Lionel Messi and Argentina are potentially facing three tricky World Cup qualifiers as they target the continuation of their unbeaten run since the Qatar 2022 qualifiers began in the CONMEBOL region. Alongside Brazil, Argentina are unbeaten since the World Cup qualifiers started in the South American section.
Two-time world champions Argentina are experiencing a good time at the moment after their Copa America tournament win in the summer. Their Copa America tournament triumph this summer was a sweet one for those connected to Argentine football as the title was clinched on Brazilian soil and at the expense of the host nation. It’s an open secret that Brazil and Argentina share a fierce rivalry dating back to several decades ago.
Lionel Messi was the main man as Argentina ended their 28-year wait for a major trophy at the Copa America tournament in Brazil earlier this year. Lionel Messi finished the tournament as both the best player and the Golden Boot recipient. In the final, PSG teammate Angel Di Maria was the man who scored the decisive goal in the first half to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Brazil.
Since winning the Copa America tournament this summer, Argentina have won their two World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Bolivia. In the last game at home to Bolivia, Lionel Messi scored a fantastic hattrick to lead Argentina to a 3-0 win. The treble took his tally in the World Cup qualifiers to five goals.
The two wins over Venzeuela and Bolivia ensured that Argentina maintained their six-point deficit to leaders Brazil on the South American standings ahead of Qatar 2022. Brazil have a perfect record of 24 points from eight games, while Argentina are on 15 minutes.
In their next World Cup qualifier, Argentina are away to Paraguay on Thursday, October 7. The former world champions then take on Uruguay at home on Sunday, October 10 before facing Peru at home next week Thursday, October 14.