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23 Mar 19
News365.co.za

Barcelona forward Messi missed six internationals following a self-imposed exile since losing to eventual winners France at the World Cup in Russia. Lionel Messi made a disappointing return to Argentina duty after being injured in a 3-1 defeat by Venezuela. Messi, 31, finished the match but felt pain in his groin and will sit out Tuesday’s friendly […]

23 Mar 19
Archy Worldys

Photo: © getty Vienna – Saturday, 23.03.2019, 00:13 clock Even Lionel Messi's first appearance after an eight-month absence, Argentina has not saved on Friday before a friendly defeat against Venezuela (1: 3). In his first international match since the World Cup knockout round against France (3: 4) played by the Barcelona star, although he should […]

23 Mar 19
Soccer

Argentina 1-3 Venezuela Lionel Messi made a disappointing return to Argentina duty after being injured in a 3-1 defeat by Venezuela in a friendly in Madrid. Barcelona forward Messi missed six internationals following a self-imposed exile since losing to eventual winners France at the World Cup in Russia. Messi showed flashes of brilliance but it was not […]

23 Mar 19
Archy Worldys

Messi failed to add to his 65 international goals Lionel Messi made a disappointing return to Argentina in a 3-1 defeat by Venezuela. Barcelona forward Messi missed six internationals following a self-imposed exile since losing to eventual winners France at the World Cup in Russia. Messi, 31, the match but felt pain in his groin […]

22 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
VENEZUELA stunned Argentina and beat them 3-1 at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, spoiling Lionel Messi’s international football return. Albiceleste fans waited 265 days to see the Barcelona maestro play again for their national team after he took a break following last year’s nightmare World Cup. Venezuela beat Argetnina 3-1 to spoil Lionel Messi’s return to international football Argentina fans feared Messi, 31, would retire from international duty again after the South American nation were crushed 4-3 by World Cup winners France in Russia last year. He then refused to play for Lionel Scaloni’s side in all six friendlies following the disappointing result. And good, old Diego Maradona – characteristically for himself – advised his great compatriot to turn his back on the country and tell them to “f**k off”. But ahead of this year’s Copa America, Scaloni managed to talk the Barcelona ace into ending his international football boycott, and he started for the reshuffled Argentina team against Venezuela on Friday. Mauro Icardi, Gonzalo Higuain, and Sergio Aguero were among stars snubbed by the Albiceleste coach. Scaloni seemingly tries to give his side a new, fresher look in preparation for the summer tournament. But Venezuela made sure Messi would not be all smiles after putting the famous sky-blue jersey on again. Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon opened the scoring after a pin-point, 30-yard pass behind Argentina’s struggling defence, smashing the ball past keeper Franco Armani. And Jhon Murillo then doubled the lead minutes before the break with a spectacular banger from the edge of the box. [article-rail-section title=”most read in football” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”8″ query_type=”popular” /] Josef Martinez converted from the spot late to ensure Lautaro Martinez’s second-half goal would not inspire Argentina’s comeback. Venezuela therefore sealed their historic result, beating their great South American rivals just for the second time ever – having never bagged three against them before. Argentina will now fly to Tanger to face Morocco on Tuesday in one of their last tests before Copa America. Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon opened the scoring for Venezuela Khon Murillo celebrates doubling Venezuela’s lead Josef Martinez scores a penalty to secure a win for Venezuela Messi hoped for a different result to mark his Argentina return [bc_video video_id=”6015635064001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Euro 2020 qualifiers and Internationals: How can I watch, kick-off times of games including Scotland, Argentina and Brazil”]
22 Mar 19
The Sun
VENEZUELA stunned Argentina and beat them 3-1 at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, spoiling Lionel Messi’s international football return. Albiceleste fans waited 265 days to see the Barcelona maestro play again for their national team after he took a break following last year’s nightmare World Cup. Venezuela beat Argetnina 3-1 to spoil Lionel Messi’s return to international football Argentina fans feared Messi, 31, would retire from international duty again after the South American nation were crushed 4-3 by World Cup winners France in Russia last year. He then refused to play for Lionel Scaloni’s side in all six friendlies following the disappointing result. And good, old Diego Maradona – characteristically for himself – advised his great compatriot to turn his back on the country and tell them to “f**k off”. But ahead of this year’s Copa America, Scaloni managed to talk the Barcelona ace into ending his international football boycott, and he started for the reshuffled Argentina team against Venezuela on Friday. Mauro Icardi, Gonzalo Higuain, and Sergio Aguero were among stars snubbed by the Albiceleste coach. Scaloni seemingly tries to give his side a new, fresher look in preparation for the summer tournament. But Venezuela made sure Messi would not be all smiles after putting the famous sky-blue jersey on again. Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon opened the scoring after a pin-point, 30-yard pass behind Argentina’s struggling defence, smashing the ball past keeper Franco Armani. And Jhon Murillo then doubled the lead minutes before the break with a spectacular banger from the edge of the box. [article-rail-section title=”most read in football” posts_category=”339″ posts_number=”8″ query_type=”popular” /] Josef Martinez converted from the spot late to ensure Lautaro Martinez’s second-half goal would not inspire Argentina‘s comeback. Venezuela therefore sealed their historic result, beating their great South American rivals just for the second time ever – having never bagged three against them before. Argentina will now fly to Tanger to face Morocco on Tuesday in one of their last tests before Copa America. Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon opened the scoring for Venezuela Khon Murillo celebrates doubling Venezuela’s lead Josef Martinez scores a penalty to secure a win for Venezuela Messi hoped for a different result to mark his Argentina return [bc_video video_id=”6015635064001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Euro 2020 qualifiers and Internationals: How can I watch, kick-off times of games including Scotland, Argentina and Brazil”]
22 Mar 19
The Irish Sun
VENEZUELA stunned Argentina and beat them 3-1 at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, spoiling Lionel Messi’s international football return. Albiceleste fans waited 265 days to see the Barcelona maestro play again for their national team after he took a break following last year’s nightmare World Cup. Venezuela beat Argetnina 3-1 to spoil Lionel Messi’s return to international football Argentina fans feared Messi, 31, would retire from international duty again after the South American nation were crushed 4-3 by World Cup winners France in Russia last year. He then refused to play for Lionel Scaloni’s side in all six friendlies following the disappointing result. And good, old Diego Maradona – characteristically for himself – advised his great compatriot to turn his back on the country and tell them to “f**k off”. But ahead of this year’s Copa America, Scaloni managed to talk the Barcelona ace into ending his international football boycott, and he started for the reshuffled Argentina team against Venezuela on Friday. Mauro Icardi, Gonzalo Higuain, and Sergio Aguero were among stars snubbed by the Albiceleste coach. Scaloni seemingly tries to give his side a new, fresher look in preparation for the summer tournament. But Venezuela made sure Messi would not be all smiles after putting the famous sky-blue jersey on again. Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon opened the scoring after a pin-point, 30-yard pass behind Argentina’s struggling defence, smashing the ball past keeper Franco Armani. And Jhon Murillo then doubled the lead minutes before the break with a spectacular banger from the edge of the box. [article-rail-section title=”most read in football” posts_category=”10″ posts_number=”8″ query_type=”popular” /] Josef Martinez converted from the spot late to ensure Lautaro Martinez’s second-half goal would not inspire Argentina’s comeback. Venezuela therefore sealed their historic result, beating their great South American rivals just for the second time ever – having never bagged three against them before. Argentina will now fly to Tanger to face Morocco on Tuesday in one of their last tests before Copa America. Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon opened the scoring for Venezuela Khon Murillo celebrates doubling Venezuela’s lead Josef Martinez scores a penalty to secure a win for Venezuela Messi hoped for a different result to mark his Argentina return [bc_video video_id=”6015635064001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Euro 2020 qualifiers and Internationals: How can I watch, kick-off times of games including Scotland, Argentina and Brazil”]
22 Mar 19
Arcynewsy

