Copa America: Barcelona hero Lionel Messi nets second-half penalty to keep Argentina alive

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Lionel Messi scored on a second-half penalty and kept Argentina’s hopes of clearing the Copa America’s group stages alive in their 1-1 draw against Paraguay.

Richard Sanchez had opened the scoring in Belo Horizonte to put Paraguay ahead in the 37th minute.

Argentina’s opportunity to level up came just before the hour after the Video Assistant Referee picked up a handball by Paraguay’s Ivan Peris.

While bottom of Group B, a win over Qatar in the final group game could give La Albiceleste a ticket to the quarter-finals, if they finish the stage as one of the two best teams to place third in their group.

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Watch: Mohamed Salah and Egypt train ahead of Africa Cup of Nations opener v Zimbabwe

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Drawn in Africa Cup of Nations Group A, Egypt trained on Wednesday ahead of their opener against Zimbabwe.

Following a disappointing performance at the World Cup last year, Egypt brought in former Mexico and Atletico Madrid head coach Javier Aguirre – who also enjoyed a successful spell with Al Wahda in the UAE.

Since his arrival Egypt have scored 20 goals in their last eight matches, and he will be looking to their star forward Mohamed Salah to replicate the form that saw him net 22 times for Champions League-winning Liverpool this season.

Egypt, hosting the Africa Cup of Nations for a record fifth time, are aiming to win the tournament for the eighth time.


Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda are also competing in Group A.









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Luis Enrique steps down as Spain coach due to personal issue

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Luis Enrique has stepped down as head coach of Spain after just 11 months in the job.

The 49-year-old, appointed last July, had not coached La Roja since March due to a personal issue.

Spanish football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales announced Enrique’s departure at a press conference, with assistant coach Robert Moreno set to replace him.

“Luis Enrique has announced that he will not continue as coach,” said Rubiales.

“I have to thank Luis Enrique. The doors of the federation and the national team will remain open to him.”

Enrique signed a two-year contract following his country’s disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign.

Spain won eight of 10 matches during his tenure, suffering Nations League defeats to England and Croatia.

The 2010 world champions sit top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group F with maximum points from four fixtures.

Moreno presided over the most recent three of those wins, a 2-0 success in Malta in March followed by victories over the Faroe Islands and Sweden earlier this month.

Rubiales added: “The decision of the RFEF is to trust Robert Moreno as the coach, he will continue with the same duration of the contract that was already signed.

“He will be in charge of taking us to Euro 2020 and to make a good job of it if we qualify.”

Enrique’s appointment came after his country suffered a surprise penalty shootout defeat to hosts Russia in the second round of last summer’s World Cup.

Spain had sacked Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament after he accepted the Real Madrid job, with Fernando Hierro, who was previously the RFEF’s sporting director, taking over on a temporary basis.

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