Tag Archives: Argentina

Isco gets hat-trick as Spain thrash Argentina 6-1 in friendly

Spain recorded their biggest win against a World Cup winning nation (image credit: Rex Features)

Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain warmed up for the 2018 World Cup by crushing 2014 finalists Argentina in Madrid. Spain raced into a 2-0 lead when Diego Costa stabbed past Sergio Romero before Isco side-footed his first goal. Argentina, without injured forward Lionel Messi, pulled it back to 2-1 through Nicolas Otamendi’s header. Isco and Thiago Alcantara extended the ...

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Aguero faints at half time during match with Nigeria

Aguero's goal took him to third place in Argentina's all-time top scorer's list with 36 (Image credit: EPA)

Sergio Aguero was taken to hospital after fainting in the dressing room at half-time in Argentina’s 4-2 defeat by Nigeria in Krasnodar, Russia. The Manchester City striker had scored to put his side 2-0 up in the first half, but Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi found the net twice as Nigeria came back. The Argentina FA said the 29-year-old had been taken ...

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Messi hat-trick sends Argentina to Russia 2018

Lionel Messi scored his first hat-trick in World Cup qualifying matches (Image credit: AFP)

A Lionel Messi hat-trick ensured Argentina came from behind to win in Ecuador and avoid missing a World Cup finals for the first time since 1970. The 2014 runners up began the day sixth in the group and needing a top-four place to qualify automatically. They made a terrible start in Quito, losing a goal inside 38 seconds, but fought ...

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QUAO’s Monday Moanings: Protest? How about reset, Ghana?


Citi Sports editor, Nathan Quao, rolls his column out and today, he talks about Ghana’s failure to make the 2018 World Cup and the need to think of building again. Two days after the match in Kampala, I am thinking about the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the fact that we will not be there. Does it hurt? Yes. ...

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World Cup qualifying: Argentina struggle to a draw with Venezuela

Lionel Messi has one goal in three appearances for Argentina in 2017 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Argentina’s 2018 World Cup qualifying struggles continued with a 1-1 home draw against bottom side Venezuela. Jhon Murillo gave the visitors the lead with a close-range finish but a second-half own goal earned Argentina a point. They are fifth in the South American standings with two games remaining and the top four qualifying automatically – the fifth-placed team faces a ...

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FIFA Appeal Committee lifts 4-match ban on Lionel Messi


The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, lifting the sanctions imposed on him as a result. Following a hearing which took place in Zurich on 4 May 2017, the Appeal Committee has set aside the decision taken by the ...

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Bauza exits as Argentina coach


Bauza departs as Argentina coach after eight months The side collected just 11 points from a possible 24 during Bauza’s reign Argentina currently sit outside the automatic qualification spots for Russia 2018 Edgardo Bauza’s reign as Argentina coach has ended after just eight months at the helm, with the Argentinian FA making the announcement on Monday. Argentina are struggling in South ...

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Bolivia beat Messi-less Argentina 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

Football Soccer - Bolivia v Argentina - World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Hernando Siles stadium, La Paz, Bolivia 28/3/17. Argentina's players react.  REUTERS/Daniel Rodrigo

Argentina, weakened by the last-minute suspension of Lionel Messi, had their chances of reaching next year’s World Cup finals dealt a blow on Tuesday when they were beaten 2-0 by a spirited Bolivia side in La Paz. Juan Arce and Marcelo Martins scored either side of halftime to give Bolivia a deserved victory over an Argentina side who defended poorly ...

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Lionel Messi suspended for four matches

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee – in application of articles 77 a) and 108 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) – has reached a decision in relation to the case of Lionel Messi following an incident that occurred during the match between Argentina and Chile on 23 March 2017 as part of the qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup ...

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