Netease Sports reported on October 14:
In Messi's international career, one of the most tragic failures was an away 1-6 loss to Bolivia. In the 2010 World Cup, Argentina, led by Maradona, lost 1-6 to Bolivia in the away game. In the 2014 World Preliminaries, Argentina only got a 1-1 draw in La Paz at 3650 meters above sea level. Tonight, Messi is going to La Paz for the third time. Although Messi failed to score a goal, he still used a rare frontcourt press to help Argentina reverse the win.
If Argentina's goal to tie the score is a balloon dribble, then Argentina's goal to reverse the score is a wonderful teamwork. Messi has never taken on defensive tasks. He usually focuses his energy on offense. But this time, Messi suddenly participated in a high position in the frontcourt, and he completed the steal on the right.
After the steal, Messi delivered the ball to Lautaro in the middle. Messi chose the right time to pass the ball. If he passes half a second late, Lautaro will be blown offside. Lautaro dribbled and sent a straight pass, and Joaquín Correa made it to the left of the penalty area. This is the first time Joaquin Correa has scored for Argentina in an official game. His only goal before this occurred in a warm-up match with Singapore.
For most of this campaign, Argentina's offense seemed very messy, and the Pampas Eagles often rely on the individual abilities of the players to solve the battle. In the absence of the support of his teammates, Messi can only be forced to attack alone. In the 75th minute, Messi once contributed a landmark breakthrough.
On the right side of the midfield, Messi got the ball. Messi broke longitudinally along the right wing, and he avoided the tackle from the defender. In the face of a two-person attack, Messi used his left foot to send a very tearing through pass, but Lautaro's single-handed shot was saved by the goalkeeper. It is worth mentioning that this is the true first time that Argentina has shot on goal in this campaign. What Argentina needs to do is to make the frontcourt players more closely connected, so that teammates can complete the run around Messi.