Argentina was having a lackluster World Cup qualifying campaign since the loss to Germany in the World Cup Final last year. They had scored only twice in four qames and were sitting outside the qualifying zone. To add to the mental issues they found themselves across the pitch from the team that defeated them for the Copa America, Chile, in the same city, Santiago.
But Argentina did re-write the script this time though their avenging angel, Angel Di Maria. He is so essential in playmaking and scoring for Argentina that his injury in the aforementioned Copa caused the Argentina attack to slow to a halt.
Argentina really needed a shot in the arm as they trailed 1-0. But in the 19th minute, Angel ended a run into the box by taking it in his right foot, one-timing it into the upper right corner of the net evening matters and changing the momentum.
Argentina soon took the lead for good five minutes later when Gabriel Mercado tallied which clinched a crucial road win and three points as well as a temporary fourth place setting. Di Maria has for the last eight years been a key cog in the machine that usually highlights star Lionel Messi.
However, how this 28 year old, who plays his club ball for Paris St-Germain, goes, so does Argentina. He has played excellently in two World Cups and has played for European Club powers Benfica, Real Madrid, and Manchester United during his career.