Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to victory over Nigeria in Dhaka - the guardian

Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to victory over Nigeria in Dhaka - the guardian

Lionel Messi, second from left, two direct Argentina's goals in the 3: 1-victory over Nigeria in Dhaka. Photo: Saurabh das / AP

Set up two goals Lionel Messi and the Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuaín scored twice against to Argentina to a friendly 3-1 victory over Nigeria in the to inspire the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.

Messi, the Argentina captain, referred to in the 24th minute for Higuaín control to shoot the ball a perfect one-touch pass barefoot right in the corner of Nigeria goalkeeper, DELE Aiyenugba.

Two minutes later Messi won the ball on the centre line three defenders in one were able to beat in the penalty area. His shot from Aiyenugba but saved, Angel di María was to open up on the one hand in the recovery.

, Chinedu Obasi moved the ball back from the byline for the replacement of high into the net to Half-time the African side shoot hope to give Nigeria Captain John Obi Mikel. But Higuaín wrapped up the victory with his second goal in the 65th minute, picking up di Maria pass and scored in the second attempt, after Aiyenugba the first saved.

Messi's performance drew the admiration of a crowd of more than 20,000 in the capital of Bangladesh, as well as both coaches. "It was not possible, contain Messi", Siasia said the coach of Nigeria, Samson.

Alejandro Sabella assumed as Argentina to the team in the Copa América coach in August after Uruguay in the Quarter-finals. He immediately Messi as Captain appointed and said that he planned the team to the Barcelona forward.

Messi has since then two game winning performances in the friendly 1-0-victory over Venezuela in Delhi and now against Nigeria, produced, and has even if he goes his form for Barcelona on the international stage not yet translated. "No matter whether Messi or not, scores, as long as he plays well everyone happy is," Sabella said.

In Brussels, Jürgen Klinsmann slipped United States to a second successive defeat under their new coach, after a 55th-minute a strike by Nicolas Lombaerts Belgium friendly 1-0-victory gave.

Klinsmann took over from Bob Bradley in July and his team signed with Mexico and Costa Rica in friendlies before this match at the King Baudouin stadium had lost.

Belgium that fight that to qualify for the Euro 2012, were forced at the top for most of the first half and the United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 26th minute with a low shot by Timmy Simons. Dries Mertens then went close as the home team full advantage of the space in the last third of the pitch, which has given them twice,.

Marouane Fellaini an other good reaction forced saving his Everton Team-mate Howard, but it was not until 10 minutes after the break, which scored Belgium. The ball has been disabled to Lombaerts on the edge of the area, and he struck a sweet left-foot drive to beat the a partially unsighted Howard.

The United States enjoyed some intelligent possession soccer sometimes but some chances, even though she confused links were, as Maurice edu had excluded a header in the 86th minute.

Your advantage in the double overtime, but Chelsea 18-year-old Romelu Lukaku forward was bad from the target value from a promising position should be Belgium.

Australia overcame heat and jet lag to ease past Saudi Arabia saw 3-1 but exhausted, during a 1-1 draw Japan with Uzbekistan in the third round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup 2014 on Tuesday.

Australia's sketchy 2-1-victory over Thailand last week was not convincing, but in Dammam, the Saudis raised two goals from Josh Kennedy and a penalty by Luke Wilkshire at the beginning of the Group d

On the other hand, Japan's way game went experience working for a draw. Uzbekistan wasted a string chances against a Japan page still taste defeat in 13 play, since the Italian Alberto Zaccheroni for free in October.

Server Djeparov early Uzbekistan in the lead after eight minutes, celebrates with a triple back flip as the home fans torches lit up and roared with delight.

Shinji Okazaki diving header gave Japan a barely deserved compensation in the 65th minute. Japan top group C on four points ahead of Uzbekistan goal difference.

North Korea, unlucky 1-0 losers in Japan on Friday, scraped to go past Tajikistan 1-0 in Pyongyang, third in the group.

