World Cup qualifying started badly for Argentina, and now it's getting a whole lot worse. Argentina sits fifth in South American qualifying, the same position it occupied two matches ago. Tuesday's 2-0 defeat in Bolivia, combined with other results from the 14th round of matches, has left the 2014 finalists in a continental playoff position - against a team from Oceania.
Diego Reyes scored in the 58th minute for El Tri. Another World Cup qualifier, another useful result for Mexico’s national team, which traveled to Trinidad and Tobago and claimed a 1-0 win that wasn’t as close as the score suggested on Tuesday. The three points, coupled with Costa Rica’s 1-1 tie with Honduras earlier in the day, put Mexico in first place in CONCACAF’s final phase of qualifying, overtaking the Ticos.
On Wednesday it is being claimed by the Guardian that Alexis Sanchez has become Chelsea’s “No.1 target this summer” as the Arsenal and Chile forward has yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners. Per the report, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has drafted up a shortlist of the players he wants to sign this summer and Sanchez is at the top of the Italian managers wishlist as he is also close to signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge. Sanchez, 28, has a deal at Arsenal until the summer of 2018 but if the north London club fails to agree a new deal with him this summer (as well as Mesut Ozil and Arsene Wenger, but that’s another story…) then they’ll have to sell him on or risk losing him for nothing as a free agent next season.