Photo: © getty Vienna – Saturday, 23.03.2019, 00:13 clock Even the first appearance of Lionel Messi after an eight-month absence, Argentina did not save Friday before a friendly defeat against Venezuela (1: 3). In his first international match from the knockout round of the World Cup against France (3: 4), played by the Barcelona star, […]

22 Mar 19
Nouvelles Du Monde

Photo: © getty Vienne – Samedi, 23.03.2019, 00h13 heure Même lors de la première comparution de Lionel Messi après une absence de huit mois, l’Argentine n’a pas épargné vendredi avant une défaite en match amical contre le Venezuela (1: 3). Pour son premier match international depuis les huitièmes de finale de la Coupe du Monde […]

22 Mar 19
News Archives Uk

Messi was unable to increase his 65 international goals Lionel Messi returned for the first time since the World Cup in Argentina and ended in a 3-1 defeat by Venezuela. The striker from Barcelona, ​​Messi, has missed six caps after a self-imposed exile, after losing in the last knockout round against France the last winner […]

22 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

Lionel Messi’s return for Argentina ends in 3-1 defeat against Venezuela https://ift.tt/2YkdWYS Messi failed to add to his 65 international goals Lionel Messi’s return to the Argentina side for the first time since the World Cup ended in a 3-1 defeat by Venezuela. Barcelona forward Messi has missed six internationals following a self-imposed exile since […]

22 Mar 19
talkSPORT
The end of the Premier League is edging towards its conclusion and we are no closer to knowing who will be crowned champions in May. However, we do know who have been the stand-out performers this term – and on Friday, former full-back Danny Mills had his say. Danny Mills has picked his Premier League team of the season Mills unsurprisingly included the three frontrunners  for Player of the Year, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, in his XI. Liverpool stopper Alisson got the nod over Man City glovesman Ederson. But perhaps more controversially, Mills has chosen Sadio Mane over Mohamed Salah and Cesar Azpilicueta over Trent Alexander-Arnold. But who else has made the XI? Have a look at his full selection below…
22 Mar 19
News365.co.za

Messi and Ronaldo set to return for international duty. Messi is due to start Friday’s friendly for Argentina against Venezuela in Madrid, with Ronaldo in the squad for Portugal’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier at home against Ukraine in Lisbon. Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo are both set to play for their countries for […]

