World champions Argentina will face Australia in an international friendly at the Workers Stadium in Beijing on Thursday.

Argentina and Australia will meet for the first time since the thrilling match at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Lionel Messi led the Socceroos to a 2-1 win over the Socceroos in the showpiece tournament in Qatar, giving them the momentum to go all the way to Qatar and secure World Cup glory. Argentina's honeymoon period continues as they look to extend their winning streak to eight matches after winning two friendlies in their last international break. La Albiceleste enjoyed their World Cup success on home turf in back-to-back friendlies against Panama and Curacao in March, scoring nine goals without reply in both games.


After beating Panama 2-0 in Buenos Aires, Argentina thrashed Curacao 7-0 in Santiago del Estero as superstar Lionel Messi broke the milestone with four goals in two games. La Pulga scored his 800th career goal with a stunning free-kick against Panama, and the opener moved him to 100 international goals for his country with a 17-minute hat-trick against Curacao. After the clash against Australia, Argentina will face Indonesia during this summer's international break. Meanwhile, the Socceroos are seeking revenge against the nation that knocked them out in the last 16. Australia actually surprised many by advancing through a World Cup group that included France, beating Denmark and Tunisia. However, they were unable to overcome South American powerhouses Argentina in the round of 16, despite applying late pressure. Graham Arnold's side endured mixed results in friendlies against Ecuador, with a 3-1 win in Sydney followed by a 2-1 defeat in Melbourne at the end of March. The reigning World Cup champions will take on Argentina in an international friendly against Australia on Thursday. The two teams were strong in Qatar as Argentina secured a thrilling 2-1 win in the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup. Lionel Messi scored the opener in that match and he is expected to captain Argentina on Thursday.


Argentina are -580 favorites while the Socceroos are +1400 underdogs in the latest Argentina vs Australia match from Caesars Sportsbook. A draw returns +480 on the 90 minute money line. The over/under for total goals is 3.5. Kick-off is at 8am on Thursday from the Beijing Workers Sports Complex in Beijing, China. Australia had an amazing run at the 2022 World Cup, finishing second in Group D behind France. The Socceroos have played two games since knocking out Argentina in Qatar. They secured a 3–1 win against Ecuador on 24 March, and suffered a 2–1 defeat against Ecuador four days later. Australia's current 23-man squad includes 12 players who have been part of the Socceroos' remarkable rise in Qatar. One player missing out on the 2022 World Cup is striker Brandon Borrello. However, Borrello was effective for Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia's A-League, recording 13 goals and five assists in 27 appearances. He scored his first goal for Australia in a friendly against Ecuador in a 2–1 loss.


As the United States prepare to face Mexico in the CONCACAF Nations League, Balogan has undoubtedly been a genuine talent prospect since joining Arsenal's academy set-up as an eight-year-old, with the Gunners beating their north London rivals Tottenham on his services. However, a path to regular football at the Emirates Stadium seems shrouded in uncertainty for too long. It was never an issue of talent, if anything Arsenal had too much in that one position. Three-year-old Eddie Nketiah has grasped his big chance under Arsene Wenger and established himself as the depth option penalty box hunter that Balogan can be. Ahead of him in the race for a squad role is Tyrese John-Jules, a more all-round striker who can link up play and drift wide, although he would struggle with injuries during loan spells in the English lower leagues. From speed. The Liam Brady Cup ahead of Bayern Munich and Juventus in 2016 and the Under-18 Premier League in 2018-19 - Balogan has scored goals by the boatload, modeled after heroes like Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski. However, this is largely a given for a top forward at youth level. At 16, coaches challenged him to improve his attitude and broaden his game. "I'm not one to say it two or three times," he would later note. "After that conversation, I put my head down and luckily I turned things around pretty quickly." He did just that, dominating the Premier League 2 youth competition by the time he turned 20, scoring 13 goals in 11 games at the start of the 2021-22 season and already enjoying some great runs. Europa League Group Stages. Balogun made way for a moment in the Arsenal first team, with positive COVID-19 tests for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette and Nketiah's illness forcing Mikel Arteta to be thrown in at the deep end. Season at Brentford. It was a step too far for Balogan, but it brought renewed attention to his role with the Gunners as his contract nears its expiry date. For a while the youngster looked bound for the exit door, with Brentford and Sheffield United rejecting bids and European clubs including Stuttgart lining up to seal a deal for him. It took a four-year deal worth more than £30,000-a-week, an almighty deal for a player who had only played twice in the Premier League, for Balogun to be signed on the dotted line. 21-year-old Folarin Balogan is expected to make his debut after committing to represent the red, white and blue. Although he only has a few training sessions under his belt, fans aren't limited by that, as many of his new teammates echo the same sentiment. No one can wait to see America's new striker on the field.

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