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SPORTS | 02-09-2017 08:44

Argentina play out stalemate with Uruguay in World Cup qualifier

Argentina were playing their first competitive match under recently appointed coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Argentina played out a 0-0 stalemate with Uruguay on Thursday night, as both sides had to settle for a point. Luis Suarez made  a surprise return from injury for Uruguay, facing off against his club teammate and good friend, Argentina captain Lionel Messi, yet both stars were unable to break the deadlock in their World Cup qualifying duel.

Argentina were playing their first competitive match under recently appointed coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Suarez was given the all-clear to play for the Uruguayans after making a quickerthan- expected recovery from an injury to his right knee cap two weeks ago. However neither the striker or Messi put in their best performances.

Argentina dominated the first half with Gabriel Mercado rifling an early shot over the bar. Messi had the best chance of a hard-fought second half, only to see his freekick turned around the post by Fernando Muslera. The result means Argentina remain one place off the top four automatic spots, though the team is level with fourth-placed Chile on 23 points.

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