Argentina has booked its place in the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup in a seven-goal thriller that saw Lionel Messi score twice in a 5-2 destruction of Paraguay.
Needing a win to confirm their place in next year’s tournament, Argentina enjoyed a perfect start with Messi converted a penalty and put his side 1-0 up in Asuncion, after just 11 minutes.
Paraguay then fought back with Jose Nunez scoring an equaliser, but it was a mere blip on the way to a dominant Argentine victory. Aguero restored the lead in the 30th minute, and then further goals by Angel Di Maria and Maxi Rodriguez, plus a second penalty from Messi, put Alejandro Sabella’s men out reach.
The win against Paraguay has meant that Argentina now sit at the top of the South American World Cup qualifying competition, with 29 points from 14 games. They are now assured of one of the four automatic places for Brazil 2014, and hence become the 10th team to book their place in the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup in Brazil.
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