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Argentina rally late to draw with Venezuela, Neymar wins it for Brazil

An Argentina side without Lionel Messi mounted a second-half comeback to earn a 2-2 draw against Venezuela.
Brazil defender Dani Alves believes that leadership is the key to his teams stability.

CONMEBOL minnows Venezuela nearly pulled off a shock win against a Leo Messi-less Argentina, drawing 2-2 in Merida on Tuesday night.

Goals from Juanpi and Josef Martinez had the hosts two up with just over half an hour to play, but Edgardo Bauza's men eventually fought their way into the match.

Atletico Mineiro forward Lucas Pratto brought Argentina back into the game with a well-taken strike, before Nicolas Otamendi's 83rd minute effort ensured that La Albiceleste left Venezuela...

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Messi scores in his Argentina return; Gabriel Jesus lifts Brazil; Colombia win

Lionel Messi scored in his return from international retirement as 10-man Argentina defeated Uruguay 1-0 in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying action on Thursday.

Messi famously called quits on the national team after the Albiceleste's loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final this summer, but pledged his return just weeks later and without missing a fixture.

And the Barcelona superstar made it a happy homecoming in Mendoza with a fine strike in the 43rd minute -- the Argentina captain...

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Bolivia appoint Angel Guillermo Hoyos as head coach

Bolivia coach Angel Guillermo Hoyos
Bolivia have appointed Angel Guillermo Hoyos as new head coach.

Bolivia have appointed former Barcelona B coach Angel Guillermo Hoyos as successor to Julio Cesar Baldivieso.

Baldivieso led Bolivia to a poor Copa America Centenario showing where they finished bottom of Group D without a single point.

The 44-year-old had a record of 10 losses and one victory in his 11 games in charge, and was relieved of his duties ahead of the next round of South American World Cup qualifiers, with Bolivia sitting second last on three points from six games.