Argentina are ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the Albiceleste are using the last international window before the Showcase event for easy fine-tuning. The first sparring partner comes in the form of Honduras on Friday evening.
Lionel Messi will face Los Catrachos at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami in the third clash between the nations.
On paper, this turns out to be a mismatch. Argentina are ranked No. 3 in the world with a top-class lineup in 33 unbeaten games since 2019. Honduras are ranked 80th and are just starting over after finishing last in North America’s World Cup qualifiers.
Argentina will round off their September with a game against Jamaica at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, while Honduras meet Guatemala in Houston on Tuesday.
Sporting News is following the Argentina v Honduras match live with live score updates and commentary.
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Argentina vs Honduras live updates, highlights from Miami friendly
15 minutes after kick-off: It’s pretty clear who the home team is at Hard Rock Stadium.
As a sale la Scaloneta. La ilusion más intacta que nunca🥺 pic.twitter.com/p3mJyAJtW0
— Anto Panetta (@anntopanetta) September 23, 2022
60 minutes after kick-off: 35-year-old Lionel Messi starts another game for Argentina. Nothing is stopping him from continuing that magical unbeaten run through to the 2022 World Cup.
ARGENTINA CONFIRMADA VS. HONDURAS 🙌🇦🇷
Estos son los 11 elegidos by Lionel Scaloni
▶️ ¿Qué te parece el equipo? pic.twitter.com/W9PDr4zVQ5
— TNT Sports Argentina (@TNTSportsAR) September 23, 2022
Line-up Argentina vs. Honduras
There will be two new faces in the 4-3-3 that manager Lionel Scaloni usually uses. Geronimo Rulli gets a chance as a goalkeeper while Papu Gomez will play on the wing in place of veteran Angel Di Maria.
Nicolas Otamendi, Joaquin Correa, Marcos Acuna and Paulo Dybala have been left out of the matchday squad and are expected to see time in New Jersey on Tuesday. Tottenham centre-back Cristian Romero has also just received his visa to enter the United States and is on his way to join the team ahead of the game against Jamaica.
Argentina starting line-up (4-3-3, right to left): 12-Geronimo Rulli (TG) — 21-Nahuel Molina, 6-German Pezzella, 2-Lisandro Martinez, 3-Nicolas Tagliafico — 7-Rodrigo De Paul, 5-Leandro Paredes, 20-Giovani Lo Celso — 10-Lionel Messi ( Captain), 22-Lautaro Martinez, 17-Alejandro ‘Papu Gomez,
Argentine substitutions (12): 23 – Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez (TG), 1 – Franco Armani (TG), 4 – Gonzalo Montiel, 13 – Nehuen Perez, 19 – Facundo Medina, 18 – Guido Rodriguez, 14 – Enzo Fernandez, 15 – Alexis Mac Allister, 8-Thiago Almada, 11-Angel Di Maria, 9-Julian Alvarez, 16-Angel Correa
Honduras coach Diego Vazquez called up 23 players, including Rigoberto Rivas and Andy Najar, who have not been called up since September 2021. Not on the list are big names like Alberth Elis, Antony “Choco” Lozano and Edwin Rodríguez. The first two are suffering from injuries, while Rodriguez has only recently signed for Aris in Greece and needs time to adjust.
This is Clayvin Zuniga and Carlos “Chapetilla” Mejia’s first call-up as seniors. Marcelo Pereira was a late scratch.
Honduras starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 22-Luis Lopez (GK) – 2-Marcelo Santos, 3-Carlos Melendez, 15-Denil Maldonado, 19-Omar Elvir – 20-Deybi Flores, 16-Hector Castellanos, 5-Kervin Arriaga – 14-Andy Najar, 12- Romell Quioto, 11-Rigoberto Rivas
Honduras participants (12): Edrick Menjivar (GK), Maylor Nunez, Getsel Montes, Franklin Flores, German Mejia, Jhow Benavidez, Carlos Mejia, Edwin Solano, Joseph Rosales, Clayvin Zuniga, Luis Palma, Bryan Rochez
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Argentina vs. Honduras TV Channels, Live Stream
|United States of America||Canada|
|date||Fri, Sept 23||Fri, Sept 23|
|time||8 p.m. ET||8 p.m. ET|
|TV channel||beIN Sports Xtra||beIN Sports Xtra|
|stream||fuboTV, beIN Connect||fuboTV, beIN Connect|
The game, from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, will be broadcast on beIN Sports Xtra in both the US and Canada, streaming on fuboTV (free trial) in both countries. There is also a stream on beIN Sports Connect.