Sampaoli charged with preventing Messi-less World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – A year out from the final World Cup of Lionel Messi’s prime years, Argentina are just beginning a new era as Jorge Sampaoli attempts to turn around the two-time world champions’ faltering qualifying campaign.

Sampaoli’s first match in charge since leaving Sevilla to answer his country’s call gave cause for optimism as Argentina saw off an under-strength Brazil 1-0 in Melbourne on Friday.

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