Witness the full replay and highlights of the epic showdown between Argentina and Uruguay. This thrilling match was a crucial fixture in the World Cup 2026 Qualification – CONMEBOL, Round 5. The action kicked off at 00:00 GMT on Friday, November 17, 2023. The referee for this intense battle was Wilmar Roldan from Colombia, and the venue was the Estadio Alberto José Armando in Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Don’t miss the chance to relive every moment of this unforgettable match.
Argentina vs Uruguay Full Match Reports
Uruguay orchestrated a stunning 2-0 triumph over reigning World Champions Argentina, snapping Lionel Scaloni’s squad’s formidable 14-match unbeaten streak. The legendary La Bombonera, home to Boca Juniors, witnessed this intense battle between historical rivals.
The hopeful home supporters might have breathed a sigh of relief when Liverpool forward Darwin Núñez squandered a prime opportunity in the 10th minute, dragging his attempt wide after a sprint towards the goal. Núñez’s near miss appeared to rouse Lionel Messi, who deftly avoided Mathías Olivera’s challenge, delivering a curling long-range effort into the waiting hands of Sergio Rochet.
However, buoyed by their recent victory against Brazil, Uruguay refused to be daunted by the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner or the reigning World Champions. Their commitment to high pressing, characteristic of a Bielsa-led team, reaped rewards in the 41st minute. Matías Viña tenaciously won back possession near the byline, setting up fellow full-back Ronald Araújo to blast the ball past Rochet—a historic strike, making Araújo the first player to score against Argentina since Kylian Mbappé in the 2022 World Cup final.
Facing a deficit for the first time since their loss to Saudi Arabia in the World Cup group stage, Scaloni made a halftime change, introducing the in-form Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martínez. Ángel Di María quickly followed off the bench, and the Benfica winger nearly made an instant impact, earning a free-kick that Messi struck against the crossbar.
After Messi’s close call, the second half transformed into a tense affair, Uruguay strategically attempting to wind down the clock on Argentina’s unbeaten streak. In the final 10 minutes, Rochet thwarted Martínez’s header, but as the hosts surged forward, Núñez exploited the space left behind, racing away to slot the ball through Emiliano Martínez’s legs and sealing an emphatic victory. This triumph, the first over Argentina since 2013, propels Uruguay within two points of La Albiceleste, who, despite the defeat, maintain their lead in the standings.
Player of the Match: Ronald Araújo (Uruguay).