Pablo Matera said it was mission accomplished after "hungry" Argentina were able to fill "chests with pride" by securing a historic victory over New Zealand.

The Pumas sparked jubilant scenes on the pitch and in the stands at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday when they defeated the All Blacks for the first time in 30 Tests.

Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scored all of Argentina's points in a famous 25-15 Tri Nations win in Sydney.

Argentina had not played since the Rugby World Cup in October 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they came out firing in their first game of the tournament to consign Ian Foster's side to back-to-back defeats.

Captain Matera savoured a special day for his country.

The flanker said: "I don't know how to put it into words. They were eight very hard months [without being able to play].

"A lot of work, a lot of people who are not here, but we have a very hungry team and we came to fill all the people in Argentina's chests with pride."

The skipper added: "We play for the boys, for Argentine rugby.

"There are a lot of boys who haven't played rugby with their friends for eight months and we went out onto the pitch to show that we can and hopefully bring more people to rugby."

Argentina do battle with Australia at McDonald Jones Stadium in their next Tri Nations encounter on November 21.

Ian Foster said New Zealand are "hurting greatly" and Sam Cane admitted they "weren't good enough" in a shock historic defeat to Argentina.

The All Blacks were expected to respond to a loss against Australia last weekend with a Tri Nations victory in their third match of the tournament at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday.

Argentina had other ideas, beating New Zealand for the first time at the 30th attempt with a 25-15 triumph in Sydney.

Nicolas Sanchez scored all of the Pumas' points in a stunning victory that was even more impressive given it was their first match since October 2019 at the Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand have now lost two out of three Tri Nations matches and head coach Foster said they could have no complaints after losing back-to-back Tests for the first time since August 2011

"It was the second week in a row we haven't had good composure when things didn't go our way," Foster said.

"We're hurting greatly but they should be very proud of their team. It was a historic win for them."

Cane doffed his cap to Argentina, but felt New Zealand left themselves down.

"The lesson is in Test match rugby you've got to turn up with the right intent, the right attitude every single weekend, or you get it handed to you," said the All Blacks captain.

"They were good, and we weren't good enough. Their defence was outstanding."

Cane scored a second-half try and Caleb Clarke touched down late on, but Argentina had a famous victory in the bag by then.

Argentina made history by claiming their first win over New Zealand with a sensational 25-15 victory in Sydney on Saturday.

The Pumas had not beaten the All Blacks in 29 previous Tests – losing 28 games and drawing once – but that dramatically changed in their first international since last year's Rugby World Cup in October as Nicolas Sanchez produced a masterclass and scored every point for his team.

Argentina held a 16-3 half-time lead and never looked back in the Tri-Nations showdown, despite a New Zealand rally at Bankwest Stadium, where the All Blacks were condemned to back-to-back Test defeats for the first time since August 2011.

The All Blacks were desperate for a response following last week's 24-22 loss to trans-Tasman rivals Australia in the final Bledisloe Cup encounter, having already wrapped up the title.

But Ian Foster did not get the reaction he wanted as Argentina stunned a near full strength New Zealand on Australian soil.

Argentina and New Zealand traded penalty goals before the Pumas took control – star Sanchez collecting the rebound after his chipped pass bounced horribly for Beauden Barrett and crossing in the 19th minute.

Pumas fly-half Sanchez had two tries and as many assists in his previous five Tests against New Zealand heading into the match, scoring 50 points.

With the All Blacks rattled, Sanchez drilled two more penalty goals before half-time as Argentina moved clear.

Argentina extended their lead thanks to Sanchez's fourth three-pointer of the game, though New Zealand threatened a comeback when Sam Came crashed over to reduce the deficit to 19-10 in the 53rd minute.

New Zealand huffed and puffed, and while Caleb Clarke muscled his way over at the death, Sanchez's fifth and sixth penalty goals had already put a historic result beyond doubt.

Lionel Scaloni called for greater consistency with the VAR after Argentina were denied a winner against Paraguay.

Nicolas Gonzalez cancelled out Angel Romero's penalty at La Bombonera on Thursday and Argentina thought they had a third straight win to begin World Cup qualifying when Lionel Messi scored in the second half.

However, the goal was ruled out after a VAR check for a foul that started Argentina's passing build-up, and Scaloni's men were held as they moved onto seven points from three World Cup 2022 qualifiers.

But the Argentina coach wants to see greater consistency from the VAR after his side were denied a winner.

