It was thoroughly unconvincing and not really deserved, but Argentina's 1-0 win over Chile on Thursday was a result of massive importance. Come the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign it could mark the difference between a place in Russia and watching on TV.
Further, it took place in a context where nothing seemed to be going right for the Argentines, starting with events further north in South America.
Arsenal's players seem to be using the international break to show how much they appreciate their under-pressure manager, Arsene Wenger.
Every day this week, different players have said they want Wenger to sign a new contract, with his existing one up at the end of the season.
From Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny in the France camp, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal in Spain, Alex Iwobi in Nigeria and Granit Xhaka in Switzerland, pro-Wenger quotes have not been hard to find.
There's no mystery in the game choices this week. With the international break upon us, three Saturday games constitute the entire MLS schedule.
New England, Minnesota seek first wins
In the past two weeks, Minnesota United suffered a humbling 6-1 defeat against Atlanta at home and then battled for a 2-2 draw at Colorado. That might mean the league newcomers are happy to be back on the road for a second consecutive week, with New England at Gillette Stadium offering Minnesota's next chance for a...
Reports on Thursday indicated that Barcelona may pay Isco a €20 million bonus to remain at Real Madrid for one more year and then leave for Camp Nou on a free transfer in the summer of 2018 once he is out of contract.
Isco, 24, has frequently been linked to Barca after joining Real in 2013 as he has not nailed down a first-team spot. Indeed, he has come off the bench in nine of his 22 appearances in La Liga this season and has played in just two of eight Champions League games after falling...
The Icelandic League Cup match between Fram and Breidablik had to be abandoned in the latter stages after the pitch was engulfed by an enormous blizzard.
According to the match report filed on the Breidablik club website, the weather in the first half was "reasonable" for Grafarholt (the suburb of Reykjavik in which the game was being played) at this time of year.
However, things soon took a turn for the worse after the restart, with the visitors sharing a video of their substitutes desperately huddling...