Argentina secured an important 2-1 victory over rivals Chile on Thursday to put them back on track in World Cup 2018 qualifying.
Goals from Angel Di Maria and Gabriel Mercado steered the Argentine's to all three points in an intense battle.
Ahead of the showdown, all eyes were, unsurprisingly, fixated on Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
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Messi was playing in his first game for his country in World Cup qualifying after missing the first four games last year with a knee injury.
Ultimately, then, the technically gifted superstar played his part in helping his side secure the points. In fact, it was Messi who assisted Mercado's winning strike in the first half.
Despite Messi's high-profile return, he failed to hit the form that has seen him notch 22 goals in 25 La Liga games this season.
In fact, the versatile forward never looked like scoring and this surprising statistic confirms that notion.
For the first time in 117 matches for both club and country, Messi failed to record a single shot. Despite being fairly prominent throughout the course of the contest, it's a statistic that proves it was a fairly frustrating evening for the world's best player.
Let's be honest, though, it's probably a one-off; there's every chance he will score a hat-trick in his next outing.
Following the game, Messi admitted that Argentina had to pick up all three points against Chile.
"We had to win in whatever way we could,” Messi told broadcasters TyC Sports, as per The Guardian. “I was glad to be back to help this group of players who fight for every point to the death.”
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