"I think that in some way it is necessary to seek to unify the issue of the VAR," Scaloni told a news conference, via Argentina's Twitter.

"I am not talking in good or bad faith, but to unify criteria."

After a slow start, Argentina dominated following Romero's opener from the penalty spot for Paraguay.

Argentina have won just two of their past eight qualifiers against Paraguay, who held on for a point in Buenos Aires.

Scaloni was satisfied with his team's performance and said they were dominant for long periods.

"In the first 15 minutes the team did not go well. After the penalty I think it was all ours, honestly," he said.

"The team reacted, created situations, did what it had to do. We achieved a draw."

Scaloni added: "We are leaving with a bittersweet taste because Argentina did everything to win.

"In the second half, we put the rival behind. We must also value the attitude of the team, which always believed in achieving victory."

Argentina continue their qualifying campaign with a trip to Lima to face Peru on Tuesday.

Argentina continued their unbeaten start to World Cup qualifying with a 1-1 draw against Paraguay at La Bombonera on Thursday.

Angel Romero's penalty gave Paraguay a first-half lead, but his opener was cancelled out by Nicolas Gonzalez's header.

After falling behind, Argentina were dominant, and Lionel Messi had a second-half goal ruled out following a VAR check.

Lionel Scaloni's men were forced to settle for a point and are unbeaten through three qualifiers to top the CONMEBOL standings.

After a bright start, Paraguay took a deserved 21st-minute lead through Romero's penalty.

Miguel Almiron's strong run at the Argentina defence saw the attacker brought down by Lucas Martinez, and Romero stepped up to place the spot-kick into the bottom corner.

Argentina started to enjoy more possession but struggled to create much of note before Gonzalez equalised prior to half-time thanks to his first international goal.

Gonzalez met a good corner from Giovani Lo Celso, who replaced the injured Exequiel Palacios during the first half, to head in at the near post and make it 1-1.

The equaliser gave Argentina a boost and Rodrigo De Paul's long-range drive forced a save from Paraguay goalkeeper Antony Silva on the stroke of half-time.

Lautaro Martinez and Paraguay defender Gustavo Gomez squandered good chances shortly after half-time before Argentina thought they had the lead.

After a cutback from Lo Celso, Messi beat Silva despite a strong hand from the Paraguay goalkeeper, but the goal was ruled out for a foul in the build-up after a VAR check.

Messi went close in the 72nd minute, Silva tipping his free-kick onto the crossbar after Lo Celso was fouled as Argentina continued to push, but they were unable to find a winner.

 

What does it mean? Argentina extend unbeaten run

Now unbeaten in three World Cup 2022 qualifiers, Argentina also stretched their overall run to 10. They made a slow start in Buenos Aires but were dominant after falling behind and deserved all three points. Argentina were denied a third straight win to begin a qualifying campaign, something they have managed just three times before.

Lo Celso provides spark

Palacios' injury was unfortunate for Argentina, but Lo Celso's introduction just before the half-hour mark boosted Scaloni's side. The Tottenham attacker assisted Gonzalez's equaliser and set up Messi's disallowed goal, while he was a constant threat.

Paraguay continue to trouble Argentina

Since being belted 6-1 by Argentina at the Copa America in 2015, Paraguay have gone four games unbeaten in meetings between the countries. In World Cup qualifying, Paraguay have won three and lost just two of their past eight clashes with Argentina.

What's next?

Argentina make the trip to Lima to face Peru on Tuesday, while Paraguay host Bolivia on the same day.

Argentina must beware the wounded animal when they start their Tri Nations campaign against New Zealand on Saturday.

The All Blacks were beaten 24-22 by Australia at Suncorp Stadium in the final Bledisloe Cup encounter last weekend.

Ian Foster's side had already retained the famous trophy and made eight changes in Brisbane, but his rotation backfired as the Wallabies got up and running in the Tri Nations.

Foster has named a near full-strength side for the round three clash at Bankwest Stadium, where the Pumas will play their first Test since the Rugby World Cup last October.

We use Opta data to preview the contest in Sydney.

- New Zealand are undefeated in their 29 Tests against Argentina (W28, D1). That is the second-most games of any tier one nation against another to have never lost and the fourth-most of any rugby-playing nations overall.

- The All Blacks have won their last seven Tests in Australia against teams other than the Wallabies by an average margin of 45 points per game.

- New Zealand will be out to avoid back-to-back Test defeats for the first time since August 2011.

- Argentina have won two of their last three Tests (L1) and will be hunting for back-to-back Test wins for the first time since June 2016 after a 47-17 win over the USA in their last match.

