Brazil will play Argentina in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier match at the famous Maracana Stadium on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. (Bangladesh Time). It is one of the most-anticipated games in football history between two of the greatest enemies in the game.
Both teams have lost recently, but their current places on the table show that they are in very different states.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina are in first place with four wins and a loss. Brazil, on the other hand, have had a rough run, winning just two games and losing all five.
It had been four straight wins for Argentina before they lost to Uruguay 2-0 in their last game. In the other game, Luis Diaz scored two goals to help Colombia beat Brazil 2-1.
Brazil’s team is in danger of losing players because they lost Vinicius Jr. in the game against Colombia. Neymar and Richarlison, two forwards, were already ruled out, and Fernando Diniz, the acting coach, would love to have Gabriel Jesus, Rodrygo, and Gabriel Martinelli back up front at full strength. For the Albiceleste, Lisandro Martinez, the centre back, is the only major absence.
A win against their foes in their last game of the year would be the best way for fifth-placed Brazil to get back on track after a rough stretch. Out of a 10-team table, the top six teams will automatically make it to the big event in 2026 from South America.
Right now, it would be very hard to beat Messi and his team because Argentina has won two and drawn one of their last three internationals against Brazil. One of those wins was a famous 1-0 win in the final of the Copa America in July 2021. When they met for the last time in Brazil two years ago, Covid health officials stopped it quickly.
Both teams have won more games than the other, but Brazil has 46 wins to Argentina’s 41. Twenty-six of the matches finished in a tie.
Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or eight times, was praised by Endrick, a forward for Brazil who didn’t think he would start against Argentina. The Palmeiras striker, who is 17 years old and will be going to Real Madrid next summer, loved the chance to meet Messi up close.
“Messi is phenomenal, he is the best in the world today and to be able to play against him, to see him up close, will be a wonderful experience,” he said at a news event.
“What matters to me is that the team wins and, if I get to play, I want to help,” he stated.