Posted: Thursday October 11, 2012 12:06 PM

Argentina looks like the team it's supposed to be

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -Argentina has looked like the team it's supposed to be so far in World Cup qualifying: fluid and high-scoring with Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero leading the way.

Argentina faces neighbor Uruguay on Friday in one of four South America qualifiers. With due respect to Higuain and Aguero, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez knows his defense needs to focus on Messi.

Also Friday, it's: Colombia vs. Paraguay; Ecuador vs. Chile; and Bolivia vs. Peru. Venezuela has the day off and Brazil qualifies automatically as host.

Argentina leads the qualifying group with 14 points. Colombia and Ecuador trail by one, Uruguay and Chile by two, and Venezuela by three. The three remaining teams are long shots to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay.
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