Lionel Messi was happy to get back to winning ways on Wednesday, as Argentina beat Peru 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers.
The Argentineans had stumbled to a 1–1 draw against Paraguay in their previous game, but the win over Peru kept them in second place in the South America round-robin group, 2 points behind leaders Brazil.
While Messi wasn’t on the scoresheet, it was the 85th win he’s played in for Argentina, overtaking Javier Mascherano’s record of 84 wins.
“Happy for the victory, we needed it after the game we played the other day,” Messi was quoted as saying on Argentina’s official Twitter account.
“From the beginning we had a great match, the goals came and we created many chances.”
“The second half the other day was very good and I think we continued on the same line, even raising the level a bit. I think this is the way to go. Little by little, we are becoming strong as a group.”
Nicholas Gonzalez and Lautaro Martinez scored Argentina’s goals.