- New Zealand have beaten 35+ defenders in four of their last five Tests against Argentina after having managed to do so only once in their 11 meetings prior.

- No player won more lineouts in the 2019 edition of The Rugby Championship than Argentina's Guido Petti (13, including two steals).

- Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez has scored two tries and provided as many assists in his last five Tests against New Zealand, scoring 50 points in those matches.

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata head coach Diego Maradona was discharged from hospital on Wednesday following brain surgery.

Maradona has been recovering in hospital since undergoing a "routine" operation for a subdural haematoma last week, a day after being admitted due to concerns over anaemia and dehydration.

However, the Argentina and Napoli great left Olivos Clinic in Buenos Aires province midweek, with TV footage showing the 60-year-old exiting the clinic in an ambulance.

"It could have taken his life," Maradona's lawyer Matias Morla said. "What he misses now is the union of his family, being surrounded by health professionals.

"The situation here is clear – being at peace with the relatives.

"They have to respect each other, coordinate the visits among themselves because in this case Diego has to recover. One has to give him peace and give him unity."

Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and guided Napoli to two Serie A titles, has been in charge of Superliga Argentina club Gimnasia since 2019.

He appeared in a fragile state when he briefly made an appearance as his Gimnasia side played a match on the evening of his birthday last month.

Joe Moody has returned for a much-changed All Blacks ahead of their Tri Nations clash against Argentina on Saturday.

Moody missed New Zealand's previous two Tests, including last week's 24-22 loss to Australia, due to a head injury.

Beauden Barrett has returned to full-back from number 10, while Jordie Barrett has switched to the right wing.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said his team were eager to bounce back from their loss to the Wallabies.

"We were bitterly disappointed with the loss against Australia on the weekend, but we've taken a lot of lessons from that game," he said.

"Specifically, we need to be smarter in seeing space and executing our plan around that. We also want to continue growing our work at the breakdown, both on attack and in defence, as I feel we are making great progress here.

"We're now into the next phase of the tournament playing against Argentina and it will be exciting playing a new opposition.

"The Argentinians are well coached by Mario Ledesma and we have a lot of respect for them. You only need to go back to Buenos Aires last year, when we had a real arm wrestle with them, to know how tough they can be.

"They've been in Australia for a number of weeks, they are well-prepared and this is their first Test of 2020 so it'll be a massive occasion for them and their country so we have to be ready."

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala, Tupou Vaa'I, Hoskins Sotutu, Brad Weber, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie.

Lionel Messi has been declared fit for Argentina's 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru by Lionel Scaloni.

It had been reported that Messi was a doubt for Thursday's meeting with Paraguay at La Bombonera after reporting for duty with an ankle issue.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner started Barcelona's 5-2 victory over Real Betis on Saturday among the substitutes but came on at half-time and scored twice.

Barca assistant coach Alfred Schreuder said the decision was made because Messi was "not fresh", but Scaloni put any lingering concerns over his fitness to bed.

"Leo trained with us normally. He has been experiencing discomfort in his ankle but it does not prevent him from playing, so for us he is fit and available," Scaloni told a news conference on Wednesday.

"We'll see if anything changes tomorrow, but in principle he's ready to play.

"The truth is that we have had quite a few problems. We still do not have every player. [Lucas] Martinez Quarta just arrived and we will see if he can train with the group this afternoon, and the rest of those who trained differently for various reasons, we hope today to see how they are so we can define the team for tomorrow.

"Without a doubt, it was a very unusual selection – the most difficult we have had. It's typical of what we are experiencing with the number of games being played and the rush there is. We hope to have them all."

Angel Di Maria returned to the Argentina set-up for the first time since last year's Copa America and Scaloni explained the reason for the absence of the Paris Saint-Germain attacker for the opening round of qualifiers in October.

"We had Nicolas Gonzalez and [Giovani] Lo Celso, who got injured after being called up. I would have been in favour of calling up Di Maria, but with everything that was happening it did not seem fair and respectful when he would only have arrived for the second game," said Scaloni.

"This time, Nico Gonzalez had very few minutes, Lo Celso had not got a rhythm and we thought we were not going to make the mistake of not bringing him in again.

"My relationship with him is perfect. We are happy to have him and he is training very well."

Diego Maradona is set to be discharged from hospital imminently, according to his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque.

Maradona has been recovering in hospital since undergoing a "routine" operation for a subdural haematoma last week, a day after being admitted due to concerns over anaemia and dehydration.

