Argentina sweat on Lionel Messi fitness

Messi played only the last half hour of an uninspiring match against Colombia and afterwards his club and country team-mate Javier Mascherano admitted the team isn't the same without him.

updated: June 10, 2013 15:56 IST
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Argentina travel to Ecuador for their latest 2014 World Cup qualifier with a big doubt hanging over the head of star striker Lionel Messi.

A victory would all but assure the twice world champions' place at next year's showpiece in neighbours Brazil but without Messi, Argentina are not the same animal.

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