Argentina’s Scaloni belittles Messi injury, unease about Brazil-Argentina face-off.

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Le Bled Parle Sports announces that Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has expressed that he will change his starting lineup for the FIFA World Cup versus Brazil. 

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On Sunday, Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena face-off later comes just three days after Argentina beat Venezuela 3-1 in Caracas and Brazil overcame Chile 1-0 in Santiago on the seventh matchday of South American qualifiers.

“The idea is to make some changes because of the short interval between matches,” Scaloni told a virtual news conference on Saturday. “We will make a decision depending on how the players are after training.”

Scaloni said he was confident Messi would start despite fears for the 34-year-old’s well-being after Adrian Martinez scythed him down in the first half of Thursday’s match at Estadio Olimpico, Xinhua reports.

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The defender received a straight red card for the studs-up challenge, which struck Messi just below the left knee and left him unable to stand up for almost five minutes.

“Leo is fine; it was a big scare, but he will train, and we will know on the pitch if he is 100%, but I think he’ll be okay,” Scaloni said. Sunday evening qualifier will be the first meeting between the arch-rivals since the Copa America final in July, in which Argentina won 1-0 at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.
Brazil currently leads the 10-team South American qualifying group with seven wins from as many matches, six points ahead of second-placed Argentina.

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Next year, the top four teams will earn a berth at football’s showpiece tournament in Qatar, while the fifth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff.


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