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Lionel Messi and his teammates announced they will no longer speak with the press going forward following their win over Colombia.


Argentina head into Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Chile in Buenos Aires with their hopes of reaching the finals in Russia next year in doubt.

Four games without a win - including consecutive losses to Paraguay and Brazil - have left Edgardo Bauza's side out of the top four automatic qualifying places.

In contrast they will come up against a Chile side glowing with confidence after their 3-1 win over second-placed Uruguay in their last qualifying game in November.

Argentina's players have...

 By Ben Gladwell

Paulo Dybala set to miss crucial Argentina-Chile qualifier with injury

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Paulo Dybala was called up for international duty despite carrying a knock.

Paulo Dybala is set to miss Argentina's potentially crucial World Cup qualifier against Chile on Thursday, but the injury he suffered while playing for Juventus against Sampdoria last weekend is not thought to be serious.

Dybala was called up for international duty despite the knock, but Argentina's FA has announced that he is training individually and unlikely to be considered for selection.

"Paulo Dybala trained separately from the rest of the team today [Tuesday] and the minor injury to his left...

 By Tim Vickery

The state of play in South America's World Cup qualifiers

Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.
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Argentina hosts Chile on Thursday in what could be one of the more decisive ties in this World Cup qualifying campaign.

There are no real prizes for coming first. Or second for that matter. World Cup qualification in South America is all about crossing the line and making it through to Russia.

The first four teams qualify automatically for next year's tournament, with the side finishing fifth having to play off against opponents from Oceania. And as the competition moves into the final third, only Brazil are really sitting pretty.

Those six consecutive wins under new coach Tite have carried Brazil to 27 points. In...

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Argentina players still refusing to talk to media following boycott - reports

Lionel Messi and his teammates announced they will no longer speak with the press going forward following their win over Colombia.

The Argentina squad have stuck to their decision to boycott the media, opting not to speak to reporters ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia, according to media reports.

Argentina's players first made the move back in November when Lionel Messi led the team into the postmatch news conference after a 3-0 win against Colombia and declared that they will no longer talk to the media after accusations were made regarding teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Argentina players...

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No one in the national team has a problem with Icardi - Edgardo Bauza

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A star at Inter Milan, Mauro Icardi has made just one appearance for Argentina.

Edgardo Bauza has cited Mauro Icardi's limited ability to hold the ball up as reason the Inter Milan captain has yet again been left off the Argentina squad, but cautioned the prolific forward to remain calm.

Icardi, 24, has been a star since joining Inter from Sampdoria in 2013, scoring 74 goals and providing a further 24 assists in 138 appearances for the San Siro club.

However the Inter captain has made just one international appearance for his country -- against Uruguay back in 2013 -- and was...