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He does it on purpose’: Lionel Messi takes aim at referee after Argentina’s win over Peru

He does it on purpose’: Lionel Messi takes aim at referee after Argentina’s win over Peru

Messi happy with results after arduous international break

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and company took seven points from a possible nine against Paraguay (0-0 away draw), Uruguay (3-0 home win), and Peru (1-0 home win).

The three-point haul was the 25th-match of an unbeaten run that Argentina are currently on, and the result sees La Albiceleste comfortably situated in second-place in CONMEBOL qualifying, 8-points ahead of Ecuador with a match in hand, but still trailing bitter rivals Brazil by 6-points with their postponed clash still to come.

Inter Milan sensation Lautaro Martinez bagged the only goal of the match in Buenos Aires two minutes from the interval, netting his 17th-goal for his country in just 33-caps.

Messi remarked on his pleasure at the way results went despite the hardships endured in a difficult international break;

“Today we felt a bit tired. Playing three games in South America is wearisome. We took it forward and got the three points, which is what we wanted.

It was a very important game and there was tension for that. I do not think that Argentina was satisfied with the result. Peru played well, they are a very difficult opponent. Apart from the penalty incident, I think we controlled the game.”

Argentine captain takes aim at match official

Messi took to his Instagram after the match to levy a complaint despite the result, however, targeting match official Wilton Sampaio for criticism.

He does it on purpose’: Lionel Messi takes aim at referee after Argentina’s win over Peru

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – JULY 06: Lionel Messi of Argentina and Gary Medel of Chile argue with Referee Mario Diaz de Vivar after being shown the red card during the Copa America Brazil 2019 Third Place match between Argentina and Chile at Arena Corinthians on July 06, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

The Argentine legend stated “Difficult match, difficult to play. A lot of wind, they were playing deep, leaving little space for us. The referee always does this when he referees us, as if he does it on purpose. But well, three important points and we’re close to our objective.”

Though Messi may well have been deflecting his ineffective performance on the night in the direction of Sampaio, Argentina can still walk away confident after a testing period that leaves them well one of the coveted drivers seats for a World Cup birth next year.

Note: All quotes in this article are courtesy of Goal.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.