Argentina starting eleven, Lionel Messi starts against Brazil in World Cup qualifier


Lionel Messi starts for Argentina against Brazil in their World Cup qualifying match.

Messi is in the starting eleven, as is Leandro Paredes. Argentina national team coach starts Messi up front with Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria. Leandro Paredes gets the start in place of Guido Rodriguez. Here is the starting eleven:

Emiliano Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, Lautaro and Di María.

Paulo Dybala along with Martínez Quarta, Almada and Soule do not make the bench.


  1. I am satisfied with today’s performance, considering the strength of the opponent and the fact that we are too near to the qualification. De Paul was really good today, worked hard and had some skilful moments. Though Messi seemed like tired towards the end, I am okay with his performance considering that his passes were really helpful and he was the only one could penetrate this Brazilian defence. More over, the win in this match is just for statistics, which would have brought unnecessary pressure.

  2. Argentina ties Brazil and people want to dismantle the team. This is the third ranked team in the world and our eternal rival. Anyone expecting anything other than a tie or 1-0 should give their head a shake. Argentina had some chances, The Defense held up well. Theres a lot of positives to take from this match. I’ll take a tie with Brazil. We are essentially qualified. Smile people…PS…DePaul will be the next Captain of Argentina

  3. Acuna is not looking like a same player he had been, not impressed with his attacking output. He has good ball holding ability but his crosses are passes are the things he should bring.
    It looks like he has put on some weight not fast like earlier.

  4. I honestly don’t like anytime we play 3-4-3. In 3-4-3 the most important positions are the wing backs. Bielsa made that formation famous because he had Zanetti and Sorin which was perfect. Acuna and Molina are attacking wing backs but they are not good enough for a world class 3-4-3 team.

    Plus we usually had bad results anytime we played 3-4-3 in friendlies.

    The positives of the game:
    1. Lisandro Martinez starts to get the favor.
    2. The red hot Julian Alvarez too.
    3. 27 unbeaten and still has yet to concede a goal

  5. Lautaro Martinez is not a no. 9 Argentina needs but here many member loves him because he scores goals again small team against big teams or solid offence he just hide himself can not create or shot for himself.
    J. Correa played below average Argentina needs no. 9,can not go for extra time in Knock out,fatigue also matters.

  6. Tough game as expected and Messi would have scored had he been playing recently. ARG got one point and they as well, questionable PK call but Otamendi needs to WISE THE HELL UP (dodged the bullet there) and the REF. for the most part was fair.
    I’ll take a point over ZERO points and if the news is true then 3 more points are coming.
    This team has not reached its full potential yet with players like Correa and Dybala and few others are still on the outside looking in.

  7. I just love the way de paul given his 100% he was even in the goal box to help martinex then he was just outside the brazil penalty box he is very fit and ready to do anything to win
    Thats what we need from all players.
    I dont care even if its messi the player out of nick must be substituted his shots were not powerful

  8. Scaloni made a mistake this time changing the formation to 3-4-3 in the second half. Lisandro Martinez for Paredes was a good sub but Lisandro was used as a left center back instead leaving De Paul and Lo Celso as 2 midfielders.

    We rarely played 3-4-3 under Scaloni. He should have sticked with 4-3-3 and not substituted Lautaro Martinez that early.

    • 3-4-3 when we defended and 4-3-3 when we had the ball. It worked in the last 15-20 mins. I also liked that he brought on Domingues even though for the last 5 mins. Joakin Correa is not the substitute of Lautaro that we are looking for.

      DePaul, Otamendi and Romero were the beasts. Messi seems still injured.

  9. Its entertaining. Few thoughts

    1. We are not creating any chances. The idea is not clear of how we want to attack. Messi is holding back, therefore reducing chances.
    2. Lo Celso cannot impose himself. I mentioned this in an earlier post. He is too soft.
    3. Otamendi lucky not to get a red card and it was totally unnecessary.
    4. Romero shows he is the boss. I don’t understand how this player plays at Spurs.

    Licha is here. His chance to close the deal.

  10. Lautaro martinez has zero contribution in last two games. Lo celso is also not working hard. Correra should come in place of lautaro. I don’t know who will be replacement for lo celso. May be palacios. There should be a alternative for lo celso in team.

  11. The rafree seems to be good and kind of PL rafree other wise first half could have been 4-5 yellow plus red for otta
    This is what otta and pardees worrys me they always want to fight and get booked and spoils team momentum.
    The added defence duty of lautaro makes the opposition box vacant when we attack

    • The last game Paredes has played, not just for us, was against Peru. He had some bad looking moments but some good moments as well, in particular one through the lines pass I liked. We are very lucky about Otamendi. But Paredes with a yellow right now is very dangerous, not just because of his personality but because of his role as well. He won’t be able to stop counter attacks which for Brazil are dangerous

    • Yes a substitution would help, one that can unbalance everything for Brazil. We need to be more direct to goal and not pass it to Messi every second. Brazil is focussed on Messi like usual. Find a moment of weakness from Brazil and capitalize on it

  12. This kind of football may be just enough to survive against Shit Marino teams. Brazil is playing like one of those teams tonight, yet we can’t draw blood of it.
    A professional team with ruthless attitude and hardwork would have scored 5 goals against nil, against this shitty opponent

  13. Is Dybala injured ? Else it looks like he just went there to celebrate his birthday!
    Brazil squad has 4 changes from last match ( Neymar,Casimero,Thiago Silva, Gabriel Jesus)

    Vinicius- Paqueta -Raphinha
    Fred – Fabinho