Elsewhere, recovered 2007 Asian champions Iraq themselves of their shock home defeat by Jordan last week in Singapore in Group A 2-0 win and to give his first win as coach Zico.

South Korea played to a 1-1 draw in Kuwait to the top Group B goal difference, both teams with four points.

Iran of the in the first place in Group E despite drawing 1-1 against Qatar in Doha.

Crossed 3-0 in a group D match in Bangkok Thailand one-victory over a lackluster Oman thanks Sompong Soleb, Teerasil Dangda and an own goal by Rashid al-Farsi.

In Beirut again Lebanon to their group B campaign with a 3-1-victory over U.A.E..

Bahrain 2-0 scored in each half by Sayed Dhiya Saeed Shubbar and I. Latif, in the group e against Indonesia

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the first round Preview: Groups EH - (blog)

the first round Preview: Groups EH - (blog)

Lionel Messi, Centre, led Barcelona to the Champions League title last season. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

After a long summer break, 32 of the best football teams from all over Europe your search begin continental Kings to be crowned when the group stage of the UEFA Champions League 2011-12 launches from this week.

Defending champion FC Barcelona, nine time tournament winner Real Madrid, English powerhouse Manchester United, Italian giants AC Milan and plenty of the usual suspects are all try to survive the first round and progress through the knockout to earn a place in the last May of next year in Munich Allianz Arena.

Last season his fourth Crown won by Barcelona team history. Can they repeat as champions?

CBC sports commentator Nigel Reed below provides this analysis and predictions for groups E, F, G and h.

Category A, B, C and D, click hereto read about.

Nigel Reed: He won already European silverware, but the new coach of Chelsea can repeat the performance at the elite level? André villas Boas, head of the London was chased after leading FC Porto to Europa League glory, but now is there pressure to do the same in the Champions League.

Chelsea is a regular contender and I expect that in this section of Valencia to the top. The question is, how far they can go? Not even the AVB was mentor, José Mourinho, able, Europe's biggest prize during his time in charge at Stamford Bridge to collect.

Nor have you set enough in reserve to the knock out day despite loss of young Spanish international midfielder Juan Mata, Valencia and Chelsea. They are traditionally quickly out of the blocks and the Mestalla Stadium remains the real fortresses of European football.

It is in the final 10 seasons, as Beyer Leverkusen. They lost to Real Madrid and have never again scale the height. Despite the influence of the experience of Michael Ballack the German have everything against while Genk a mountainous task after the loss of Defender Torben Joneleit a long-term injury.

Vorhersage: 1) Chelsea 2), 3) Bayer Leverkusen 4) Genk

Reed: is arsenal the consumed power of Europe? Many observers believe the Gunners best days behind them and League history seems the last champions of the claim. Since 2009, reached the semifinals there was a gradual decline. Last season, Arsene Wenger has made the team in the second round.

CESC Fabregas and Samir Nasri is injured. Players of this caliber are practically not in the short term replaced, the blow but the arrival of Mikel Arteta slightly soft. Robin van Persie have to stay healthy and become a significant impression clinical if arsenal is.

In an open Group a run for their money, each team will be Marseille. Coach of Didier Deschamps believes Borussia Dortmund is a force to reckoned upon his return to the Champions League and thinks the German are particularly hard on home soil.

Olympiacos FC arsenal accompanied into the second round last season, but I think the Greeks who go harder, this time find much. They certainly will play spoiler at home and earn some points on the way, but it is difficult to see how they survive the group stage of this term.

Vorhersage: 1) arsenal, 2) Marseille, 3) Borussia Dortmund 4) Olympiacos

Reed: g. skill Ukrainians think two questions about Group repeat, what they did last season, and as FC Porto fair without the man who brought so much success? Time will tell, of course, but both have high hopes of promotion beyond the group phase.

