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World Cup 2022 power rankings: how the 32 look with two months to go

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It’s three years since Brazil lost to anybody other than Argentina, a forward line of Neymar, Richarlison, Vinícius Júnior and Raphinha potent enough that Gabriel Jesus was left out of the recent friendly wins over Ghana and Tunisia.

One defeat in 29 is an exceptional record; the only doubt is that they haven’t played a European team since losing to Belgium at the last World Cup. JW The retirement of the majority of the fleet of outstanding forwards has cleared the picture for Argentina.

Lionel Scaloni’s side may not be as glitzy as most recent iterations, but this Argentina side are harmonious and coherent and get the best out of Lionel Messi.

They’ve gone 35 unbeaten and beat Italy in the Copa Finalissima in June – but the only other European side they have played since October 2019 is Estonia. JW Luis Enrique announcing his final pre-World Cup squad in a video of him cycling in homage to the Vuelta a España did not quite have the positive effect he might have hoped as La Roja slumped to their first home defeat in almost four years against Switzerland.

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