They needed an equaliser from Gonzalo Higuain to rescue a point and keep them top of the South American qualifying section.
“The pitch didn’t help, you needed one or two touches more to control the ball. We left the pitch angry because we couldn’t play our game but an away draw is good,” Leo Messi told reporters after the game.
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