December 4, 2020

Messi leads an Argentina very diminished by the losses

Messi, with the Argentine team.

Messi, with the Argentine team.

The Argentine team began its preparation for the match of the third date of the South American qualifiers of the World Cup in Qatar, this Thursday against Paraguay, with Lionel messi, one of the first to arrive in the country, but with several absences due to injuries or problems with flights.

Messi, Ángel Di María and Leandro Paredes were the first to reach the facilities that the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires province.

All three were received by Claudio Tapia, president of the AFA.

During the day several summoned were added, although not Fiorentina defender Lucas Martínez Quarta, who still could not leave for Argentina the Italian health authorities did not authorize his departure.

The players were subjected to tests for coronavirus and then they performed “recovery” activities divided into two groups.

“One did regenerative exercises, stationary cycling and stretching movements on the mats, while the other batch focused on definition work“reported the AFA.

Marcos Acuña, from Sevilla, and Paulo Dybala, Juventus, were discharged due to injury.

The coach, Lionel Scaloni, he summoned Lisandro Martínez, from Ajax this Sunday.

Boca Juniors’ offensive midfielder Eduardo Salvio was left out of the payroll at the last minute because this Sunday he withdrew injured from the game against Newell’s Old Boys.

La Albiceleste will have their first formal training session on Tuesday and on Wednesday, before the second practice, Scaloni will speak at a press conference.

Argentina will receive Paraguay this Thursday at the Bombonera de Buenos Aires on the third day of the South American qualifiers.

La Albiceleste debuted with a 1-0 win against Ecuador with a Lionel Messi penalty goal and then beat Bolivia in La Paz by 1-2 with goals from Lautaro Martínez and Joaquín Correa.

Paraguay drew with Peru 2-2 cOn a brace by Ángel Romero and then beat Venezuela 0-1 with a goal from Gastón Giménez.

On the fourth day, which will be played on November 17, Argentina will visit Peru and Paraguay will receive Bolivia.


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