Bravo relishing clash with Messi

The duo will go head-to-head when Chile hosts Argentina in its World Cup qualifier in Santiago on Thursday. Bravo and Co. came out on top against Messi that day via a penalty shoot-out as Chile reigned supreme in South America, and the national team captain is relishing another opportunity to face the Argentine skipper.

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Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and Argentina captain Lionel Messi.

Claudio Bravo is excited about the opportunity to go head-to-head with Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi when Chile hosts Argentina in its World Cup qualifier.

Santiago is the location for Thursday's CONMEBOL qualifying fixture, a repeat of last year's Copa America final.

Bravo and Co. came out on top against Messi that day via a penalty shoot-out as Chile reigned supreme in South America, and the national team captain is relishing another opportunity to face the Argentine skipper.

"I've never looked at Messi badly. It gives me satisfaction to play against him because it's gratifying to have this class of encounter," said Bravo.

"Leo is in a good moment. The people can be scared of Messi or [Angel] Di Maria, but we don't care who comes."

Chile is fifth in the South American section of World Cup qualifying, with seven points from four matches, two points clear of Argentina.