The Albicelestes failed to make it to a third consecutive Copa América final on Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat to Brazil at Belo Horizonte, which fleshed out the many existing frailties of the Lionel Messi-led Argentina.
Argentina must beat guest Qatar on Sunday to have any realistic chance of avoiding its worst Copa America performance since 1983, the last time it was eliminated in the group stage of the South American competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo made a big impact in his truncated appearance at Camp Nou on Sunday, scoring a goal before being sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
An Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation by wearing a plastic bag fashioned as a Lionel Messi shirt now has the real thing. The Argentinian football star donated the jersey and also signed it for the five-year-old. The Barcelona player is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, the UN children’s agency.
Barcelona has one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium with a second half brace from Lionel Messi. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger says there was “no excuse” as he assesses his team’s performance.