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Lionel Messi fits in final training session with Argentina ahead of decisive 2019 Copa America match - in pictures

Argentina are bottom of Group B, needing to beat Qatar by a big margin to have any chance of reaching the quarter-finals

Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates face a date with destiny in Brazil, knowing anything less than a comprehensive victory over Qatar could see them suffer an embarrassing group phase exit from the 2019 Copa America.

Argentina suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Colombia in their first Group B match and were then held to a 1-1 draw by Paraguay in their second, with Messi failing to shine in both.

He was by no means alone in that regard; a squad boasting the likes of Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria have all failed to shine at the Copa America so far.

A victory over tournament guests Qatar coupled with a defeat for Paraguay against already-qualified Colombia would see Argentina through automatically to the last eight.

If Paraguay get a result against Colombia, Argentina's only hope of reaching the knockout round will be as one of the two best third-placed teams, making a decisive victory over the Asian champions imperative.

For the best pictures from that training session, browse the photo gallery above. To move on to the next image, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device simply swipe.

Updated: June 23, 2019 10:35 AM

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