Messi's late penalty gives Argentina 2-2 draw with Uruguay

Tanya Simon
November 19, 2019

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has said his spat with Argentina captain Lionel Messi during Monday's 2-2 worldwide friendly is "part of football".

The crowd in Tel Aviv cheered Messi throughout and it was the forward who helped Argentina draw level in the 63rd.

Messi had a goal and an assist, his second goal in two matches for Argentina.

Meanwhile in the UEFA EURO Qualifiers Spain beat Romania 5-0 while Italy thrashed Armenia 9-1.

However, Messi's Barca teammate and good friend, Luis Suarez put Uruguay in the lead again when he netted a powerful 20-meter free-kick that beat Argentine goalkeeper Esteban Andrada into the top corner at the 69th minute.

It was not immune from politics - halfway through the first half the United States announced it no longer considered Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal, a move condemned by the Palestinian leadership.

In the establish-up to the match Uruguay mentor Oscar Tabarez explained he had been "quite apprehensive" about the video game immediately after a flare up involving Israel and militant groups in neighbouring Gaza final week.

The Israeli army stated round 450 rockets have been fired at its territory in the course of the preventing and air defences intercepted dozens of them in mid-flight.

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The key to playing was in the guarantees presented by the Israeli authorities: "We had the information that the security was guaranteed with the ceasefire which began in Thursday".

Sylvan Adams, an Israeli-Canadian businessman whose monetary backing ensured the match was held in Israel, stated he hoped to indicate one other aspect of the Jewish state. Only Brazil legend, Pele has scored more global goals (77) than Lionel Messi.

The fixture was the last worldwide for both teams before they begin their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in March.

That match had been because of be performed in Jerusalem, sparking Palestinian anger and criticism of Argentina on-line.

Israel considers Jerusalem its "indivisible" capital, while Palestinians claim the eastern part of the city - occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed - as the capital of their future state.

Messi must serve a one-match ban for his red card against Chile in the third-place game of the 2019 Copa America.

He accused CONMEBOL, the governing physique of South American soccer, of corruption and correcting the tournament for hosts and eventual winners Brazil.

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