San Juan, Nov 16: Lionel Messi scored a goal and set up two others as Argenti put their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 3-0 victory over Colombia here.
Messi opened the scoring in the 10th minute at the Bicenterio stadium on Tuesday with a curling free kick that left goalkeeper David Ospi clasping at thin air, reports Xinhua.
Lucas Pratto made it 2-0 soon after when he met a pinpoint Messi cross with a header that flew in at the far post.
Messi put the result beyond doubt when he dribbled into the box and picked out Angel Di Maria, who rifled his shot passed Ospi from close range.
The result saw Argenti usurp Colombia in the fifth place in the South American zone qualifying standings.
The top four teams at the end of the two-year tourment will book a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia while the fifth-placed side will earn a play-off berth.
Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez scored two second-half goals as Chile recovered from a goal down to beat Uruguay 3-1 in Santiago.
Eduardo Vargas was also on target for the hosts after Edinson Cavani put the Celeste ahead in the 17th minute. In other CONMEBOL qualifiers on Tuesday, Bolivia beat Uruguay 1-0 in La Paz and Ecuador routed Venezuela 3-0 in Quito. (IANS)