Carlos Tevez and Roberto Pereyra’s Argentina got their first three points of the 2015 Copa America tournament with Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory over Uruguay, decided by Sergio Aguero’s second-half winner.
A moment of magic was required to unlock the door for Gerardo Martino’s men, and Aguero provided it on 56 minutes when his diving header turned Manchester City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta’s cross beyond Fernando Muslera.
The matchwinner was replaced by Juventus forward Tevez in the closing stages of the game, while Pereyra made his first appearance in the competition when he came off the bench with one minute remaining in place of Angel Di Maria.
The result lifts Argentina up into top spot, level on points with second-placed Paraguay, with one group game remaining on Saturday against Jamaica.
Elsewhere, a second-half Eder goal condemned Italy to their first defeat under Antonio Conte in Tuesday night’s friendly against Portugal in Geneva.
In the absence of Gigi Buffon the Azzurri were captained by Andrea Pirlo, who, along with Leonardo Bonucci, played the entire 90 minutes of the encounter.
The midfield maestro created the best opportunity of the game for his Bianconeri team-mate on 52 minutes, only for the central defender to see his effort cannon back off the upright.