Di Maria, meanwhile, looks like he will be sacrificed for Cristian Pavon, who impressed Sampaoli in just 20 minutes as a substitute against Iceland.
Fernando Hierro, the man who never expected to be standing there on the touchline, said: “When there’s someone like Ronaldo out there, these things can happen.”
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