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Lionel Messi with a fan who ran onto the field prior to the start of the second half in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Bob Levey/Getty Images

Lionel Messi stood calmly over the ball about 25 yards from the goal, contemplating the possibilities in front of him, which, for him, often seem alm(...)

 Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, Lucas Biglia and Pablo Zabaleta were all part of last year’s Argentina squad beaten in the Copa America final. Photograph: Getty Images

Not everybody, it’s fair to say, will be taking the Copa America Centenario entirely seriously. There’s the Olympics to prepare for and, after a World(...)

Martin O’Neill’s Ireland are now ranked 31st in the world. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland have dropped two places in the latest Fifa world rankings despite their recent win over 14th-ranked Switzerland. Both the USA and Poland have(...)

Ballboys have their selfies taken with Argentina’s Lionel Messi as he leaves the field after defeating Chile 2-1. Photograph: Getty Images

Lionel Messi’s return sparked Argentina to a 2-1 win over Chile in Santiago on Thursday, breathing new life into their South American qualifying camp(...)

Argentina’s fly half and captain Nicolas Sanchez is tackled by South Africa’s flanker Schalk Burger during the bronze medal match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium, London. Photo: getty Images

South Africa 24 Argentina 13 Bryan Habana endured a wretched night in missing four fine chances to break Jonah Lomu’s all-time World Cup try-sc(...)

Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade during his team’s Captain’s Run at London Irish’s training ground in Sunbury-on-Thames. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Argentina’s Daniel Hourcade, shortlisted for world coach of the year after the Pumas’ fine Rugby World Cup, has said he does not see himself still in (...)

Japan’s Karne Hesketh scores the winning try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Brighton Community Stadium. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

World Rugby has unveiled the shortlists for the Coach of the Year and Team of the Year accolades, with the winners to be announced at the World Rugby (...)

Australia head coach  Michael Cheika congratulates David Pocock after the Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over Argentina at Twickenham. Photograph:   Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Not exactly La Bombonera but for this night Twickenham’s groove was nothing like a rugby stadium. The 80,025 crowd was riddled with passionate Argent(...)

Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper scores his second try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Australia 29 Argentina 15 The Pumas will go home to a heroic welcome after next Friday’s bronze play-off, and will do so as the great entertainers of (...)

 David Pocock of Australia passes the ball during a training session at The Lensbury Hotel in London. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The state David Pocock and Israel Folau show up in may dictate this result. Their loss, along with Scott Sio’s busted-up elbow, would equate to Ire(...)

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