Argentina is back on the World Cup  track after  an explosive victory against Colombia in their World Cup Qualifying Match.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a perfect free kick and assisted two goals, which lifts Argentina into fifth place in the South American Group with 19 points, one behind Ecuador and Chile.

Brazil, away to Peru in Lima later, top the table with 24 points while Uruguay are second with 23 after a 3-1 loss to Chile in Santiago. Colombia dropped to sixth place with 18 points.

The top four go through to the 2018 finals in Russia with the fifth, at present Argentina, qualifying for an intercontinental playoff for the opportunity to join those who finished above them.