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Lionel Messi's Argentina to Lose to Brazil at World Cup, Predicts FM 2014

FILE - The Sept. 10, 2013 file photo shows Argentina's Lionel Messi on during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Paraguay in Asuncion, Paraguay. Brazilian fans hoping for a home-team win at this year's World Cup are hoping just as hard that archrival Argentina does not lift the trophy.(AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
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Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalMarch 5, 2014

Lionel Messi's Argentina are among the favourites to triumph at this summer's World Cup, but according to a simulation run exclusively for Bleacher Report by the Football Manager 2014 video game, Messi's team will fall at the semi-final stage.

First up, Football Manager predicts Argentina will beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0, getting their campaign off to the perfect start.

For their second game, Football Manager predicts a 4-0 thumping against Iran, with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero grabbing a brace.


To complete the group stage, the simulation suggests Argentina will beat Nigeria 3-2, with Messi and Aguero on the scoresheet.


The last 16 will see Argentina swat away France, with Messi scoring twice and Aguero again finding the net.


Football Manager then predicts a quarter-final victory for Argentina over Germany, with Messi (two) and Aguero again the goalscorers in a 3-0 win.


That's where the dream ends, says Football Manager—and against their bitter rivals, Brazil, to make things as painful as possible.


Neymar and Oscar will be the scorers, predicts the simulation. However, there is at least a silver lining in Argentina's third-place victory against Belgium.


That won't be much consolation for Messi and his team-mates, though.

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