Shakhtar occupied a section and famous beat AS Roma, home and way last term above aside from Barcelona. Brazilian Eduardo and Luiz Adriano are born duo back for more and if you click again, the Ukrainians could be the team to beat.

Porto led André villas Boas last season, but his departure on an unprecedented heights after Chelsea leaves a question mark against the Portuguese champions. His former Assistant, Vitor Pereira has to fill big shoes, and his cause is helped by striker Falcao moving to Spain.

Zenit is back after a three-year hiatus and with Luciano Spalletti at the forefront and experience in the field, there is a chance, she could lead to problems for Shakhtar and Porto. APOEL proved much more difficult than many, intended in its first Champions League campaign, but Cypriots are probably on the back in 2011 to bring back.

Vorhersage: 1) Shakhtar Donetsk, 2) FC Porto 3) Zenit St. Petersburg, 4) APOEL

Reed: It is the group, the the tie of the round and most predictable few to produce the knockout. Barcelona and Milan will qualify from Group H and probably in that order, like the Spaniards kick off the defence of their title of champions.

Before a ball is kicked, Barcelona is the outstanding Favorites the first Club since Milan 1990 under the title successfully defend taken into account. The team has changed little, but the return of Fabregas only on the quality in midfield, while Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez is pushed for some time with a torn hamstring on the sidelines.

Milan feel, it's long overdue some European success. The seven time world champion was able to reach the quarterfinals in three tries since last lifting of the trophy in 2007. The Italian champions will certainly make the knockout and the quality in the competition go much deeper.

Belarusians BATE are always familiar Champions League participants, but in this company all that they are, while patting to qualify Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic from both Rosenborg and Copenhagen for the first time that is. This "Final" has already come and gone.

Vorhersage: 1) FC Barcelona, 2) AC Milan, 3) Bate Borisov, 4) Viktoria Pilsen

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Kolkata eagerly awaits Messi show - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Kolkata eagerly awaits Messi show - Wall Street Journal (blog)

When it comes to sport in India, it is rarely above, that the hysterical losgekommen usually for Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly reserved any person outside of cricket, the way to generate. But Argentine football star Lionel Messi does just that, and his arrival in Kolkata for a friendly against Venezuela has sent the Eastern Indian town in a spin.


Wave of Argentine and Indian flags, like Messi the arrival in Calcutta on Wednesday wait Dibyangshu Sarkar/Agence France-Presse/Getty image Indian fans of Lionel Messi, Argentine footballer. Slide show view.

Kolkata, West Bengal, is India's football Center. Forget Team India and concert tickets: fans in this part of the world are passionate about Latin American sides, in particular Brazil and Argentina. It again all stems of Pele and Diego Maradona, then, the both football observers in India (and worldwide) with their sublime skills impressed. Maradona won of course millions of additional Indian fans, when he destroyed (ahem) England in the quarter-finals of World Cup 1986 alone.

Although still in the relatively early stages of his career, Messi, 24, is already Pelé and Maradona at the top of the list of sizes. His arrival in India is starved to death a big deal for a country of football stars and FIFA knows it. India remains a large and largely unused market for the sport. What other reason it would be for two South American countries, whose Spieler either operate their trade there or in Europe, according to India for a one-off match to fly? This is on the most commercial and Messi is the rhythmic, money-spinning wheel in the middle. Sport stores the blue and white stripes Argentina days of trade should enjoy a healthy.

Friday game at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata Messi are initially as Argentina's captain, as well as Alejandro Sabella debut as coach of the national team. Venezuela has struck still no Argentina in 17 attempts, but are a tougher statement after reaching the semi-finals in the last Copa América. Argentina crashed the tournament in the quarter-finals after a defeat after Uruguay on penalties, the disposal of coach Sergio Batista asked.

Argentina is in a rebuilding phase during Venezuela with a rare high. Friday night in Kolkata, which have whatever the result, have little effect on the team's international friendly matches, honestly, pretty meaningless are. But it means much, you will find people of Kolkata, in particular the 120,000 Stadium, Messi & co. of first hand playing Salt Lake under fill.

