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World Cup Qualifiers ARG vs BRA: Lionel Messi goes out in a brutal match; Argentina wins over Brazil – Magazine Creations

In a fiery 2026 World Cup qualifier, Argentina emerged victorious, defeating Brazil 1-0. However, the match was overshadowed by the crowd riot that preceded the match and caused a delay in the start of the match.

Tensions escalated between the two South American giants at Rio’s famous Maracana Stadium even before the match started. The Brazilian police had to intervene. They used batons to disperse a group of Argentine fans, creating a volatile atmosphere.

The Argentine players tried to calm the situation. Goalkeeper Emi Martinez even tried to confront a Brazilian police officer carrying a baton.

At one point, Lionel Messi and his teammates briefly left the field. Messi expressed his reluctance to play amid the chaos. “We’re not playing, we’re leaving,” AFP quoted Liu as apparently saying.

The teams finally returned to the field after a delay of about 30 minutes. The tense atmosphere continued. Early clashes led to reservations for both sides.

Neither team was able to produce clear chances in the first half. Repeated errors disrupted the course of the match. Brazilian player Rafinha was booked for a head-on incident. Argentine Rodrigo De Paul also faced difficult challenges.

Brazil struggled to create real chances, as its first shot on target came in the 38th minute. Gabriel Martinelli’s attempt was cleared off the goal line by Argentine Cristian Romero.

The second half saw a more positive approach for Brazil. But Argentina took the lead in the 63rd minute with Nicolas Otamendi’s header from a corner kick by Giovani Lo Celso. Brazil’s problems continued as substitute Joelinton was sent off in the 82nd minute for an off-the-ball incident with De Paul.

Brazil is in trouble

This was Brazil’s third consecutive defeat in World Cup qualifiers, and the first in football history. It also marked their first ever home loss in a World Cup qualifier. Argentina’s victory confirmed the top spot in the South American qualifiers with 15 points from six matches. Brazil now finds itself in sixth place with seven points from six matches.

Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador are ahead of Brazil in the points table at the moment. However, the five-time world champions have plenty of time to recover, as South America’s World Cup qualifiers will continue until September 2025.

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Updated: November 22, 2023, 09:40 AM IST

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