It’s going to be a special moment when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who used to play together at Barcelona, meet again during the South American World Cup qualifying game. Despite no longer being teammates in Catalonia, the Gremio striker recently shared his thoughts on their upcoming reunion.
In an interview with the official information channel of the Uruguayan Football Federation, Suarez expressed his happiness about returning to the team and feeling thrilled to face Messi once again. He shared that during their conversation, Leo asked him several times about retiring from the national team or continuing to play. Overall, Suarez is thrilled to be back on the team and ready for any challenges that lie ahead.
The upcoming reunion between Messi and Luis Suarez has been a topic of interest. Although they won’t be playing together anymore, the former Barcelona and Liverpool striker still wants to contribute to the Uruguayan team. He expressed his mixed feelings about the call-up and his love for the team. Suarez also mentioned Darwin Nunez as a worthy replacement.
Argentina’s loss to Saudi Arabia in the opening group stage encounter of the 2022 World Cup Finals was disappointing. However, their defense had performed well in the previous eight games without allowing any goals. Their winning record in the South American 2026 World Cup qualifiers was largely due to their efficacy. Uruguay, on the other hand, defeated Brazil 2-0 in their previous encounter, showing that they are a formidable foe and can pull off a surprise against Argentina.
In the World Cup qualifiers for South America, Argentina faced a loss due to Lionel Messi’s poor performance against Uruguay. Despite being on home turf and having a strong team with satellite players like MacAllister, Alvarez, Gonzalez, and Fernandez, Argentina struggled to score against Uruguay’s defensive strategies. Messi attempted to make some shots and free kicks but couldn’t make an impact. Uruguay took the lead in the 41st minute with Ronaldo Araujo’s goal, assisted by Matias Vina. In the second half, Argentina tried to attack while Uruguay focused on defense, but the game’s circumstances remained the same with Messi struggling to find openings.
Despite their previous winning streak and impressive clean sheet, Argentina suffered a setback when they lost to Uruguay. During the game, Argentina made several attempts to equalize, but they were unsuccessful and needed a recovery blow in the 87th minute. Unfortunately, Messi lost possession of the ball, which led to Uruguay’s swift counterattack. Nunez capitalized on his speed to finish the play expertly and double the lead. Despite their best efforts, Argentina was unable to turn the tide of the match in the remaining minutes. Nevertheless, despite their 0-2 loss, Argentina remains at the top of the standings with 12 points after five games. However, they are only two points ahead of Uruguay in second place.