BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Argentina's national soccer team, including star player Lionel Messi, has been trained Thursday for Friday's South American qualifying match against Paraguay for Brazil 2014.
The match will be played at Mario Alberto Kempes stadium in Cordoba, 700km northwest of Buenos Aires, at 2010 local time (2310 GMT). The referee will be Brazilian Wilson Senem.
Argentina, led by Alejandro Sabella, will include in the attack line Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona, Spain), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid CF, Spain) and Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain FC, France).
They are currently in the third position of the South American qualifications with 10 points from three victories, one draw and one defeat, just two points behind leaders Chile and one point of Uruguay.
Paraguay's coach, Uruguayan Gerardo Pelusso, will debut in the match against Argentina. Paraguay has four points, as a result of one win, one draw and three losses.
Argentina won the last two friendly matches 4-3 over Brazil in New Jersey, United States, and 3-1 over Germany in Frankfurt.
This will be the first qualifying match to be played in Cordoba by the Argentinean team, which defeated Ecuador 4-0 in the fifth match-day in Buenos Aires. Argentina rested during the sixth match-day.
In its last qualification match, Paraguay lost 3-1 to Bolivia in La Paz, which caused the dismissal of coach Francisco Arce.
Paraguay will play in the forward line with Jonathan Fabbro (Cerro Porteno, Paraguay) and Nelson Haedo Valdez (Valencia CF, Spain).