– Lionel Messi and Argentine teammates were forced to 1-1 draw at home by Chile in World Cup qualifying game
– The Barcelona star scored the opener via a penalty before his goal was cancelled by ex-Manchester United striker Sanchez
– Before the World Cup qualifying encounter against Chile, Argentine players unveiled statue of Diego Maradona
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi on Thursday, June 3, had a disappointing night while playing for the Argentina national team as his goal was unable to give his nation a win over Chile.
Lionel Messi and his teammates wanted to win their World Cup qualifying game against Chile at home and they did all their possible best to get the three points but failed.
Guillermo Maripan brought down Lautaro Martinez in the 21st minute and the referee had no choice than to blow a penalty which was scored by Lionel Messi in the 23rd minute.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner fired a stunning shot in the 27th minute while looking for his second goal, but Chile goalie Claudio Bravo denied him from netting.
Former Manchester United and Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez restored parity for Chile in the 37th minute which was an incredible goal.
The match in Santiago del Estero was Argentina’s first competitive outing since November and both sides looked rusty.
Argentina pushed forward as the game went on but Chile’s rearguard was solid, even without their talismanic holding midfielder Arturo Vidal.
Messi and his teammates would have goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to thank as he denied Alexis Sanchez from netting the winner five minutes to the end of the tie.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Argentina national team on Thursday night, June 3, honored their late football legend Diego Maradona with a giant statue before their encounter against Chile which ended 1-1.
Diego Maradona was one of the greatest strikers in the world during his active playing time as he helped his nation to win the FIFA World Cup in 1986.
The Hand of God goal Diego Maradona scored against England in the World Cup cannot be forgotten among football fans and pundits who always refer to the incident when talking about the Argentine.
On November 25, 2020, football fraternities in the world were thrown into mourning following the demise of Diego Maradona who was said to have suffered heart failure before he passed on.