Without Messi, Argentina plays 0-0 friendly draw with Chile

first_imgArgentina’s Paulo Dybala, right, takes a shot on goal against Chile during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Chile and Argentina played to a combative 0-0 draw Thursday night in an exhibition missing the suspended Lionel Messi.The South American rivals combined for 10 yellow cards, but no goals in a rematch of the Copa América third-place game won 2-1 by Argentina on July 6. Argentina remained unbeaten in its last six matches against Chile.ADVERTISEMENT Chile got its best scoring chance in the 60th minute, but Angelo Sagal thumped his shot off the crossbar. Martínez nearly scored for Argentina in the 70th minute, but Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo rushed forward to break up the play. Argentine defender Lucas Martínez Quarta then put a header off the bar in the 85th minute.Brazil faces Peru at the Coliseum on Tuesday in a rematch of the Copa América championship game as the international break continues.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption View comments Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City NCAA: Letran destroys St. Benilde, creates logjam at No. 2 LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Messi is serving a three-match international ban issued by South America’s governing soccer body for his criticism of CONMEBOL following the Copa América tournament this summer. Without the world’s biggest star in the lineup, the match was played in front of a passionate but sparse crowd at the 77,500-seat Coliseum near downtown Los Angeles.While both coaches brought young players to the exhibition, plenty of veterans played in a lively match. Argentina fielded a potent front line of Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, Inter’s Lautaro Martínez and Lazio’s Joaquín Correa, while Alexis Sánchez started for Chile one week after finalizing his move from Manchester United to Inter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Neither team scored in a combative first half between longtime rivals who didn’t treat it as a friendly.Argentina’s Leandro Paredes sent Sánchez flying with a tackle in the sixth minute, setting the tone for several similar exchanges. Paredes and Chile’s Charles Aranguiz exchanged shoves during a stoppage shortly before halftime. MOST READ Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs LATEST STORIESlast_img