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Oscar Tabarez Defends Barcelona Star As Argentina Threaten To Miss World Cup

Oscar Tabarez Defends Barcelona Star As Argentina Threaten To Miss World Cup”

The story was ran by Portuguese publication Record on Sunday, with the original report surfacing in Don Balon, but Gomes made it clear he had too much respect for his Coach and superstar to 'invent' something so farfetched.

If teams are tied on points, the tie-breakers in order are: overall goal difference; overall goals scored; points in matches between tied teams; goal difference in matches between tied teams; goals scored in matches between tied teams; away goals scored in matches between tied teams; "fair play points" based on yellow and red cards.

And according to the Madrid-based newspaper, City are ready to pounce amid the uncertainty with a £358m offer for Messi in the January transfer window.

"He's a huge player but he can't do it all, this is a team sport".

A bad omen is that Argentina began their qualifying campaign with a shock 2-0 home loss to Ecuador two years ago when they were coached by Argentine Gustavo Quinteros.

Sampaoli attempted to break that cycle last week with the surprise selection of Dario Benedetto in attack, a gamble that failed to pay off after the Boca Juniors striker missed a string of chances.

"There's 90 minutes for Sampaoli to show that he's the real saviour because everyone said he was the saviour for Argentina".

Then, the Blaugrana hierarchy tried desperately to replace the former Santos man and that dragged into yet another theatrical saga with Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.

Chile can also reach an automatic berth, or a playoff, with a loss.

Colombia gets an automatic berth with a victory at Peru - regardless of other results. Things may not be perfect for Messi at Barcelona, as always seems to be the case, but it's not thought to be serious enough to facilitate a move.



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