Argentina vs Uruguay H2H: Messi MVP again as Clásico del Río de la Plata goes 200-up

The 200th Argentina vs Uruguay H2H of all time could end up being a pivotal one in terms of topping CONMEBOL’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification table. With the inaugural World Cup final of 1930 sitting within the record, it’s a rivalry that spans a dozen decades and 554 goals – and only gets better with age!

Argentina lead the table with 12 points, while Uruguay are in pursuit with seven. Kick off for Thursday’s Clásico del Río de la Plata scheduled for 7:00 PM EST at Estadio Monumental.

Argentina vs Uruguay H2H Record

Argentina vs Uruguay holds the record as the most played international derby in football history. The rivalry began in 1902, with Argentina claiming a 6-0 victory in the first encounter. It set a course for Argentina to dominate the all-time record.

  • Argentina Wins: 93
  • Draws: 48
  • Uruguay Wins: 58
Lionel Messi celebrates with Cristian Romero
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The last five Argentina vs Uruguay H2Hs

The Argentines have dominated recent encounters too, with Uruguay's last victory dating back to 2013.

Uruguay 0-0 Argentina – 31st August 2017

In the 15th round of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers held in Uruguay, Argentina, then in fifth place, struggled to secure a win. This draw was crucial for Argentina's qualification hopes, as they were winless in their previous six games.

Argentina 2-2 Uruguay – 18th November 2019

In this friendly match played in Israel, Argentina faced Uruguay, with the game ending in a thrilling 2-2 draw. Despite being a friendly, the match captivated fans as Lionel Messi scored a late penalty, levelling the score for Argentina.

Argentina 1-0 Uruguay – 18th June 2021

During the Copa America 2021, Argentina and Uruguay, grouped together, clashed. With an early goal from Guido Rodriguez, Argentina secured a 1-0 victory. This win placed Argentina at the top of the group, while Uruguay found themselves at the bottom.

Argentina 3-0 Uruguay – 10th October 2021

In the World Cup 2022 qualification campaign, Argentina faced Uruguay in Buenos Aires. Argentina dominated the game, securing a 3-0 victory with two goals in the first half and one in the second. Both teams were vying for qualification during this period.

Uruguay 0-1 Argentina – 12th November 2021

In another World Cup 2022 Qualification match, played at Uruguay's Estadio Centenario stadium, Lionel Messi did not start but was substituted in the 76th minute. Despite a closely contested match, Paulo Dybala's assist to Angel Di Maria made the difference, securing a 1-0 win for Argentina.

Messi on the ball
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Argentina vs Uruguay H2H: Potential MVP

Even at 36 years old, eight-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi stands as the most crucial player in any match. Since his debut for Argentina in 2005, he has netted 106 goals, including some of the most significant in Argentina's history.

Messi has participated in all but one game in the 2026 World Cup qualification campaign, missing only the match against Paraguay. In the two fixtures he played, he scored three goals.

In his 12 games against Uruguay, Messi has encountered only two defeats, while contributing six goals and three assists.

Argentina vs Uruguay H2H: Key Trend

The South American teams bring a lot of physicality to the game, and clashes between these two often involve numerous fouls, yellow cards, and sometimes even red cards. It's typically an end-to-end affair, with both teams aiming for attacking football, particularly the revamped Uruguay team led by Marcelo Bielsa. Expect a highly competitive match, though Argentina is likely to come out on top.

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Written by Jay Bhatt

Tamhas Woods

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