Sports Burst - Messi's Argentinean Angst



by Tim Stannard


"You screwed us twice!" remarked Messi to match referee after his goal was called back for foul that took place last week. 


If Lionel Messi wanted a temporary respite from the gloom cloud that has been following the player around of late then Buenos Aires on Thursday night was not the place to be. 

The Barca man was on duty for Argentina in a World Cup qualifier against Paraguay which resulted in a 1-1 draw - the first dropped points for the Albiceleste in the campaign so far. Except Messi. not unreasonably, feels that the game should have been a win for Argentina, and was more than willing to let the referee know his opinion at the end of the game, using the match official instead of Antoine Griezmann - his usual vessel for post-match angst. 


'You screwed us twice!" noted Messi after a penalty call was turned down but most dramatically of all, a goal from Messi himself was ruled out due to an apparent foul 27 seconds before the ball hit the back of the net. 

Sport Burst is not sure though, that this can match the drama of a match-official giving a gentle nudge to Sudan manager Hubert Velud, who hits the deck in a fine Harry Kane impression in an AFCON 2021 qualifying clash against Ghana.


That game was live, live, live on beIN SPORTS - as are three more today including the Super Eagles of Nigeria hosting Sierra Leone at 11AM ET followed by Morocco against the Central African Republic at 2PM ET. 



Neymar's injured confirmed...again, as poacher returns to Paris


The team doctors of Brazil have discovered what Thomas Tuchel for one knew already - that Neymar is suffering with an abductor injury and not fit for purpose.


Despite this, the  Brazilian forward travelled all the way from Paris to South America, only to be sent all the way back again on Friday. Neymar will miss today's World Cup qualifier against Venezuela and next week's clash against Uruguay. 

PSG do not expect Neymar to be ready to return until the end of November, to see the footballer miss next Friday's Ligue 1 clash against Monaco. Another footballer set to miss that match is Wissam Ben Yedder, who has caused an understandable scare in the French national team camp with a positive COVID-19 test. 



PSG linked with Christian Ericksen move in winter window 


In other PSG news, the Ligue 1 leaders have been linked with a swap deal move for Inter playmaker, Christian Ericksen, who has not had a good time of it in Italy since leaving Tottenham. 

"No, this isn’t what I dreamed of," said the Dane looking back at a season where the midfielder has just three starts in struggling Inter side. The deal in the winter transfer window could see Leandro Paredes going in the opposite direction. 



Gareth Bale watches Tiger wait in wings in Augusta 


During the USMNT clash with Wales on Thursday - sprightly and promising were the reviews of the goalless draw in Swansea - Gareth Bale was seen in the stands both watching the game and his laptop.

The rested forward was either keeping an eye on the game's stats to see how Wales' promising players were performing against the future world champions...or watching the US Masters at Augusta.

Assuming it was the latter, Bale would have seen England's Paul Casey at the top of the leaderboard, with Tiger Woods in hot pursuit at three strokes below. Big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau was five behind Casey as play resumed in Augusta, Georgia on Friday.