A Guido Rodriguez header in the 13th minute was all that separated the two sides, as Argentina emerge with a 1-0 victory over Uruguay.
A limp first-half display from Tabarez’s side was met by improvements in the second period, but Cavani and Suarez were isolated figures as the midfield failed to turn defence into attack with incision.
Argentina sat deeper and deeper as the match wore on looking to hold onto their lead, while hitting on the counter-attack through an ever-involved Messi.
It certainly wasn’t a vintage performance from the Albiceleste, but the three points is enough to take them level with Chile at the top of the group.
Argentina are in action again on June 21, when they play Paraguay. Uruguay will be looking for their first win the same day with Chile their opponents.