Home wins for Peru and Messi-inspired Argentina

Home wins for Peru and Messi-inspired Argentina

Beaten finalists four years ago in Brazil, Argentina struggled in the qualifiers, only securing their ticket with a win in their final match, but they were far too strong for a Haiti side 103 places below them in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

Argentina failed to add to their tally but should have been further ahead against Haiti, whose sole appearance at the World Cup finals came in 1974 and are ranked 108th in the world, 103 places below them in the world rankings.

While Barcelona chiefs would not allow Arsenal to talk to Messi as they had no interest in selling the Argentinian forward.

That Messi was not involved in either the semis or the final was great news for Argentina, who have become remarkably reliant on the five-time Ballon d'Or victor over the past couple of years.

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"We're not going as favourites but will give it our all", said Messi.

"We have to think we will finish first in this group, but it won't be easy".

"We have players with talent and experience".

Paulo Dybala says Argentina players are all committed to helping Lionel Messi live his dream of winning a major trophy with his country.

"The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me "if you had chosen Spain, you'd be a World Cup victor already", but it wouldn't have been the same", he added.

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'I'm increasingly sure that in Europe, Barcelona will be my only club, ' Messi told Argentine television station El Trece. Argentina play Haiti on Tuesday in Buenos Aires and Israel on June 9 in Jerusalem in their two warm up games.

"We felt the affection of all the supporters tonight, unlike at other times [when there have been insults]".

"Let no one have doubts that we are going to try everything, as people always ask us".

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