Peru 0 – 2 Argentina: Player Ratings As Messi score brace lifts La Albiceleste to 2-0 World Cup Qualifying win

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Argentina maintained their perfect record with a comfortable win over Peru thanks to the talent of their leading man.

It was the Lionel Messi show again and the hosts could only sit back and watch as the captain made defenders dizzy and even stunned his teammates.

Two darts in the space of 10 minutes was enough for Argentina to practically put the game to bed. Messi broke the CONMEBOL record for most goals in World Cup qualifying.

And he will potentially be upset he didn’t score a hat-trick after VAR took away his third for offside.

Hosting the World Cup holders, this match would be one of the most difficult for Peru on paper. The fruitless attack recorded zero shots on target in the 90 minutes.

With four wins from four, Argentina sit top of the table with 12 points, five above Uruguay and Brazil. Peru is next to last with one, only ahead of Bolivia.

Argentina Player Ratings

Emiliano Martinez (6/10): Almost lobbed after 30 minutes. Made a couple of good saves. He will take the clean sheet.

Gonzalo Montiel (5/10): Some suspect defending almost left Argentina exposed early. Subbed off after 34 minutes with an injury.

Cristian Romero (7/10): As hard in a tackle as expected, and involved in the build up to the second goal. Replaced in the second half with apparent discomfort.

Nicolas Otamendi (6/10): Rarely threatened, and solid when he had to recover.

Nico Tagliofico (7/10): Did his defensive stuff well, and offered valuable width down the left.

Rodrigo De Paul (6/10): Full of grit, hard in a tackle. Not quite as expansive on the ball.

Alexis Mac Allister (7/10): A solid all-round midfield performance. Won the ball back, kept things ticking along.

Enzo Fernandez (8/10): Assisted Messi’s second with a fine cut-back. Ran the game from midfield. A fine showing.

Lionel Messi (9/10): Put a free-kick on target early on. Didn’t touch the ball much for long periods of the first half. Scored one great goal, one very good one, and had another ruled out.

Julian Alvarez (7/10): A wonderful dummy set up Messi’s second. His movement was mostly excellent.

Nico Gonzalez (7/10): Lively and expansive down the left. Assisted Messi’s first goal. Might have done enough to be a regular in this side.

Subs & Manager

Lucas Quarta (6/10): A solid showing after coming on in the first half.

German Pezzella (6/10): Didn’t have much to do when introduced for the injured Romero.

Marcos Acuna (6/10): Valuable legs at left-back when Tagliafico tired.

Giovani Lo Celso (N/A): No time to make an impact

Lautauro Martinez (N/A): No time to make an impact.

Lionel Scaloni (8/10): Went for a similar side to the one that started the final in Qatar last winter, and everything was very easy. Argentina were relatively solid, and his star man chipped in. He will take the three points in hostile territory.

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