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Messi seeks 1st goal against Brazil in World Cup qualifying

Lionel Messi has few barriers yet to break in football. One of them will be in reach Tuesday, when Argentina visits Brazil in a South American World Cup qualifying match.

The 36-year-old Messi has scored 31 goals for Argentina in World Cup qualifying encounters, but none of those came against Brazil, home or away. He has five goals against the archrival, all in friendly matches.

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Mbappé reaches 300 career goals faster than Messi or Ronaldo

Kylian Mbappé has scored 300 career goals faster than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Former France great Thierry Henry has nothing but admiration.

Mbappé achieved the feat over the weekend in a 14-0 rout of Gibraltar at the age of 24 years and 333 days. Both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the game's two biggest stars in the 21st century, were older when they reached the milestone.

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Emotional Palestinian team plays Australia at Kuwait in World Cup soccer qualifying

An emotional Palestinian team will play Australia on Tuesday at the neutral venue of Kuwait after its World Cup qualifier was moved from the West Bank due to continuing conflict in the region.

Authorities in Kuwait are expecting a big crowd at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium with passionate support for the Palestinians, a team that has never appeared at the World Cup.

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Nadal to reveal comeback plans soon after missing nearly all of 2023

Rafael Nadal is sure he'll be returning to competition after missing nearly all of 2023 with a hip injury that required surgery. And now he says he'll be revealing his comeback plans soon.

Nadal wrote Thursday on social media: "I confirmed yesterday I'll be back" and punctuated that message with a smiling emoji.

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Messi's Argentina loses 1st match since World Cup title, falling to Uruguay

Lionel Messi could not help Argentina extend its unbeaten streak since its World Cup title.

Uruguay beat Argentina 2-0 at La Bombonera Stadium in Buenos Aires on Thursday in a World Cup qualifying match, its biggest victory so far under new coach Marcelo Bielsa.

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Man City striker Haaland appears to aggravate ankle injury playing for Norway

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland might have aggravated a left ankle injury while playing for Norway in a friendly match.

Haaland came on as a halftime substitute in a 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Thursday and sustained a "little twist in his ankle," according to Norway team doctor Ola Sand, late in the game.

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High-tech ball unveiled for Euro 2024 promises more accurate offside decisions

A high-tech football ball that helps with more accurate offside decisions will make its European Championship debut next year in Germany after being used at the 2022 World Cup.

European soocer governing body UEFA and manufacturer Adidas unveiled the ball for Euro 2024 in Berlin on Wednesday. It is named "Fussballliebe," the German word for "love of football," and will be used at next year's 51-game tournament from June 14-July 14.

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Italy's Sinner records first win over top-ranked Djokovic at ATP Finals

Jannik Sinner recorded his first win over top-ranked Novak Djokovic, delighting a raucous home crowd at the ATP Finals.

Sinner triumphed 7-5, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) in a match spanning more than three hours on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

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Messi and Suárez face off in World Cup qualifying

Lionel Messi and Luiz Suárez, close friends and former teammates at Barcelona, will renew their on-the-field rivalry on Thursday in World Cup qualifying.

Messi, who appears to have recovered from a muscle injury in his leg, led Argentina to its third World Cup title last year and has his team in first place in the South American qualifying group for the 2026 tournament. The 36-year-old Suárez has just returned to Uruguay's national team as he nears the end of a high-scoring season in the Brazilian league.

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World Cup qualifying in Africa starts with 7 teams at 'home' in Morocco during stadium upgrade push

When World Cup qualifying starts in Africa on Wednesday, Morocco will be a hub of football action a year after the national team's historic run to becoming the continent's first semifinalist.

Seven teams will play "home" games in Morocco over the next week, but Africa's standout team will not be among them. Morocco's first home game in qualifying for the 2026 tournament is in June.

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