Argentina national team captain Lionel Messi beat the referee, despite the Copa America champions’ 1-0 win over Peru in a World Cup qualifier 2022.
Lautaro Martinez’s header two minutes before half-time is set for Thursday’s race in Buenos Aires, where ‘Albiceleste’ has extended their 25-match losing streak to all competitions.
Peru missed a chance to save a point when Joshimar Yotun’s penalty was cleared near the crossbar with 25 minutes left.
Leo Messi responded that Argentina had always been undefeated on the road to Qatar World Cup 2022 with 11 games of CONMEBOL, although it remains to be seen what he was talking about when he spoke to the referee after Lautaro Martinez also went down in the first half.
“It’s a tough game, hard to play. A lot of the wind, they were playing deep, leaving us little space,” Messi wrote via Instagram.
“The referee always does this when he has a referee for us as if he did it on purpose. However, 3 points are important and we are close to our goal.”