Higuain strikes as Argentina draw

Sep 13, 2012, 07:55 IST | AFP

Argentina rode their luck to come away from Lima with a 1-1 draw against Peru and maintain their slender one-point lead at the top of the World Cup 2014 South American qualifying table

The Argentines are now just three points clear of sixth-placed Venezuela, who beat out-of-sorts Paraguay 2-0 in Asuncion.

Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain (right) celebrates with teammate Lionel Messi after scoring against Peru during their World Cup qualifier at the Nacional Stadium in Lima, Peru on Tuesday. Pics/AFP

There was little consolation, though, for reigning continental champions Uruguay who, after their crushing 4-0 defeat by Colombia on Friday brought an 18-match unbeaten run to an end, with a tame 1-1 draw to Ecuador in Montevideo.

Colombia, on the other hand, go from strength to strength, wresting second place in the group from Chile with a commanding 3-1 victory in Santiago and are now just a point off the lead and level on points with Ecuador. 

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