Result Argentina vs. Brazil: Lionel Messi on his way to 2022 Qatar World Cup after draw

Lionel Messi will attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A 0-0 draw was enough for his Argentine side to mathematically book a ticket to the tournament after a heated World Cup qualifier rivalry against Brazil in San Juan.

Messi, who started the game and played the full 90 minutes, almost scored in the last minute of the game, but his shot on goal went straight into the hands of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson. It would have provided a magical end to the evening for the hosts.

Brazil, who previously secured their World Cup spot on Nov. 11, created more attacking opportunities and could have taken a famous win, but solid goalkeeping from Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez and other questionable finishing touches kept them off the board.

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The match was the usual physical, feisty affair between the two heavyweights and Brazilian fans would probably have liked a red card to Argentine Nicolas Otamendi, who viciously elbowed Leeds United winger Raphinha. The umpires looked the other way, although this was controlled by VAR.

Brazil and Argentina remain top of the South American qualifying standings. Both teams remain unbeaten in qualifying and the Argentines extended their all-match unbeaten run to 27 games, counting.

Final Score Argentina vs. Brazil

1H 2H Last
Argentina 0 0 0
Brazil 0 0 0

MORE: World Cup Qualifying Standings and Results


(All times East)

Final: Argentina 0, Brazil 0

90th min.: Lionel Messi had the winner at his feet! But he fires it right at Alisson, and it’s an easy save. That was it.

86th minute: SUB – Last for Argentina: Dominguez for Giovani Lo Celso in midfield.

79th min.: SUB – Brazil overtakes Gerson Santos for Lucas Paqueta in midfield. Meanwhile, Argentina continues to search for free kicks near Brazil’s penalty area. The home team is almost resigned to the fact that a restart of the game will be the only way through this Brazilian team.

76th minute: Marcos Acuna gets a yellow card for trying to play Antony. He tried.

74th min.: SUB – Before Argentina can take a free kick, Julian Alvarez comes in for Angel Di Maria. Nothing comes of the free kick (beautiful ball from Messi, but no teammates reacted).

72nd min.: What an opportunity for Brazil! The ball goes to Vinicius Jr. on the left side of the penalty area, he dances to it and fires a shot that stops Dibu Martinez. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has been invisible.

69th minute: SUB – Antony replaces Raphinha and he will take over the role of right winger.

65th minute: What a play by Vinicius Jr. This is the microcosm of what was a dream season for him.

61st min.: Fred hits the bar! The ball falls outside the penalty area on the Brazilian midfielder and he lofts a shot that kisses the crossbar. Brazil still the most likely to score.

53rd min.: The submarine, the German Pezzella, just rams Vinicius Jr. to stop his run and he gets a yellow warning card.

53rd min.: Another dirty game from an Argentine player. This time it is Rodrigo De Paul who kicks Lucas Paqueta’s chance from the ground. No discipline from the ref.

53rd min.: SUB – Romero can’t. German Pezzella stands up for him. That is a big loss for Argentina.

50th min.: Cristian Romero, who is Argentina’s best player to date, goes down with what looks like a hamstring and the Argentina bench is poised to make the change, but Romero waves them off. He stays in the game.

46th minute: SUBS – Two Argentinian subs to start the half. Lisandro Martinez and Joaquin Correa replace Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez. Paredes was shown a yellow card and was just coming back from injury.

Half time: Argentina 0, Brazil 0

Peace: Argentina started strong, but Brazil slowly grabbed hold of the game and played it on its terms, with a handful of the most dangerous chances. Argentina was not sharp and Lautaro is isolated at the top, similar to what happened against Uruguay. More and better was expected from Argentina, but Brazil means business.

48th min.: Lautaro Martinez goes down in the penalty area, but there is no foul. Good no-call from the umpire. Argentina is pushing hard to end the first half.

45th minute: Lucas Paqueta and Leandro Paredes go nose to nose! Both receive a yellow card. There was also a bit of Lyon-PSG bad blood added to that.

