Messi, 34, overtook Pelé's total of 77 by netting all three goals during Argentina's 3-0 win against Bolivia in World Cup qualifying. He now has 79 for the national team.
The top four teams in South American qualifiers get direct spots at next year’s World Cup in Qatar, and the fifth-place team will go into an intercontinental playoff.
Chile lost midfielder Arturo Vidal to COVID-19 only two days before the clash against its rival. The same reason forced Lasarte to leave defender Paulo Díaz out.
Recent surges of COVID in India, South America left people gasping for breath before our eyes: UN chief
Guterres stressed that vaccinating quickly and thoroughly around the world, together with continued public health measures, are the only way to end the pandemic.
CONMEBOL announced that the jabs will be used to inoculate players ahead of the Copa America in June and for other regional tournaments.
According to the latest health ministry data, Panama has a total of 353,497 confirmed coronavirus cases, while the country's COVID-19 death toll stands at over 6,000.