Messi with Argentina. PHOTO: fifa.com

Almost a month after his last game in the Calderón, Leo Messi made his comeback after injury on Friday evening in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Columbia in Buenos Aires (0-0). Mascherano captained Argentina and played in midfield.

The match was marred by the controversial double sending off of Higuaín and Zapata in the 25th minutes.  Argentina looked for a win throughout the match but couldn’t find a way past Columbian keeper Ospina.  However, Argentina maintains a commanding lead at the top of their World Cup qualifying group.

Important win for Chile

Meanwhile, Alexis Sánchez and the Chile enjoyed an important away win against Paraguay (1-2) and continue in fourth place, which will put them through to Brazil 2014.  The Barça striker played the full 90 minutes and was substituted in injury time.  He took part in the build-up to Chile’s second goal scored by Arturo Vidal (min 55).  Vargas scored Chile’s first just before halftime and Roque Santa Cruz got a consolation goal for the home side late on.  Paraguay is already out of the race for a place in the finals.