Argentina against Bolivia: why Lionel Messi is not playing

Argentina against Bolivia: why Lionel Messi is not playing
September 12, 2023 – 16:00

The captain of Argentina traveled to Bolivia although he will not be part of the substitute bench after having left with a discomfort at the end of the match against Ecuador.


The captain of the Argentina National Team, Lionel Messiwill not play this Tuesday’s match Qualifiers against Bolivia. Coach, Lionel Scaloni decided to protect it after he felt discomfort about the end of the match against Ecuador from last Thursday. The presence of the 10 in La Paz had been in doubt although he finally traveled but will be left out of the substitute bench.

Although studies confirmed that Messi was fitthe coaching staff decided not to risk it in a complicated match 3625 meters that will involve great physical effort.

Instead, the captain will be Angel Di Maria who will play from the start. The formation of the World champions will be with Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi and Nicolás Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernández and Alexis Mac Allister; Ángel Di María, Julián Álvarez and Nicolás González.

10 will not be vacant, it will be taken Angel Correa who will be on the substitute bench.

Lionel Scaloni’s squad entered the “Giant of Miraflores” after 14:30, an hour and a half before the initial whistle of Uruguayan referee Esteban Ostojich. For its part, Bolivia arrived two hours before the start of the match.

The local public rose at the moment when a group headed by goalkeeper Carlos Lampe He went out to reconnoiter the playing field.

Argentina will go for its second victory in the Qualifiers

Argentina will have a difficult stop this afternoon on the second date of South American Qualifiers against Bolivia at the height of La Paz. Despite the 3625 meters high, The world champions arrive as favorites.

Bolivia has just lost 5-1 against Brazil as a visitor and Argentina won 1-0 at the Monumental stadium against Ecuador.

Source: Ambito

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