Argentina player ratings vs Uruguay: Lionel Messi can't save World Cup winners as Albiceleste fall to Uruguay for first loss in a year | Goal.com
For the first time since that famous defeat to Saudi Arabia in the World Cup, Lionel Messi and Argentina have lost.
It's been quite some time since Argentina felt this feeling. Just six days shy of one whole year, in fact. For the first time since their World Cup opener in Qatar, Lionel Messi and Argentina have tasted defeat.
It arrived at the hands of Uruguay, who stunned the Albiceleste, 2-0, at La Bombonera. Goals from Maxi Araujo and Darwin Nunez ultimately led to Argentina's demise, with those two being the first the team has conceded since the famous World Cup final against France.
It'll be a frustrating defeat for Argentina, who conceded the first goal from a bad giveaway. The second, Nunez's finish, came late with the team pushing, ending any hopes of a comeback.
In the grand scheme, this loss will likely mean little. Both Argentina and Uruguay are almost guaranteed to make it out of World Cup qualifying and onto the 2026 tournament. However, for the first time in a long while, Argentina have been shown to be beatable, which will leave plenty of other teams with a bit more hope than before with the Copa America right around the corner.