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Argentina still don't have a plan around Lionel Messi but made it safely into Copa America quarterfinals

There's an easy trap every manager must avoid: Don't give your idea of play more importance than the players at your disposal. In other words, work with what you've got, don't work around it.

This trap explains the thoroughly predictable disaster of Argentina's World Cup campaign last year. Jorge Sampaoli is one of the most interesting coaches around, but his bold, high-press tactic requires quick defenders and a goalkeeper who is good with his feet. Argentina have neither, and the result was...

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Argentina sneak past Qatar into Copa quarterfinals

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Argentina are through to the Copa America quarterfinals after beating Qatar, but Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner are far from impressed.

Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez both scored in Argentina's 2-0 win over Qatar that sealed their place in the Copa America quarterfinals on Sunday.

Argentina, needing a win to advance from the group stage, were handed the perfect start when a Qatari defender mistakenly passed the ball to Martinez at the top of the penalty area and the Inter Milan forward beat Saad Al-Sheeb to make it 1-0 inside of five minutes.

Aguero had a golden chance to double Argentina's lead, but he flashed his low...

Lionel Messi, Argentina on the brink of major tournament humiliation again

All Argentina have to do is beat Qatar and they are on to the quarterfinals of the Copa America. Given their performances over the first two games, is victory a sure thing?

It's that time again. Do or die. In or out. Dust off the old cliche about how, from here on out, it's a direct elimination tournament and every game is a final. Because for Argentina it's now a reality. If Lionel Messi and Co. fail to beat Qatar on Sunday night, their Copa America is over with a whimper.

The trophyless drought will extend to 26 years, all the way back to 1993, when Gabriel Batistuta, Fernando Redondo and Diego Simeone led the Albiceleste to the Copa America in Ecuador. It's by...