Luque provided a further update on the 60-year-old Argentina and Napoli great, who is head coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.

"Diego has a very good clinical picture, very favourable in terms of surgery and the withdrawal picture that we had talked about," Luque told reporters on Tuesday.

"A discharge is being considered, he really wants to leave and, although he had already expressed this desire, this is another context and another clinical picture. A patient with great consistency asks us to be discharged and we are ordering the place that will receive him, a comfortable house for his recovery.

"This is generated thanks to the support of the doctors and the hospital, but above all by the support of their environment, family and representatives. The discharge of Diego is imminent, he is not leaving today but it will be soon."

Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and guided Napoli to two Serie A titles, has been in charge of Superliga Argentina club Gimnasia since 2019.

He appeared in a fragile state when he briefly made an appearance as his Gimnasia side played a match on the evening of his birthday last month.

"Regarding his family reunion, I want to highlight everyone's interest, seeking the same goal, Diego's improvement," Luque added.

Argentina and Napoli great Diego Maradona is continuing to make an "incredible recovery" from brain surgery, according to his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque.

The 60-year-old underwent a "routine" operation for a subdural haematoma last Tuesday, a day after being admitted to hospital due to concerns over anaemia and dehydration.

Luque previously revealed Maradona will remain in hospital until at least Monday and has now provided a further update on the legendary forward's condition.

"Diego is better, much better," he said outside Olivos Clinic in Buenos Aires province, where Maradona is staying.

"Every day he is improving. His recovery is incredible. He's very lucid."

Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and guided Napoli to two Serie A titles, has been in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata since 2019.

The club were in action on Sunday for the first time since their head coach was hospitalised, drawing 2-2 with Velez Sarsfield in Argentina’s top tier.

Gimnasia's players held a banner reading "we are with you" ahead of the game, and assistant boss Sebastian Mendez hopes his side did Maradona proud with their display.

"It has been a complicated week," he said. "Diego is still hospitalised and we are all aware of that.

"We have built a very strong group and we are a family. When one falls, another picks him up. There is always a word of encouragement and that makes the group healthy.

"It also results in a team that is hard to beat on the pitch. It was a difficult week and we managed to play well.

"The latest news I have from Diego is that he is very well, luckily, and thank God because it is what we all hope. He is in a good mood and passes these days in the best possible way."

Matias Garcia, who scored from the penalty spot against Velez, told Fox Sports: "We send him a big hug and hope he soon recovers. We are waiting for him."

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has been ruled out of Argentina's squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The 26-year-old was brought on as a substitute for the final 14 minutes of Juve's 1-1 draw with Lazio on Sunday but is deemed unfit to team up with his national side.

He missed Argentina's opening two qualifiers in October - victories over Ecuador and Bolivia - and will now play no part against Paraguay and Peru over the next fortnight.

Argentina confirmed in a statement on Sunday that Dybala is "presenting general genitourinary symptoms which require rest and evaluations".

Dybala has made six appearances for Juventus in all competitions this season and scored his only goal in last week's 4-1 Champions League win over Ferencvaros.

Ajax defender Lisandro Lopez has been added to Lionel Scaloni's 25-man squad, which also includes the likes of Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria.

Diego Maradona will remain in hospital until at least Monday according to personal doctor Leopoldo Luque, who discussed the Argentina and Napoli great's abstinence.

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata head coach Maradona, 60, underwent a "routine" operation for a subdural haematoma on Tuesday, a day after being admitted to hospital due to concerns over anemia and dehydration.

Luqu previously revealed the emergency procedure was successful and he provided a further update on Maradona's condition on Friday.

"Diego is having a good post-operative period, the neurological evolution is very good," Luque told reporters outside Olivos Clinic in Buenos Aires province.

"We gave him intravenous sedation drugs and he responded very well. Now it was decided to lower that sedation and we noticed a very good neurological response.

"The next step is to see if Diego remains stable with these drugs in oral form. He is awake but continues with that initial intravenous sedation that takes a little time for the body to eliminate."

"The idea is that he stays until this process is finished," he added. "It varies with the patient, each patient is particular in that sense.

"One estimates that until Monday for sure, seeing the evolution of it. We do not wear a specific day."

Maradona's former personal doctor Alfredo Cahe also addressed the health of the 1986 World Cup winner.

In an interview with TyC Sports, Cahe said Maradona had been sedated by doctors to help him cope with withdrawal symptoms from alcohol dependency.

