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By The Atlas Lions, Mar 27 2019 07:24AM

(Xinhua) -- The visiting Argentine national football team defeated Morocco 1-0 in a friendly Tuesday night in the Moroccan city of Tangier.


The sole goal of the game was scored after a brilliant move from Atletico Madrid player Angel Correa at the 83 minute.


Morocco had better ball possession, at 57 percent, but they were unable to convert their possession to goals.


The game was affected by strong winds hitting the Mediterranean city of Tangier.


The match is a part of the two teams' build-up for upcoming competitions in their respective continents. It was the third victory for Argentina against Morocco in friendlies after a 3-1 win in 1994 and a 1-0 victory in 2004.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 23 2019 12:15PM

(ESPN) Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's friendly against Morocco on Tuesday but Barcelona expect him to be fit to face Espanyol after the international break, sources have told ESPN FC.


Messi returned to the Argentina team for the first time since the World Cup as they lost 3-1 to Venezuela in Madrid on Friday, playing the 90 minutes but ending the match with a groin problem.


Argentina confirmed that he would return to Barcelona and would not travel with the squad for the game against Morocco.


But Barcelona sources said they were relaxed about Messi's injury. There will be no further tests when he returns to Catalonia, and he will be fine to feature against Espanyol.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 23 2019 12:06PM

by Soka25east.com


Argentina’s miserable Friday night was compounded by the news that Lionel Messi will miss their next game against Morocco and will return to Barcelona after picking up an injury in defeat to Venezuela.


Messi captained the side inside Atletico Madrids’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium and while he played the 90 minutes, it now transpires he collected a pelvic injury which will now see him return to Barcelona to recover.


In a statement released on their website late on Friday, Barcelona wrote: ‘Lionel Messi did not have the return to international action that he would have wanted, and an injury picked up on Friday night means he will miss Argentina’s game against Morocco on Tuesday.


Lionel Messi will return to Barcelona after collecting an injury while representing Argentina


Messi played 90 minutes in Madrid but will play no part in the next game against Morocco


‘The FC Barcelona star captained his side and played the entire 90 minutes of the friendly against Venezuela at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, but they would lose 1-3.


‘It was his first appearance since the 2018 World Cup quarter final loss against France, which was followed by a short-lived international retirement for Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer.


‘Whilst he would feature from start to finish, a problem with his pubis means that Messi will not play in the second friendly of the international break.’



It is believed the injury is a flare up from a pre-existing problem and all parties are not keen to take a risk on their star man – particularly Barcelona given they have one eye on their upcoming Champions League tie against Manchester United.


Messi showed flashes of brilliance in Madrid but it was Venezuela who impressed with goals from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martinez. Lautaro Martinez got Argentina’s consolation.


The Barcelona attacker cut a frustrated figure at full-time as his return to the international fold – having taken a sabbatical following Argentina’s World Cup exit last summer – ended in such disappointing fashion.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 18 2019 07:06PM

Ahram Online


Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech will not be playing in the Atlas Lions' upcoming games against Malawi and Argentina due to a muscle injury.


The team, who have already qualified for the African Cup of Nations, will face Malawi in a qualifier away on Friday, before meeting Argentina in friendly four days later in Tangier.


The 25-year-old sustained an injury during his side's 1-0 loss to Alkmaar in a Dutch league game on Sunday.


Ziyech has produced many fine displays with Ajax this season, helping his side reach the UEFA Champions league quarterfinals at the expense of defending champions Real Madrid.


He has scored 14 goals and provided 12 in 21 league appearances so far this season.


Reports have said that Premier League club Chelsea are showing interest in the player.


Ziyech, who started his international career in October 2015, has 23 caps and has scored 12 international goals.



By The Atlas Lions, Mar 5 2019 02:45PM

Moroccan national soccer team players are forbidden to commit charges on Lionel Messi or take photos with the Argentine superstar during the Morocco-Argentina friendly game.


The Football Association (FA) of the Latin American country has outlined the conditions to its Moroccan counterpart, according to local daily Al Akhbar.


Moroccan players, a source from the Moroccan FRMF told the daily, should not take photographs with Messi after the match nor use excessive force against the FC Barcelona legend.


The terms signed between the two federations also include ban on fans to take selfies with the Argentine captain.


The two countries will lock horns on March 26 in Tangiers as part of FIFA international friendlies. The FRMF, according to the source, is also forbidden to disclose the name of the hotel to host the Argentine squad.


It should also charter a private jet to fly Messi and his teammates from Spain where they will be gathering for preparation before the match.


Moroccan authorities should also provide security for the visitors throughout their stay in the North African country.


The Argentine FA on the other side will ensure that Messi plays at least for 60 minutes.


http://northafricapost.com/28612-argentinas-fa-outlines-conditions-for-morocco-argentina-march-26-friendly.html

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