22 Mar 19
E-sport

Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo are both set to play for their countries for the first time since the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Messi is due to start Friday’s friendly for Argentina against Venezuela in Madrid, with Ronaldo in the squad for Portugal’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier at home against the Ukraine […]

22 Mar 19
Dream Team FC
First of all, apologies for occupying yet more of the internet with Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo content. Whether you’re ‘Team Messi’, ‘Ronaldo GOAT’, or ‘can’t we just enjoy both?’ you’ve undoubtedly spent too much of your life discussing the pair’s rivalry already. But have you thought about how your opinion has been shaped by the split-second actions of Gonzalo Higuain and Eder? 0 goals in 15 games for Swansea in 2015/16 Since Euro 2016, Ronaldo enthusiasts have criticised Messi for not winning anything with Argentina. The legendary No10 has lost four international finals while his Portuguese nemesis is one from two. Many believe the presence of a trophy on Ronaldo’s mantelpiece is evidence of his superiority. Messi fans would argue the nature of his finals demand consideration… and perhaps they’re right. No cigar Brazil comprehensively outplayed Argentina in Messi’s first major international final in 2007. But his others – occurring in three consecutive years between 2014 and 2016 – were decided by barely tangible margins. Pressure often turns major finals into cagey affairs, not least Germany and Argentina’s tense World Cup final in 2014. After an inauspicious start to the game, a rare Toni Kroos error gifted Higuain a one-on-one opportunity. And he shanked it, badly… We will never know if Sergio Aguero would have converted the chance… but I reckon he would have hit the target at least. Soon after, Higuain had a goal correctly disallowed for offside. Some Argentina fans believe he could have held his run and scored a legitimate goal, but that’s not for me to say. It is overly simplistic to suggest Higuain cost Argentina (and Messi) a World Cup as we do not know how Germany would have reacted to conceding. But La Albiceleste’s chances would have been greatly improved had Pipita slotted his one-on-one. Check the linesman, mate Just under a year later, Argentina faced Chile in the final of the 2015 Copa America. The game appeared destined for extra time after 90 goalless minutes when, suddenly, Messi ghosted past two defenders and manufactured a three-on-three situation. Ezequiel Lavezzi’s first-time pass begged to be tapped home at the back post. Higuain – having come on for Aguero 15 minutes earlier – arrived just in time but… Some of you may think the angle was too acute to be severely critical of Higuain — possibly. There’s no defending his penalty in the shootout though… Yikes. That was Argentina’s second spot-kick of the shootout after Messi successfully converted the first. Ever Banega’s unsuccessful attempt meant Messi was the only Argentine to score when the pressure was on — symbolism, right? In 2016, Argentina and Chile met once more in the final of the Copa America Centenario. Can you see where I’m going with this? Higuain there, squandering a another one-on-one. In many ways it’s the worst of the lot. In a cruel of twist of fate, the final was decided by a penalty shootout once again. This time, Messi missed his spot-kick as Chile prevailed and retained their crown. Having missed out of three major international trophies (including a World Cup) in as many years, the Barcelona forward announced his retirement from international football. And when you look back at the agonising nature of Higuain’s misses, you can hardly blame Messi. He later came out of international retirement Now for some contrast. Ronaldo’s Portugal limped to the final of Euro 2016. Three draws from three in the group stages meant they only qualified for the knockouts as one of the ‘best losers’. Ricardo Quaresma settled the ‘abysmal’ (quoting BBC) round of 16 clash against Croatia in the 117th minute before Portugal edged out Poland in the quarter-finals on penalties. This meant Ronaldo and co reached the semi-finals despite having not won a game in 90 minutes in the tournament. They all count They comfortably beat underdogs Wales to ensure a final against favourites and hosts France. And Les Bleus were handed a huge boost when Ronaldo was forced off with an injury midway through the first half. Portugal’s talismanic captain scored three goals and provided three assists en route to the final and Fernando Santos would surely have been concerned about his side’s chances sans Ronaldo. However, Portugal dug in with Pepe expertly repelling Antoine Griezmann and co. In the 109th minute, substitute Eder let fly and beat Hugo Lloris from 25 yards to spark jubilant scenes in the streets of Lisbon. And just like that, Ronaldo’s legacy was bolstered by virtue of a major international trophy. Of course there are other factors at work but Eder and Higuain’s contrasting fortunes in front of goal have undoubtedly shaped many people’s opinions on the dynamic between Messi and Ronaldo. In a not too different reality, Messi is a World Cup winner with two Copa America medals to boot. While the enduring image of Ronaldo’s international career is of him watching on helpless from the sidelines as France saunter to victory on home soil in 2016. Meanwhile, in the real world As it is, the reverse is true. But it’s curious how our opinions of these individuals – legends of the game no less – hinge on the actions of Higuain and Eder. What is football if not a prolonged series of coin flips? NEXT: Man City are 15 games away from a quadruple that would redefine success View this post on Instagram Those legs sure are powerful. It’s a shame about the rest of it 🐎 A post shared by Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) on Mar 21, 2019 at 7:21am PDT