Follow- Up (AIN) -Argentina doubled its goal tally in South American qualifying for the World Cup in beating Copa America champion Chile 2-1 on Thursday.
Argentina was the runner-up in the 2014 World Cup, but has been below par in qualifying for Russia in 2018. It had only two goals in its first four qualifiers, and had to come from behind against Chile.
Felipe Gutierrez scored for Chile in the 10th minute, but Angel di Maria leveled in the 19th and Gabriel Mercado got another five minutes later.
It was a bad start in qualifying for new Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who replaced Jorge Sampaoli.
Ecuador, the leader in South American qualifying, salvaged a 2-2 draw with Paraguay on Angel Mena's equalizer in second-half stoppage time.
Paraguay was happy to get away with a point at 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) in Quito.
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after his teammate Gabriel Mercado scored his side's sec …
Enner Valencia gave Ecuador the early lead, but Dario Lezcano scored the next two bridging halftime to give Paraguay hope of a victory.
In La Paz, Bolivia, Edwin Cardona scored in second-half stoppage time for Colombia to edge Bolivia 3-2.
James Rodriguez and Carlos Bacca scored first-half goals, and Bolivia rallied in the second half as Colombia got tired in the thin air. Juan Arce and Alejandro Chumacero scored, before Cardoza netted the winner.
There was another late goal in Peru, where Raul Ruidiaz scored in second-half stoppage time for the home side to draw with Venezuela 2-2. A first-half penalty from Romulo Otero and Mikel Villanueva's strike gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Paolo Guerrero reduced the deficit in the 61st.
Uruguay play away to Brazil on Friday in the northeastern city of Recife.
On Tuesday, it's: Colombia vs. Ecuador, Uruguay vs. Peru, Argentina vs. Bolivia, Venezuela vs. Chile and Paraguay vs. Brazil. /End/