This is a great crowd for Messi, plays of the week in week enormous Nou Camp in Barcelona, with a capacity of approx. 100.000. Kolkata Salt Lake Stadium, also it-Pyongyang, North Korea known as YUVA Bharato Krirangan, which is world's second largest stadium, the football matches, according to the 150,000-seater Rungrado may day Stadium in-yes hosts, you guessed.

By the thousands in Kolkata today evening have four children especially memorable. Save the children has took four young people from the most marginalized communities in the city on the pitch with the players, so do not go only they will say that she saw Messi play, they will also be able to revel in the fact that they kept the great player hand.

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Messi too costly for Dhaka fans - BBC News

Messi too costly for Dhaka fans - BBC News

the greatest fans no choice had many of Messi but to see the game on television that Bangladesh Football Federation has defended his decision to charge at least $100 (£ 62) a ticket for a match between Argentina and Nigeria.

It says that it charge so much because the cost of production of the game - FIFA World Player of the year Lionel Messi - were so expensive.

The cheapest ticket for a similar match in India last week was $30 (£ 19).

Many complain that was the biggest football game in the history of the country on the budget of ordinary fans.

Although organizers said that the goal of the game was to "restore the glory of football in Bangladesh", there was no price concessions before the game for young people.

"It's a ridiculous price." She real football fans, Messi who want to see the match, "said 25-year-old Rajib Ahmed of told AFP outside the Earth." "I deserve only 8,000 Taka ($108) per month." How can I make a ticket?

I saved some money and bought a ticket for Monday training. But it costs 1,000 Taka ($13), which still too much. I would like to only Messi in action to see. "He is the best player on the Earth."

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) says that the tickets for which sold out first international football friendly hosts of the country, in the capacity of 55,000 Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka late on Monday.

Noticeable tension

But it was short, because on Sunday, only half of the tickets had been sold.

The BFF says that it will charge as much by the cost of staging a game with internationally renowned stars.

Bangladeshi fan wearing Argentina colours at the Dhaka gameThe audience in the stadium was predominantly middle class

It says that the game was made available to less prosperous people, because six large live watch the game screens around Dhaka for fans to have been built.

You life on private television stations in addition to a recording immediately, were able to see after the game in the national television ended.

The BFF argues that the authorities in Calcutta were to require so much less because the Indian Stadium has more than twice as many fans.

The BBC's Akbar Hossain, who was on the Dhaka game - says that a palpable sense of excitement about the kick-off with many fans, the Argentina were shirts with Messi the name.

But many hard fans had no choice but to play the game on television, our correspondent says, why was a little more subdued than usual the atmosphere in the stadium.

Our correspondent says that the high costs for tickets, meant that the public overwhelmingly middle class - with more than 5,000 people was there arrangement on some sort of corporate hospitality.

Argentina ran to win 3-1 winner in the friendly, revenge for a defeat against Nigeria in June.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi shows dream at Newell's old boys -

Barcelona's Lionel Messi shows dream at Newell's old boys -

Lionel Messi, ArgentinaBarcelona, the star Lionel Messi has revealed that his dream is to one day after Argentina to Newell's old boys play again.

The forward born and grew up in Rosario and the played Newell's old boys from 1995 to 2000. However, he left his childhood Club of Barcelona long at before breaking into the first team.

"" Since I was a little boy, I have been dreaming to play, especially in the Argentine League and Newell's old boys, was ever cited Messi words of ESPN Brazil.

"I really want to experience the feeling of playing for them." "I've always remain to to see if I was a little boy until late in the games on TV."

Messi to expressed also his opinion that Diego Maradona the best player of all time, is independent of the performances of Pele.

"Maradona is the best player in the history of football, without a doubt this." "I saw Pele never play, but I have to know that Diego was the best to see him."

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