World Cup LIVE updates: Messi gets Argentina swansong under way

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Messi’s quest

Vince Rugari is one of the two writers from smh.com.au and theage.com.au in Qatar and here is his report on the eve of Messi’s World Cup swansong.

Argentina v Saudi Arabia – team news

The name we all want to see is on the Argentina team sheet. The one and only Messi starts his quest for a World Cup with the captain’s armband and the hopes of a nation upon him.

Argentina

Emeliano Martinez (gk), Cristian Romero, Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolas Otamendi, Nahuel Molina, Alejandro Gomez, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Lionel Messi (c), Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria.

Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Al-Owais (gk), Ali Al-Bulaihi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohamed Kanno, Saud Abdulhamid, Abdulelah Al-Malki, Saleh Al-Shehri, Hassan Al-Tambakti, Salman Al-Faraj(c), Salem Al-Dawsari, Firas Al-Buraikan.

Arnie’s last word before meeting the world champions

Welcome one and all

Hello, sports fans.

A big welcome to the live coverage of tonight’s World Cup clash between Argentina and Saudi Arabia from the Lusail Stadium.

From an Australian (and French) perspective, the high point of tonight’s slate of four matches comes at 6am (AEDT) when the Socceroos take on France.

But before that, sit back and enjoy Lionel Messi and co. starting their quest for the biggest prize in world sport.

Kick-off is at 9pm (AEDT), but until then we’ll have the team news and a quick fly around of all things football from Qatar.

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