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Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Marcelo fired Brazil to a 3-0 victory over Paraguay in their World Cup qualifier as the Selecao extended their winning run to eight matches. The result at Corinthians Arena here on Tuesday lifted Brazil to 33 points from 14 matches and all but guaranteed the five-time world champions a place at football's showpiece tournament in Russia next year.

Earlier, Argentina's shaky qualifying campaign continued when they stumbled to a 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. The defeat came just hours after Lionel Messi was given a four-match ban by the FIFA disciplinary committee for abusing a linesman in the Albiceleste's 1-0 victory over Chile last week.

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee – in application of articles 77 a) and 108 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) – has reached a decision in relation to the case of Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi following an incident that occurred during the match between Argentina and Chile on 23 March 2017 as part of the qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia:

Footballer Lionel Messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee.

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Ace forward Lionel Messi helped Argentina beat Chile 1-0 in an intense football match of the South American qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, putting the Albiceleste in the direct qualification zone. Messi scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 16th minute on Thursday.

The Argentine squad managed to kill two birds with one stone; first, they exacted revenge against Chile after La Roja defeated them in the last two Copa America finals. Secondly, Argentina climbed to third place with 22 points, one less than Uruguay and eight behind Brazil, putting the Albiceleste in the direct qualification zone for the World Cup.

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Brazilian football club Sao Paulo has signed Argentina striker Lucas Pratto from Atletico Mineiro in a four-year deal. The 28-year-old will be officially presented to the club's fans on Sunday after Sao Paulo on Friday agreed to pay Mineiro an undisclosed transfer fee.

"We now have one of the best forwards on the continent, an Argentina international and possibly an important player in the next World Cup," Sao Paulo president Carlos Silva said.

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Brazil and Argentina will meet in an international football friendly in Australia on June 9, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has said.

The match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has the capacity to seat more than 1,00,000 spectators, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Argentina football coach Edgardo Bauza, presently touring Europe, has praised the professional level his team's talisman Lionel Messi has reached in recent months.

After attending a training session of Atletico Madrid on Thursday, Bauza said Messi seems to be doing well as he led his club FC Barcelona to reach the Cop del Rey final, and emphasised the player's steady development over the last two months, reports Efe.

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Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team lost its 2017 Americas Rugby Championship opener 20-6 to Argentina XV Saturday evening at Westhills Stadium. Gordon McRorie kicked two penalties for Canada while Santiago Medrano and Segundo Tuclet had tries for the visitors.

"They looked a little more organised than us," Canada's head coach Mark Anscombe said. "It was anyone's game at half time but I thought we played a poor second half and they started playing a bit more and put us under pressure."

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