Uruguay’s Copa America is off to a losing start thanks to the boots of Lionel Messi and the head of Guido Rodriguez as Argentina rode an early goal to a 1-0 win on Friday.
Rodriguez was masterful in the center of the park for an Argentina team that kept Uruguay from producing a shot on target, and his first-half header of a Messi cross was enough to get three points.
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Argentina now has a win and a draw halfway through Group A play, level with Chile, and it will meet Paraguay next. Uruguay next tangles with Chile.
Messi takes a corner kick and dribbles his way toward the right corner of the 18, marked closely, before darting left and unleashing a cross that Rodriguez thunders home at the back post.
The assist was one of four key passes for Messi, who won 15-of-23 duels in his bid to lead Argentina to its first Copa America since 1993.
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