WATCH: Messi fires free kick dart past Ospina, Colombia

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Argentina needs a lift to get back into an automatic World Cup qualifying spot, and it’s no surprise where La Albiceleste found it.

Lionel Messi found the back of the net with a 10th minute free kick to give Argentina an early lead against visiting Colombia on Tuesday.

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The Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario saw Messi combine power and precision with an arrow past a flying David Ospina.

Ecuador beat Venezuela earlier to move to 20 points, and a win would put them in fifth at worst, pending Chile’s match with Uruguay.