Messi’s Argentina drew with Brazil without Neymar

Argentina and Brazil face off in their 13th round of the South American World Cup qualifiers. Argentina, one of the best teams in South America, welcomed arch-rivals Brazil in the northwestern city of San Juan at 5:30 am Bangladesh time on Wednesday.

Argentina tried to take control of the match from the beginning at home. Lionel Messi was in the lead in the first ten minutes. However, in the first half, Brazil, who were lagging behind in possession of the ball, adjusted themselves. Both the teams could not take advantage of the opportunity. As a result, the first half of the Superclassico ended goalless.

Argentina entered the field with two changes at the beginning of the second half. Scaloni replaced Lautaro Martinez with Joaquin Correa. Lisandro Martinez replaces Leandro Peredes. Both teams became desperate for goals. In the 80th minute, Brazil lost the goal due to bad luck. Midfielder Fred’s shot from outside the D-box was blocked at the crossbar. Messi got a good chance in the last minute of the allotted time. However, the record-breaking best footballer of the year took a low shot from the mouth of the D-box along with the goalkeeper. But goalkeeper Alison brilliantly blocked it. The match ended goalless with the referee’s whistle. After this result, the two arch-rivals had to be satisfied by sharing the points.

Brazil has confirmed that Qatar will play in the World Cup before the match. For them, this match was just a formality. On the other hand, if Argentina had won this match, they would have been assured of the World Cup in Qatar. But due to the draw, their waiting time increased even more. Brazil is at the top of the points table of the South American World Cup qualifiers with 35 points from 13 matches. Argentina is in the second place with 29 points from the equal match.


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