Argentina were stunned by Bolivia in their World Cup qualifier following the match day suspension of superstar Lionel Messi.

Juan Arce somehow overpowered Argentine defender Facundo Roncaglia to head a brilliant opener for the hosts on the half hour mark.

And it was a surprise 2-0 in the 52nd minute when the Argentine defence fell apart to leave a simple finish for Marcelo Martins Moreno following a brilliant run and cross from Jorge Flores.

Bolivia sit second bottom of South America’s 10-team qualifying table while Argentina are fourth, just two points ahead of Ecuador.

The game against Bolivia is the first in a four-game ban for Messi by CONMEBOL and FIFA, who was also fined 10,000 Swiss Francs (£8,111) after being reported to world football’s governing body after a foul-mouthed outburst at an assistant referee during last week’s 1-0 win over Chile.

Despite his suspension, the Barcelona superstar attended to support his teammates.

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