Lionel Messi's Argentina status uncertain; Neymar facing criticism in Brazil.


Lionel Messi’s Argentina status uncertain; Neymar facing criticism in Brazil.

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Lionel Messi’s participation in Argentina’s recent 1-0 victory over Paraguay, despite ongoing muscular issues, doesn’t guarantee his availability for the upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Peru.

While Messi played through discomfort in the second half against Paraguay, it remains uncertain whether he will feature in the Peru clash, despite practicing with the squad.

Meanwhile, Neymar faces criticism in Brazil after a lackluster 1-1 draw against Venezuela that even led to fans throwing popcorn at the Arena Pantanal. The next World Cup expands to a 48-team format, with the top six South American teams earning direct entry, and the seventh-place team competing in an intercontinental playoff.

Currently, Argentina leads the continental qualifying with 9 points, followed by Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, and Venezuela. The fourth match day also includes Ecuador vs. Colombia, Paraguay vs. Bolivia, and Venezuela vs. Chile.


Messi’s participation in the Peru match remains uncertain due to recent muscular pains in his right leg. Coach Lionel Scaloni may have to make tactical adjustments if Messi plays, potentially involving Nico Gonzalez. Peru is gearing up to face the World Cup champion after suffering losses in their previous qualifying matches.

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Brazil, fresh from a frustrating draw against Venezuela, is set to face Uruguay, with Neymar facing criticism for his performance. Brazil’s new coach, Fernando Diniz, is likely to make three changes for the upcoming qualifying round. Uruguay, captained by Federico Valverde, is optimistic about the match after their 2-2 draw at Colombia, and they haven’t beaten Brazil in World Cup qualifying since 2001.

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