Lionel Messi produces superb solo dribble for Argentina v Chile

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Lionel Messi failed to record a single shot at goal in Argentina’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Chile on Friday.

It was the first time in 117 matches for club and country that the prolific Barcelona superstar had failed to register at least one effort at goal.

However, Messi did manage to produce several eye-catching dribbles - including one from his own half inside the opening 10 minutes of the match. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed quick feet to beat one opponent, before ghosting past another.

He then cut across another Chile defender, about 30 yards from goal, before picking out Angel di Maria who, unfortunately, finished the move off by blazing the ball high over the crossbar.

Video: Messi's dribble v Chile

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Bonus video: More Messi magic v Chile

Huge win for Argentina

A minute later, Felipe Gutiérrez put Chile ahead. However, Di Maria made amends for his earlier miss by levelling the scores on the 20th minute, before right-back Gabriel Mercado put Argentina 2-1 up shortly after.

Messi delighted with victory

It was an important win for Messi’s team, who currently sit fifth in the South American qualifying group, having picked up two wins from their opening five matches.

"We had to win in whatever way we could," Messi told broadcaster TyC Sports, per Fox Sports, after the match. "I was glad to be back to help this group of players, who fight to the death for every point."

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