentina

Despite twice taking the lead, Argentina had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Peru in Lima. Ramiro Funes Mori and Gonzalo Higuain were the men on target for the visitors, who were without Lionel Messi, while Paolo Guerrero and Cristian Cueva, from the penalty spot, scored for the hosts. The draw at least enabled La Albiceleste to stretch their unbeaten run in qualifiers on Peruvian soil to seven games (three win and four draws) over 31 years. (06 OCT 2016)

Peru 2-2 Argentina

Venezuela 2-2 Argentina

Argentina needed a second-half revival to scrape a point against Venezuela in Merida. Juan Pablo Anor and Josef Martinez had the Vinotinto fans out of their seats with goals either side of half-time, only for Lucas Pratto and Nicolas Otamendi to pop up and secure a 2-2 draw for the visitors. It was only the second time that La Albiceleste have managed to come from two goals down to earn a point in a qualifying match, the first having come in 2001, when they drew 3-3 with Bolivia in La Paz. (06 SEP 2016)

Venezuela 2-2 Argentina

 

 

Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

Messi’s deflected strike was enough for Argentina to scrape past Uruguay and make it five straight home wins over their neighbours in World Cup preliminaries. Bauza’s men managed to keep their historic rivals at bay despite being at a numerical disadvantage for the whole second half following Paulo Dybala’s sending-off on the stroke of half-time. (01 SEP 2016)
Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

Argentina 2-4 Chile (Penalty)

Mirroring the result of last year’s Copa America final in Santiago, Chile edged Argentina 4-2 on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes in New Jersey to win the 2016 Copa America Centenario. The match, in which both sides ended with ten men, was a taut and dramatic affair but ultimately finished scoreless, requiring penalties to separate the sides. Lionel Messi fired his penalty over the crossbar and Lucas Bigilia missed his effort later on, enabling Francisco Silva to step up and secure Chile’s second consecutive Copa America title. (26 JUN 2016)

Argentina 2-4 Chile (Penalty)

USA 0-4 Argentina

For all that Lionel Messi has little interest in breaking records, he continues to make a habit of it. La Pulga chalked up another landmark in Argentinian football history on Tuesday, moving past Gabriel Batistuta to become the country’s highest goalscorer of all time.

In stroking a superb free-kick just inside the post halfway through the first-half of the Copa America Centenario semi-final against USA, Messi scored his 55th goal for his country, one more than Batigol. In the process, he helped La Albiceleste cruise to a 4-0 defeat of the tournament hosts and move into the final for the second time running. (21 JUN 2016)

USA 0-4 Argentina

Argentina 4-1 Venezuela

Lionel Messi became Argentina’s joint record scorer as they beat Venezuela 4-1 to set up a Copa America semi-final against host nation the United States. (18 JUN 2016)

Argentina 4-1 Venezuela

Argentina 3-0 Bolivia

Argentina and Bolivia rounded off a group phase that yielded a total of 69 goals and which saw the elimination of the likes of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Costa Rica. Comprehensive 3-0 winners against the Bolivians, La Albiceleste will take on Venezuela in the last eight. (14 JUN 2016)

Argentina 3-0 Bolivia