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Messi searching for 'rhythm' to finish year on high******
SAN JUAN, Argentina, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi said Tuesday he is still working to regain peak physical fitness after overcoming knee and hamstring injuries.。
Messi admitted he was lacking sharpness in Argentina's goalless home draw with Brazil in a World Cup qualifier here on Tuesday, his first full 90 minutes since October 24.。
"I haven't played in a long time. It was a very intense game and I still need to get rhythm," the 34-year-old told reporters after the match.。
Messi played in an uncustomary midfield role as Argentina sought to dictate terms against Brazil. The tactic worked as the hosts controlled almost 60% of possession.。
But Lionel Scaloni's men rarely troubled Brazil goalkeeper Alisson and it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score, with Vinicius Junior, Fred and Matheus Cunha all threatening Emiliano Martinez's goal.。
Messi had just one attempt on target: a late effort from outside the penalty area that was comfortably saved by Alisson.。
"I'm fine, but physically obviously not in the best condition," he said. I've been out for a long time and it's not easy to play a game with such high intensity. But luckily I'm fine and I hope to finish the year well."
On Friday, Messi made a 14-minute cameo appearance off the bench in Argentina's 1-0 win over Uruguay in Montevideo.。
The former Barcelona star said the Albiceleste were not unhappy with the result against five-time World Cup champions Brazil despite having set out to win.。
"We went into the match thinking that we could win," he said. "We tried to play our best football but it wasn't easy. It was a tight match with a lot of friction. We weren't able to win but the important thing is that we didn't lose. We played well and continue to improve." Enditem。
Newell's Old Boys appoint Javier Sanguinetti as manager******
BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Newell's Old Boys have named former Banfield boss Javier Sanguinetti as their head coach for the 2022 season.。
The 50-year-old replaces Adrian Taffarel, who had occupied the role on an interim basis following the October departure of Fernando Gamboa.。
"The new manager arrived at the training center on Monday to familiarize himself with the facilities and begin planning for the upcoming season, which represents a fresh start," read a Newell's statement on Monday.。
Newell's, one of Argentina's most traditional clubs and five-time winners of the country's top football division, have fallen on hard times in recent years.。
The club from the central Argentine city of Rosario ended the 2021 Primera Division season 19th in the 26-team standings with just seven wins from 25 games.。
Sanguinetti has been out of work since parting ways with Banfield on October 21. His managerial career has also included spells in charge of Paraguayan sides Sportivo Luqueno and Sol de America. Enditem。
OPEC chief warns of global oil shortage due to sanctions on Russia******
Gas prices are displayed at a Brooklyn gas station on March 8, 2022, in New York City.
The head of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries warned on Tuesday that the world cannot replace Russia's share of oil exports, calling for energy depoliticization.
"The issue at stake here is the capacity of the world to meet these perceived shortages," OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo told the CERAWeek global energy forum in Houston, US state Texas.
Noting that Russia has been exporting 7 million to 8 million barrels of oil daily, Barkindo said it is "practically impossible" for Russia to keep such an oil export share under financial sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, calling these sanctions "the most severe that we have seen so far on any other country, probably."
"We have not seen shortage of oil as of this morning," he said. "But the perception out there is that with the raft of financial sanctions on Russia ... you probably need magicians to continue to produce and export 7 to 8 million barrels of oil a day."
"We can not politicize energy" even when the line between oil and geopolitics becomes thin, Barkindo stressed, noting that everyone has the right to access reliable, affordable and clean energy, in line with the goal of the United Nations.
Oil prices surged again on Tuesday as the United States announced a ban on energy imports from Russia, the world's second-largest oil exporter behind Saudi Arabia.
Oil prices in the futures markets have risen more than 30 percent since the Ukraine crisis worsened in February, according to a Bloomberg report on Tuesday.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of CERAWeek, one of the largest and most influential global energy forums. The five-day conference concludes on Friday.