Ecuador v Argentina: Leo Messi’s final international?
Argentina face a pivotal game on Tuesday evening and the eyes of the world will be on how they get on in Ecuador.
South American World Cup qualifying is going down to the wire and two of the world’s finest players are set to play a major part.
For Leo Messi it could be another struggle as he looks to lift his Argentina side to a win in the altitude of Ecuador.
Messi hit the woodwork twice in Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Peru and may well need to be at his very best again in Ecuador.
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Incredibly, considering how they have already grabbed top spot in qualifying and since they are major rivals with Argentina, Brazil also have a role to play.
Brazil host Chile in their final World Cup qualifier.
Chile are just a point ahead of Argentina. And, with only slightly better goal difference, the double South American champions are also in great danger of not making the World Cup.
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Brazil boss Tite is expected to play a very strong side against Chile. The chances of Brazil doing Argentina an enormous favour are looking quite likely.
Meanwhile, rumours have emerged in South America (as cited here by Mundo Deportivo) that Neymar and Messi have been speaking about the games.
Neymar has assured his former Barcelona team mate that Brazil will do everything in their power to win the game versus Chile.
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These rumours reached the media in South America.
As a result, Brazil coach Tite said in his pre-match press conference that if anyone asked about Brazil playing poorly on purpose to harm Argentina, he would leave immediately.
Meanwhile, Brazil defender Miranda, who is likely to start the game, has said the World Cup loses a bit of its charm if teams like Brazil, Germany or Argentina fail to qualify.
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