Brazil-Argentina are entering the field early in the morning in a different match. Argentina and Brazil, two arch-rivals, are entering the field in separate matches on Friday (November 17) in the World Cup qualifiers. Albiceleste fly to Buenos Aires against Uruguay. Five-time champions Brazil will take on the hosts at the Stade Metropolitano in Colombia. Both the matches will start at 6 am Bangladesh time.
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Confident Argentina in Buenos Aires. After Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay in the World Cup qualifiers, Peru crashed in Albiceleste in the last match. Argentina is ruling the South American region with 12 points from four consecutive wins. This time, in the fifth match, Uruguay is in front of them. The reigning champions are unstoppable in the last 14 matches across all competitions. This time, Argentina hopes to continue the victory by defeating Uruguay.
Lionel Messi’s return from a muscle injury brought relief to the entire team. Coach Scaloni hopes to keep him in the starting XI.
Scaloni told the media, “Messi is a footballer who encourages others to play by playing himself. It makes my job easier. He is perfectly fit. Hopefully, we can keep him from the beginning.
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Pablo Maffeo and Francisco Ortega await their debuts. Nicolas Otamendi will be partnered in defense by Cristian Romero. Rodrigo de Paul will play with Enzo Fernandez and McAllister in midfield. Messi is the lifeblood of the main attack team. His associates are Julian Alvarez and Nicolas Gonzalez.
Opponents Uruguay are second in the table with 7 points from four matches with two wins and one draw. Edinson Cavani will not play against Argentina due to injury. Argentina have won all three of the last 5 meetings between the two teams. Two matches have been drawn. Messi’s duel with dear friend Luis Suarez will add a different dimension to the match, fans hope.
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Brazil will fight against Colombia in another match. The Seleção beat Peru 1-0 on the heels of a 5-1 win over Bolivia in September in World Cup qualifying. Then a draw with Venezuela and in the last match, Uruguay sinks to their shame. They are third with 7 points. The absence of Neymar, the best star of the team, is felt by Brazil.
Although it will be difficult to beat them in Colombia, Diniz’s team wants to take the challenge. Brazil has won 6 of the 11 matches between the two teams. Colombia won once, four matches were drawn.