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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 22 2019 04:05PM

(BBC) Already eliminated Malawi held qualified Morocco to a goalless draw in their final Group B game in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.


Some of Morocco's best chances fell to Rashid Alioui who hit the woodwork on three occasions.


Morocco coach Herve Renard also gave a debut to Oussama Idrissi just days after the Netherlands-born winger was cleared by Fifa to swap national allegiances.


The other game in the group is on Saturday and sees Cameroon face visiting Comoros to decide who will be playing in the finals.


A draw for former hosts Cameroon will be enough for them to advance, while victory for Comoros will see them clinch second place thanks to a better head-to-head record with the Indomitable Lions.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 22 2019 01:24PM


Final Whistle!


5 minutes of additional time!


90' Rachid Alioui hit the post again!


81' Rachid Alioui hit the post!


74' Fouad Chafik comes in for Abdelkarim Baadi


66' Rachid Alioui comes in for Abdelilah Hafidi


57' Ismail El Haddad comes in for Hadraf


Location: Blantyre, Malawi


Kickoff: 13h00 GMT, 14h00 CET


Competition: AFCON 2019 qualifiers


@TheAtlasLions 0-0 Malawi:


12.Munir El Kajoui.

3. El Hajjam Oualid.

4.Badr Bennoun.

5. Abdelhamid Yunis.

17.Baadi Abdelekrim.

15.Ait Bennaser Youssef.

8.Mehdi Bourabia.

11. Hafidi Abdelilah.

7.Zakaria Hadraf.

9.El Kaabi Ayoub.

10.Idrissi Oussama.


Subs:

1.Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti.

14.Walid El Karti.

13.Ismail El Haddad.

2.Fouad Chafik.

6.Masoud Anouar (Touhami).

16.Amrabat Soufyane.

18.Rachid Alioui.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 20 2019 02:36PM


1.Munir Kajoui (FC Malaga/ESP).

2. Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad Casablanca).

3.Fouad Chafik (Dijon/FRA).

4. Walid El Hajjam (Amiens/FRA).

5. Badr Banoun (Raja Club Athletic).

6. Yunis Abdelhamid (Reims/FRA).

7. Abdelkrim Baadi (Hassania Union Sport Agadir).

8. Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar/Pays-Bas).

9. Abdelilah Hafidi (Raja Club Athletic).

10. Anuar Tuhami (Real Valladolid/ESP).

11. Soufyane Amrabat (club Bruges/BEL).

12. Walid El Karti (Wydad Casablanca).

13. Youssef Ait Bennaser (Sain Etienne/FRA).

14. Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo/ITA).

15.Ismael Haddad (Wydad Athletic Club).

16. Zakaria Hadraf (Raja Club Athletic).

17. Rachid Alioui (Nîmes/FRA).

18. Ayoub El Kaabi (Hebei China Fortune).

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 20 2019 01:01PM

(BBC) Football's world governing body Fifa has given Oussma Idrissi permission to switch international allegiance from the Netherlands to Morocco.


The former Dutch youth international, who plays for AZ Alkmaar, had announced his intention in February.


The Royal Morocco Football Federation (FRMF) says he was given approval for the move earlier this week.


FRMF received a letter from Fifa stating Idrissi is qualified to play for the Atlas Lions.


He had already linked up with Herve Renard's squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Malawi in Lilongwe on March 22.


They then play a friendly at home to Argentina on 26 March in Tangier.


Idrissi was included in Morocco's preliminary squad for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon and a friendly with Tunisia last November, but did not play.


The 23-year-old winger, who was born in the Netherlands and played for the country at various youth levels, is eligible for Morocco through his parents.


Renard had welcomed Idrissi's commitment to play for Morocco in February.


Speaking at that time, the player said it was a decision that respected both countries.


"I was born and raised here [in the Netherlands] with the standards and values of this beautiful country. I am a footballer and I had to make the decision with my parents. I wanted to make the most of myself," he said.

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