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Messi leads Argentina to victory over Ecuador

Buenos Aires, Argentina | XINHUA |    Lionel Messi converted a first-half penalty as Argentina beat Ecuador 1-0 in their opening South American zone World Cup qualifier on Thursday. Messi put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute at La Bombonera after Lucas Ocampos was scythed down by Pervis Estupinan after …

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CONMEBOL clears Messi to play in opening World Cup qualifier

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Lionel Messi will be free to play in Argentina’s opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ecuador next month after the forward’s suspension was deemed to be no longer valid, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Thursday. Messi received a one-match ban for an …

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Copa America starts afresh in quarters, says Argentina’s Messi

Porto Alegre, Brazil | AFP | Argentina will start from afresh in the Copa America after averting disaster with Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Qatar that sent them into the knockout stages, star Lionel Messi said. Goals from the Barcelona icon’s forward partners Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero were enough to propel …

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Messi ‘bitter’ as Colombia stun Argentina

Salvador, Brazil | AFP |  Lionel Messi said his team was feeling bitter after Argentina lost their opening Copa America match 2-0 to Colombia despite dominating the second half. Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave Colombia their first tournament victory over Argentina in …

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Hopeful Messi keen to end Argentina title drought

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | With Neymar sidelined by an ankle injury, Lionel Messi heads into the Copa America this weekend as the competition’s main attraction but one with a desperate need to end more than a decade of hurt with Argentina. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has one …

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Messi scores twice as Argentina routs Nicaragua 5-1.

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  Lionel Messi scored a first-half double as Argentina warmed up for the Copa America with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Nicaragua on Friday in San Juan. The Central Americans, who will participate in this month’s Gold Cup tournament while Argentina battle it out in …

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Messi still driven to win with Argentina, insists Aguero

Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Lionel Messi still “loves” the Argentine national team despite more than a decade of disappointments, international team-mate Sergio Aguero said on Thursday as the pair prepare for the Copa America in neighboring Brazil. Despite trophy cupboards laden with club accolades, both Messi and Aguero have …

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