The FIFA World Cup American qualifiers are well under way and there’s an exciting match coming up. While Lionel Messi and Neymar, Jr. might be teammates, take a look as they face off against each other in their match as Argentina takes on Brazil in a battle of powerhouses.
The two teams are at the top of their group and they clash for the rights to join those countries already qualified for the 2022 World Cup at Qatar. Spain, Serbia, and Croatia are already through. The loser of the match will join Portugal, Sweden, and Russia in trying to go to the last dance via a playoff.
Messi in the Lineup
Leo Messi has been in a string of injuries of late. Fortunately for Argentina, they enter the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers with the prized forward, even as their qualification is not guaranteed. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said that the reason he played against Uruguay was to get a feel of the game, and that he had been feeling good since that game.
The Argentina coach then stressed that Messi is indeed feeling good and that he was optimistic the Argentine forward will be available to play against the Brazil game. What’s not good, though, is that Leandro Paredes, Messi’s teammate at both Paris Saint-Germain and country, is not available.
Other Teammates to Step Up
Despite Paredes’ absence, Messi has help from Paulo Dybala and Julian Alvarez. The coach said that both have been treated for their respective injuries and appear to be fine. Paredes, for his part, had been training for three days with the team, but it’s still the coach’s decision whether he will play in the game against Brazil, something 12BET sports analysts will watch closely.
Scaloni stressed that winning the game is important to them. Far from just leading the group and qualifying through that, the manager also said that it’s important as a matter of discipline; a victory against a strong rival is always good going into the World Cup, he said.
Where the Standings Are
Currently, Messi and Neymar’s teams are at 1 and 2. Argentina still needs a full six points to even be shoulder to shoulder with Brazil, although they are eight points ahead of third-running Ecuador. Expect the game to be a knockout affair between both teams as they seek outright qualification without having to play in the playoffs.
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