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 By PA Sport

Messi penalty jumps Argentina to third in CONMEBOL standings

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Argentina pushed Chile out of the top five in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty kick.

Lionel Messi scored the only goal as Argentina kept alive their hopes of World Cup qualification with a 1-0 win over Chile in Buenos Aires.

Messi's 16th-minute penalty at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti saw Edgardo Bauza's men get their qualification campaign back on track as they climbed into third place in the CONMEBOL standings.

The defeat saw Chile drop to sixth, but just a point adrift of Colombia who hold the final automatic qualifying berth in fourth.

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Alexis Sanchez's temper tantrum fuels Chile transfer jokes

Argentina pushed Chile out of the top five in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty kick.

 Arsenal fans have poked fun at Alexis Sanchez's latest temper tantrum by saying he could be ready to switch national teams.

Sanchez's angry outbursts after Arsenal losses this season have fuelled speculation he wants to leave the club this summer after getting fed up with their struggles. So after seeing a similar tantrum when his beloved Chile lost 1-0 to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier, social media analysts were quick to point out what it all means.

 By Sam Kelly

Argentina beat Chile but have plenty to improve after poor performance

Argentina pushed Chile out of the top five in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty kick.
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Lionel Messi was about the only Argentina player to threaten.

BUENOS AIRES -- The most important thing, as Edgardo Bauza said in the days before the game, was for Argentina to get the win. And get the win they did. In an incredibly tight World Cup qualifying group, a 1-0 victory over Chile on Thursday night means Argentina move a little closer to Russia regardless of how they did it.

Beyond the result, it was also a chance for the country's fans to see whether this team are coming together, and whether Bauza is stamping his mark on them. However, the answers...