Argentina made to sweat for Chile win
- Wed 17 Oct 2012, 8:14AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta’s Argentina grabbed a 2-1 win over Chile that puts them in pole position for Brazil 2014.
Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain did the damage in Santiago that stretched La Albiceleste's lead at the top of CONMEBOL qualifying to three points over Ecuador.
Sergio managed 86 minutes and showed some bright touches in the narrow victory over Chile, including one delightful flick that goalkeeper Pinto had to be at his best to divert onto the post.
However, it was all about Messi once again, who is now just three goals behind Diego Maradona’s scoring record of 33 goals for the country.
"We wanted the six points from these matches because we thought we could made a very important step,” said Messi.
"The tournament is very even. There were some results that helped us escape a little bit, but we must keep working.”
Elsewhere, according to the Daily Mirror, City have been linked with a bid to bring Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets to the Etihad Stadium.
"Barcelona have insisted the 24-year-old is not for sale, and may even move to give him a new contract to keep him at the club,” the story reads.
“But City want to further strengthen their midfield, despite buying Javi Garcia, Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell in the summer, and ex-Barca man Yaya Toure has been a huge success since his move to Eastlands.
“Mancini believes Toure and Busquets could be the perfect midfield combination.”
We’ll have to wait and see on that one…
An old familiar story has also reared his head with news that City are apparently ready to make one last play to bring Daniel De Rossi to Manchester.
Roma’s 29-year old midfielder had pledged his future to the club in the wake of reported interest from the Premier League champions in the summer but it’s thought that he’s willing to listen to offers in the January transfer window.
“With news of de Rossi’s unhappiness emanating out of Rome, and talk that the Serie A side are looking for a January sale to ease a £48m loss in the last financial year, the Italy international could be back on the agenda,” writes Stuart Brennan in the Manchester Evening News.
“De Rossi has clashed with new manager Zdenek Zeman after being dropped, and much has been made of the fact that Zeman signed two players who play in his central position, Michael Bradley and Panagiotis Tachtsidis.”
This one could run and run (again).
Remember that the only place to read confirmed transfer news is right here on mcfc.co.uk.