The qualifiers for the World Cup are not much better than Brazil vs. Argentina. The two South American heavyweights, currently No. 1 and No. 2 in the qualifying rankings, will meet for the first time during the qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and this first meeting will take place in Sao Paulo on Sunday. .
The showdown comes less than two months since Argentina beat Brazil at Maracana for the 2021 Copa América title. It was a tense battle that ended 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ángel Di María that gave the Argentine captain 34 years, Lionel Messi, his first trophy with Argentina.
Brazil and Neymar, Messi’s teammates at Paris Saint-Germain, will seek revenge for that defeat and maintain their perfect record at the top of the CONMEBOL standings (7-0-0, 21 points). The only problem is that Brazil will play without a large number of players who have been prevented by their clubs from traveling in England and Russia.
Argentina doesn’t face those same problems, given that its four England-based players traveled anyway. However, reports in Brazil indicated that the country’s health authorities were at one point seeking to prevent them from gambling by failing to observe the required quarantine for UK travelers. CONMEBOL and FIFA officials reportedly had to intervene to help solve the problem.
Sporting News is following the event live and will provide updates and commentary throughout the match.
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Brazil vs. Argentina highlights and updates
(All the time ET)
3:34 pm: According to the official account of the Argentine team, the match has been suspended:
3:32 pm: Outside of the obvious, the bigger question at this point is why the players were allowed out onto the field to begin with. Officials had enough time to resolve the situation:
Argentina has been in Brazil for 3 days and the Brazilian health agency decides to storm the pitch and stop the game.
– Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) September 5, 2021
3:31 pm: Of course, that bib that Messi is wearing is a bib with a photo:
The best player of our generation, wearing a photographers’ bib, negotiating with the health authorities to get this game back on track
What a scene pic.twitter.com/YFccW7wDHZ
– Alexandre Gangué-Ruzic (@AlexGangueRuzic) September 5, 2021
3:24 pm: This reporter claims that Argentina’s ambassadors in Brazil are intervening to help resolve the situation:
3:23 pm: The cameras are capturing Messi talking to Dani Alves and Messi is already on a number. He took off his shirt. And now he’s on the pitch talking to Neymar and the Brazilian coach Tite:
3:21 pm: The Brazilian players have not yet left the field. Health officials are not seen in the field and it seems that the conversation has moved towards the lockers.
3:19 pm: Brazil’s rules require travelers from the UK to self-quarantine. There are reports that all four players lied about traveling from the UK (they traveled from the UK to Venezuela, where Argentina played on Thursday).
3:18 pm: How will this be resolved? Argentine media claim that the team will not play unless all players are allowed to play.
3:15 pm: The players in question are Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa), Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa), Cristian Romero (Tottenham) and Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham). Three of the four players are in today’s starting lineup.
10 minutes .: And now Argentina is leaving the field. Crazy scenes.
And the Argentine players left the field and headed to the locker room after the Anvisa representatives entered the game field. pic.twitter.com/DhsOGMpDO7
– TNT Sports Brasil (@TNTSportsBR) September 5, 2021
8 min.: There are many discussions on the sidelines and Lionel Messi is now involved.
6th minute: And the cameras turn to the sidelines where Brazilian officials appear to be intervening. There were reports that health officials were seeking to force the four England-based Argentine players to leave the match after they failed to abide by quarantine rules. The problem was said to be solved, but apparently not.
4th minute: And now it is the Argentine Cristian Romero with a hard tackle to Eder Militao that makes the player fly. And Neymar is not happy. The sparks are already flying.
1st min .: We are leaving and we already have a player who is talking to the referee in the first minute!
15 seconds and Gerson sends a foul to Lo Celso. Welcome to Brazil-Argentina 🔥
– Roberto Rojas (@ RobertoRojas97) September 5, 2021
2:58 pm: Hymns time:
2:57 pm: This rivalry is too friendly when it comes to the two biggest stars:
2:57 pm: There have been eight games in a row in which Brazil has not conceded a goal at home during the qualifying phase:
8 – Brazil are eight games without conceding at home in the Playoffs. It is the largest sequence of consecutive undefeated hurdles at home by a team in the history of the tournament, alongside Peru (6V 2E between 1969 and 1985). Impenetrable. pic.twitter.com/zt6RPR1h18
– OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) September 5, 2021
2:43 pm: Messi is already feeling it during warm-ups:
How to watch: Brazil vs. Argentina
- Date: Sunday September 5
- Weather: 3 pm ET
- Stream: fuboTV
The match will be available exclusively on fuboTV.
The qualifier will take place at Arena Corinthians, also known as Neo Química Arena, in Sao Paulo. After the match was originally approved for 12,000 fans (25 percent capacity), the short lead time to sell tickets and verify testing forced organizers to cancel ticket sales and limit attendance to just 1,500 guests.
MORE: CONMEBOL calendar and positions
Brazil vs. Argentina: starting lineups
Central Brazil headline Trademarks will be out due to suspension after taking his second yellow card against Chile. His replacement in the center will be Benfica Lucas Verissimo, who will make his debut.
Tite is also choosing to incorporate Everton Ribeiro instead of Vinicius Jr., whose speed could become a solid attacking option from the bench. Gerson, who replaced Bruno Guimaraes against Chile, starts together housemiro in the central midfield.
Brazil starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 12-Weverton-GK – 6-Alex Sandro, 22-Lucas Verissimo, 3-Eder Militao, 2-Danilo – 18-Gerson, 5-Casemiro – 17-Lucas Paqueta, 10-Neymar, 11-Everton Ribeiro – 9-Gabriel Barbosa
Subcontractors from Brazil (12): 23-Everson-GK, 1-Santos-GK, 13-Dani Alves, 16-Guilherme Arana, 14-Miranda, 4-Leo Ortiz, 15-Edenilson, 8-Bruno Guimaraes, 21-Artur, 19-Matheus Cunha, 20 -Hulk, 7-Vinicius Jr
Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni gets Cristian “Cuti” Romero and Leandro Paredes rear of the suspension, and both are positioned in the initial alignment. He is also giving Gonzalo montiel the start over again Nahuel Molina.
Argentina starting eleven (4-3-3, from left to right): 23-Emiliano Martinez – 8-Marcos Acuna, 13-Cristian Romero, 19-Nicolas Otamendi, 4-Gonzalo Montiel – 7-Rodrigo De Paul, 5-Leandro Paredes, 20-Giovani Lo Celso – 10-Lionel Messi, 22-Lautaro Martínez, 11-Angel Di Maria
Argentina substitutes (12): 12-Juan Musso-GK, 1-Geronimo Rulli-GK, 2-Juan Foyth, 3-Nicolas Tagliafico, 6-German Pezzella, 18-Guido Rodriguez, 14-Exequiel Palacios, 21-Paulo Dybala, 9-Angel Correa, 16 -Joaquin Correa, 15-Nicolas Gonzalez, 17-Alejandro “Papu” Gomez
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.