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Spurs and Aston Villa stars will start despite being “ ordered out of Brazil ”


Argentine stars Spurs and Aston Villa will start despite being `` ordered to leave Brazil ''

An incredible story about the upcoming showdown between Brazil and Argentina tonight has come to light a few hours before kickoff.

Sao Paulo showdown

The two biggest soccer nations in South America will renew their rivalries at 8pm UK time on Sunday.

The clash comes amid the respective countries’ qualifying campaigns for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

As it stands, unsurprisingly, it is Brazil who sits at the top of the table, having racked up seven perfect victories out of seven so far.

Argentina, meanwhile, are in second place, no doubt hoping to close the gap to Selecao to three points after stuttering and drawing in three of their seven qualifiers thus far.

Adding more spice to the occasion is the fact that, less than two months ago, Argentina and Brazil met in the Copa América final, with the former finally emerging triumphant on the back of a tenacious affair.

Argentine stars Spurs and Aston Villa will start despite being `` ordered to leave Brazil ''

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 10: Neymar (R) of Brazil greets Lionel Messi of Argentina during a match between Brazil and Argentina as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier at Mineirao Stadium on November 10, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes / Getty Images)

Covid chaos

However, it wouldn’t be a CONMEBOL weekend without some kind of drama emerging in the lead up to the highlight of the break.

Just hours before the start of tonight, incredibly, it emerged that a quartet of key Argentine stars, in the form of Emiliano Martínez, Emiliano Buendía, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso, seemed unlikely to show up.

This came after the four were ordered to leave Brazilian soil, accused of providing false information about their recent whereabouts upon entering the country.

Due to their presence on Brazil’s red list for travel today, anyone who has spent time in the UK within 14 days of arriving in the nation is expected to undergo a forced period of self-isolation. .

Buendia and Martinez from Aston Villa, and Romero and Lo Celso from Tottenham, however, are said having lied about being present in the UK as recently as this week.

In turn, a short time ago, it was widely stated that the four would not be available for the selection of Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni on Sunday:

However, subsequent reports have since assured that this will in fact not be the case.

Amid external pressure from CONMEBOL, Brazil has essentially had no choice but to continue tonight’s clash as planned, with the alternative of a possible point reduction:

Meanwhile, at least three of the quartet in question are expected to start at Corinthians Arena.

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