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Argentina players lineup for a photo ahead of their pre-Olympic friendly against Mexico, July 29, 2016Reuters

Portugal v Argentina usually would have meant Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi, in what would have been one of the biggest matches in world football. However, this Portugal v Argentina match will not have the two superstars lining up, as the two teams get their U-23 men's football campaigns at the Rio Olympics 2016 underway on Thursday.

Argentina endured more pain in a major final at the end of June, when Chile beat them on penalties in the Copa America Centenario. That led to Messi announcing his retirement from international football and the coach Gerardo Martino stepping down, with new manager Edgardo Bauza being appointed.

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Julio Olarticoechea will be the manager for the U-23 team, and owing to club resistance and a general lack of interest, this Argentina side are not as power-packed as it could have been.

Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa will lead the attacking line for Argentina, along with Jonathan Calleri, while Geronimo Rulli, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, will want to make an impression ahead of the potential transfer to the English Premier League and Pep Guardiola's side.

The Portugal side also have a few familiar faces, including Joel Pereira of Manchester United and Liverpool centre-back Tiago Illori. Neither team have the obvious big names of a Brazil, who have named Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Barbosa in their squads, but knowing the talent that comes from these two sides and the fact that the other two countries in Group D are Algeria and Honduras, both Portugal and Argentina will, at least, be expected to reach the next round of the men's competition of the Rio Olympics.

Squads: Portugal: Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela (Real Vallodolid), Joel Pereira (Manchester United).

Defenders: Edgar Ie (Villarreal), Paulo Henrique (Pacos Ferreira), Pite (Pacos Ferreira), Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting), Tiago Ilori (Liverpool), Tobias Figueiredo (Sporting).

Midfielders: Andre (Sporting), Bruno Fernandes (Udinese), Chico Ramos (Porto), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), Tiago Silva (Feirense), Tomas (Porto).

Forwards: Mane (Sporting), Paciencia (Academica De Coimbra), Salvador (Nacional Madeira), Sturgeon (Belenenses).

Argentina: Goalkeepers: Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad), Axel Werner (Atletico Rafaela).

Defenders: Victor Cuesta (Independiente), Lautaro Giannetti (Velez Sarsfield), Jose Luis Gomez (Lanus), Lisandro Magallan (Boca Juniors), Alexis Soto (Banfield), Leandro Vega (River Plate).

Midfielders: Joaquin Arzura (River Plate), Santiago Ascacibar (Estudiantes La Plata), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Giovanni Lo Celso (Rosario Central), Mauricio Martinez (Rosario Central), Lucas Romero (Cruzeiro).

Forwards: Jonathan Calleri (Sao Paulo), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Cristian Espinoza (Huracan), Giovanni Simeone (Banfield).

Where to Watch Live

Portugal vs Argentina is scheduled for a 6 p.m. local time (10 p.m. BST, 2.30 a.m. IST) start. Live Streaming and TV information is below.

India: No Live TV coverage. Live Streaming: Hotstar.

Brazil: TV: SporTV, Fox Sports and ESPN. Live Streaming: ESPN Play Latin America.

Argentina: TV: ESPN and TyC Sports. Live Streaming: ESPN Play Latin America.

Portugal: TV: RTP1 and Sport TV.

UK: TV: BBC Red Button.

USA: TV: NBCSN. Live Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC Olympics.

Middle East and North Africa: TV: Bein Sports Arabia. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.

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