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Argentina plans two friendlies ahead Russia 2018 World Cup

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Argentina’s players celebrate the opening goal scored by Ever Banega during an international friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV


One of Nigeria’s opponents in the group stage of the Russia 2018 World Cup, Argentina plans to play two friendly matches in May.With preparations for the World Cup up and running, LioneL Messi and co will play two friendly matches prior to flying off to Israel in June.

According to a tweet by Fernando CZYZ of TNT Sports, Argentina will play the first friendly match on May 24 with the opponent to be announced at a later date. However, at the moment, the opposition is rumored to be Bolivia.

A second match will take place on May 29 and while Nicaragua was confirmed as the opponent, there were some things, which still need to be confirmed and Costa Rica have emerged as a possible opponent. One match will be played outside of Buenos Aires, while the second will take place either at Boca’s stadium or at Velez’s stadium.

Jorge Sampaoli and his team will then travel to Barcelona on May 30 and while they will spend a few days in the Catalan city, they will not play any matches in the country.

Their next (and final game prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup) will come on June 6 in Tel Aviv against Israel. After that, the team will travel to Russia for the tournament.


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