ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Argentina national football team remains undefeated at home after Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi scored on a penalty kick to carry his team to a 1-1 draw against the visiting Chile football team on Thursday.
Messi scored the goal in the first half which put his team in the driver’s seat but Chile’s Alexis Sanchez equalized their World Cup qualifier game in a draw.
The draw allowed Argentina to stay unbeaten at home against Chile in 35 matches, and have gone 12 games without defeat since losing to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America semifinals.
The draw also put Argentina in second place in the 10-team South America qualifying group for Qatar 2022 with 11 points from five games, a point behind Brazil, who play Ecuador on Friday.
Chile is sixth, with five points from five games.
The top four teams qualify automatically for Qatar while the fifth-placed side goes into an intercontinental playoff.
Messi in hugging the global soccer headlines for the past weeks since his contract with FC Barcelona is set to end this month.
The soccer superstar as of the moment has yet to issue an official statement if he will sign a new contract with the Spanish soccer club.
While some sectors are speculating that Messi might transfer to another team, Barca officials are confident their star striker will remain with the team.