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Bolivia lose appeal over ineligible player, giving boost to Chile

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Bolivia's punishment for fielding Nelson Cabrera has been confirmed.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Bolivia have lost their appeal against forfeiting two World Cup qualifying games for fielding an ineligible player, a ruling that hurts Argentina's chances of qualifying.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said FIFA was right to hand 3-0 defeats to Bolivia in games played last September against Chile and Peru.

FIFA had ruled that Bolivia were wrong to field Paraguay-born defender Nelson Cabrera as a late substitute in both disputed games.

Cabrera fulfilled Bolivian requirements...

 By Tim Vickery

CONMEBOL qualifying table in limbo awaiting verdict on Bolivia CAS appeal

For all of the Argentina national team's current problems it is highly likely that, come the end of South American World Cup qualifiers, the recent 1-0 win over Chile will be seen as the decisive result that got the team over the line and on the plane to Russia. True, it was a dreadful performance and an undeserved win, as well as being the match in which Lionel Messi picked up a four-game ban.

But imagine if Chile had won the game. They would be second in the table, rather than their current position...

 By PA Sport

Argentina stutter to defeat in Bolivia without Lionel Messi

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Bolivia took advantage of Lionel Messi's absence to claim a comfortable 2-0 victory, harming Argentina's hopes of World Cup qualification in La Paz on Tuesday.

Argentina, who went into the match on the back of a two-match winning run in the South America group, started without the suspended Messi after the Barcelona playmaker was banned for four international matches for abusing an assistant referee during last Thursday's tie with Chile.

The 29-year-old Barcelona forward will also miss Argentina's...

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Paulinho hat trick helps Brazil extend lead; Lionel Messi goal lifts Argentina

A Paulinho hat trick helped Brazil to a 4-1 victory over Uruguay in a clash of the top two teams in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying on Thursday.

Uruguay were awarded a penalty on nine minutes when Alisson took down Edinson Cavani after the PSG striker had beaten the Brazil keeper to a chested back-pass from left-back Marcelo.

Cavani then stepped up and powered his shot low and to the right of Alisson to give the home side a 1-0 advantage.

Paulinho scored the first of his goals to put Brazil level...