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Chile aims to end Argentina's recovery

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 By Sam Kelly

Can Argentina overcome their distractions to get vital win vs. Chile?

ESPN Deportes' Ricardo Ortiz and ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno dissect Argentina's struggles in World Cup Qualifying.

Another international date means another chance for Argentina to confront familiar obstacles. Thursday's opponents in Buenos Aires are Chile, who have done much to become the Albiceleste's bogey team in recent years but are not the only thing standing in their way; Argentina must also face pressure from public expectation, increased media attention due to the players' boycott, and the mental block that affected the side at times during the second half of 2016.

Argentina's start to life under Edgardo...

Chile will try to end Argentina's recent recovery in World Cup qualifiers

Lionel Messi's absences have hurt Argentina in this World Cup qualifying cycle.

Chile will try to end Argentina's recent recovery in 2018 World Cup qualifying when the teams meet Thursday night in Buenos Aires.

Argentina have won just once in their last five qualifiers, having defeated Colombia 3-0 at home in the most recent round in November.

Chile, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last five games, with a win over Iceland in China in January as well as victories against Peru and Uruguay.

FiveThirtyEight's Soccer Power Index (SPI) gives host Argentina a 62 percent chance of a victory.

Argentina have struggled in the competition without Lionel Messi, who has played in just...

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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...