Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to their first win of the ongoing Copa America on Friday night, producing the cross for Guido Rodriguez to nod home as Albiceleste won the tight game 1-0.
Uruguay hadn’t beaten Argentina in the Copa America since 1989 and they went behind early on to Rodriguez’s header.
The Real Betis midfielder started for his country for the first time since June 2019 and he justified that decision when he converted a cross from Messi after 10 minutes.
The goal gave Argentina all three points and condemned their neighbors to a losing start to their Copa campaign.
Uruguay now sit joint bottom of Group A with no points, alongside Bolivia, who have played two and lost two.
Argentina move into joint top spot with four points alongside Chile, who beat Bolivia 1-0 earlier on Friday.
The result extended Argentina’s unbeaten run to 15 games since they lost in the semi-final of the last Copa America in 2019.
It also snapped a run of three consecutive draws and boosted the confidence of a side aware their great rival Brazil are scoring freely and are hot favorites to win a second consecutive Copa America playing at home.
Argentina’s next game is against Paraguay on Monday, while Uruguay take on Chile the same day.