Argentina, the defending World Cup champions, is led by Lionel Messi as they get ready to play Australia in a friendly match on June 15.
In December 2022, the two nations last faced off in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16. Messi and Julian Alvarez scored both goals to help Argentina win 2-1.
As Messi excelled in what was likely to be his final World Cup, the team led by Lionel Scaloni at times appeared to be invincible. Messi scored in both of Argentina’s post-event celebration games against Curacao (7-0) and Panama (2-0), which were played on home soil.
The Sporting News investigates whether Messi will participate in the international friendly versus Australia that is planned to take place in China in June 2023.
Where to watch Australia vs. Argentina
Is Lionel Messi playing today vs Australia?
As long as he is healthy enough to play against Australia, Messi will receive his 175th cap for the Albiceleste. In each of PSG’s final four games of the season, he played the whole 90 minutes, and it is anticipated that he will start against the livezstream.
While Facundo Medina and Leonardo Balerdi are competing for a spot in the starting lineup, Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Buonanotte will be seeking their maiden senior international experience.
Lisandro Martinez of Man United is out for Argentina due to an injury, while Scaloni left out players like Papu Gomez, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, and Angel Correa from the roster.
What time does Australia vs. Argentina start?
The international match will take place at Beijing, China’s Workers Stadium on Thursday, June 15.
The match will start at 8 p.m. local time (8 a.m. eastern time, 10 p.m. eastern standard time). This is how it converts to various time zones throughout the world.