"Diego is unmanageable," Cahe said. "He's like when I took him to Cuba. He has to stay away from alcohol.

"It is difficult because he changed drugs for alcohol, and he deteriorates more and more. We have to take the bull by the horns and stand firm.

"Diego needs permanent assistance and he has to be convinced to pursue treatment. Diego is not aware of what happened to him and must cleanse his body immediately. Alcohol is also a very strong drug.

"His future is unknown. I can only say that he has to be close to his daughters. Diego stopped taking [drugs] years ago. His addition is alcohol and anxiolytics. Today, he has to understand that Luque saved his life. He can't just leave the clinic like that."

"All this is always a joint decision with the therapy people, who are the ones who really carry this treatment; the one that I did with my team of neurosurgeons was the evacuation of the subdural hematoma and that is very good," Luque said following Cahe's comments.

"Dr. Cahe was not consulted about anything. He came, he is a historical doctor, and among colleagues you have to be cordial. He called me."

"The abstinence is mainly due to consumption that he had throughout his life, we do not define it punctually with a certain substance or drink, we see a reaction of sweating, anger in a moment, and we classify it as that," Luque continued.

"It is a syndrome, a set of signs and symptoms, we treated it, we did not let it go. Diego did not agree very much and we insisted, now we see him very well."

Diego Maradona is recovering well from brain surgery and already feels in a position to be discharged from hospital, according to his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque.

The Argentina great underwent an operation for a subdural haematoma on Tuesday, a day after being admitted to hospital due to concerns over anemia and dehydration.

Luque has previously revealed the "routine" emergency procedure was successful and he has now provided a further update on the 60-year-old's condition.

"The recovery continues to go very well," he said outside the Olivos Clinic in Buenos Aires, where Maradona is staying. 

"He is very keen to leave. He feels like he is ready to be discharged. He can walk, he is speaking to me, he is much more lucid."

Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and guided Napoli to two Serie A titles, has been in charge of Superliga Argentina club Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata since 2019.

He appeared in a fragile state when he briefly made an appearance as his Gimnasia side played a match on his birthday last Friday.

Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi offered his best wishes to Maradona in a social media message on Wednesday, posting: "Diego, all the strength in the world. 

"My family and I want to see you well as soon as possible. A hug from the heart!"

Lionel Messi has sent "all the strength in the world" and a "hug from the heart" to Diego Maradona after the Argentina legend underwent brain surgery.

Maradona, who turned 60 last week, had what his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque described as a "routine" operation for a subdural haematoma on Tuesday.

Luque said the former Argentina captain, one of the all-time greats, is "under control" and had made a "great" start to his recovery.

Argentina and Barcelona skipper Messi offered his best wishes to Maradona in a social media post on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old forward posted on Instagram: "Diego, all the strength in the world. My family and I want to see you well as soon as possible. A hug from the heart!"

Maradona also played for Barcelona in his distinguished career, having a two-year spell at Camp Nou from 1982 to 1984.

He went to the Ipensa clinic in La Plata on Monday before being transferred to the Olivos clinic in Buenos Aires province.

The former Napoli talisman's lawyer revealed he only had tests that led to surgery after being admitted to hospital with depression.

"The last medical checks were excellent," lawyer Matias Morla said after visiting Maradona in hospital, according to Ole.

"Diego was very anxious [before the surgery] about what was going to happen and very satisfied with the work of Dr Luque, which was an impeccable operation.

"I want to highlight something very important: the same test that was carried out on Diego yesterday, which detected this bleeding, was also carried out in September, which shows the tireless work of Dr Luque on Diego.

"If it had not been detected by him, Maradona's fate would have been different. I want to make it very clear, mainly because of the criticism. Luque tested him in September.

"Diego had presented a picture of depression. That's why I'm with Carlos Diaz, who was the one who treated Diego before and who noticed a mental issue.

"In principle, [Diaz] linked it to the issue of his birthday, to a depression caused by the pandemic and the different circumstances around it. Later, upon seeing that this picture had developed, at the request of Luque and Diaz, he was hospitalised and that's where the test was made that resulted in the operation.

"I don't know the causes of the haematoma and I'm not a doctor. What I do know is he had strange behaviour, he was very depressed, he made comments referring to relatives who died, that he missed them. He always, on every birthday, suffers from a kind of nostalgia.

"He really misses his mother – this is always the same on the subject of birthdays – but this year it increased, so I'm here with the psychologist who intervened."

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