41st min.: What a stop at Alisson from Brazil. Argentina finally responds with a shot from Rodrigo De Paul and it was destined for the bottom right corner, but Alisson digs it out.

39th minute: Another shot from Fred and it’s right on Dibu Martinez. It’s all Brazil. Argentina has to wait and if it wins the ball, the visitors are dangerous.

34th min.: What a play by Raphinha! He easily beats Acuna on the right and then Otamendi knocks out Raphinha with an elbow and has his mouth bloodied. That should have been a red card against Otamendi any day of the week. It seems that the officials looked at it, but there was no red card.

27th minute: Raphinha shoots another shot over the Argentine crossbar. And Brazil has slowly taken on its appearance.

19th minute: Matheus Cunha almost scored a golazo! He nearly broke Argentina goalkeeper Dibu Martinez from midfield. Martinez saw the ball go just over the goal. That would have been an epic conclusion.

18th minute: What an opportunity for Vinicius Jr. one-on-one with the keeper, but he doesn’t get it on goal. This is the danger Brazil in transition can create.

5th minute: No surprise that Argentina is pushing the numbers forward at the beginning, but Brazil is defending comfortably for now.

1st minute: The game is underway from San Juan.

6:30 pm: The Argentine players want Kun Aguero to know that they are thinking of him:

6:27 PM: folk songs. Brazil first. The fans of the Bicentenario are ready. The Argentine national anthem played on the piano.

5:32 p.m.: Argentine fans in San Juan remind Brazil of what happened this summer:

Argentina vs. Brazil lineups

Now that coach Lionel Scaloni has confirmed Messi will play, the only real question was whether Messi’s PSG team-mate Leandro Paredes would also return from injury. He will start instead of the middle of Guido Rodriguez. Aside from Messi and Paredes, the rest of the lineup is the same as Friday’s win in Uruguay.

Sevilla midfielder Papu Gomez is out after suffering a knee injury during his cameo appearance against Uruguay. Also not in the selection is Paulo Dybala, who was beaten during that game in Uruguay and came out during halftime.

Argentine grid (4-3-3, left to right): 23-Emiliano Martinez-GK – 8-Marcos Acuna, 19-Nicolas Otamendi, 13-Cristian Romero, 21-Nahuel Molina – 20-Giovani Lo Celso, 5-Leandro Paredes, 7-Rodrigo De Paul – 10-Lionel Messi (capt .), 22-Lautaro Martinez, 11-Angel Di Maria

Argentina subtitles (12): 1-Franco Armani-GK, 12-Juan Musso-GK, 4-Gonzalo Montiel, 3-Nicolas Tagliafico, 6-German Pezzella, 2-Lisandro Martinez, 18-Guido Rodriguez, 17-Nicolas Dominguez, 14-Exequiel Palacios, 15 -Julian Alvarez, 16-Joaquin Correa, 9-Angel Correa

Vinicius Jr. replaces the injured Neymar in the lineup. Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has been banned and Liverpool’s Fabinho takes his place.

Brazil starting position (4-2-3-1, from left to right): Alisson-GK — Alex Sandro, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Danilo — Fred, Fabinho — Vinicius Junior, Lucas Paqueta, Raphinha — Matheus Cunha

Subs Brazil (10): Ederson-GK, Gabriel Chapeco-GK, Thiago Silva, Emerson Royal, Gabriel, Renan Lodi, Edenilson, Philippe Coutinho, Antony, Gabriel Jesus

How Argentina vs. Brazil to watch in the US

  • Date: tuesday 16 november
  • Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • TV:
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  • Stream: fuboTV

The World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil from the Estadio Bicentenario of San Juan is available exclusively on fuboTV, the only broadcaster of live matches from the South American World Cup qualifier.

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In addition to matches involving Argentina and Brazil, every match of the South American qualifier is broadcast by fuboTV, including on-demand replays.

Argentina will host the match at the Estadio del Bicentenario in San Juan, where it has won all six matches it has played there. A crowd of 25,000 people is expected.

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