The showdown between South American giants we’ve been waiting for since the Copa America final is here. Lionel Messi and Argentina will host high-flying Brazil in a World Cup qualifier, hoping to officially join Brazil by qualifying to Qatar 2022.
Both teams are undefeated, but Brazil is at the top of South American qualifying with 11 wins in 12 matches, which helped it clinch a World Cup berth in October. Argentina is six points behind, but a victory at home against archrival Brazil — and a combination of other results — could mathematically secure a ticket to Qatar.
Lionel Messi and Argentina are looking to extend their 26-match unbeaten streak across all matches, but Brazil will be looking to inflict revenge for a loss to the Albiceleste in the summer’s Copa America final on Brazilian soil. Either way, a loss in this rivalry will hurt for both teams.
Sporting News will follow the Argentina vs. Brazil. match live and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they are available.
Argentina vs. Brazil live score
(All times Eastern)
45th min.: Lucas Paqueta and Leandro Paredes go nose to nose! Both get a yellow card. A little Lyon-PSG bad blood mixed in there, too.
41st min.: What a stop by Brazil’s Alisson. Argentina finally responds with a shot by Rodrigo De Paul and it was destined for the low right corner, but Alisson digs it out.
39th min.: Another shot by Fred and it’s right at Dibu Martinez. It’s all Brazil. It’s waiting for Argentina and when it wins the ball, the visitors are dangerous.
34th min.: What a play by Raphinha! He beats Acuna easily down the right side and then Otamendi takes out Raphinha with an elbow and has left his mouth bloodied. That should’ve been a red card against Otamendi every day of the week. It seems like the officials were looking at it, but no red card came.
27th min.: Raphinha rips another shot over the Argentina bar. And Brazil has slowly been getting its looks.
19th min.: Matheus Cunha almost scored a golazo! He nearly chipped Argentine ‘keeper Dibu Martinez from midfield. Martinez watched the ball just go over the goal. That would’ve been an epic finish.
5th min.: No surprise that early on it’s Argentina pushing numbers forward, but Brazil defending comfortably for now.
1st min.: Match is underway from San Juan.
6:27 p.m.: Anthems. Brazil first. The fans at the Bicentenario are up for this one. Argentina’s anthem played on the piano.
5:32 p.m.: Argentine fans in San Juan reminding Brazil of what happened this summer:
Argentina vs. Brazil: Lineups
With coach Lionel Scaloni confirming that Messi will play, the only real question was whether Messi’s PSG teammate Leandro Paredes would also make his return from injury. He starts in place of center holding mid Guido Rodriguez. Outside of Messi and Paredes, the rest of the lineup is the same as from Friday’s win in Uruguay.
Sevilla midfielder Papu Gomez is out after picking up a knee injury in his cameo appearance against Uruguay. Also not in the squad is Paulo Dybala, who was carrying a knock entering that Uruguay match and came out at halftime.
Argentina starting lineup (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 subs (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 is suspended with Liverpool’s Fabinho taking his place.
Brazil starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Alisson-GK — Alex Sandro, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Danilo — Fred, Fabinho — Vinicius Junior, Lucas Paqueta, Raphinha — Matheus Cunha
Brazil subs (10): Ederson-GK, Gabriel Chapeco-GK, Thiago Silva, Emerson Royal, Gabriel, Renan Lodi, Edenilson, Philippe Coutinho, Antony, Gabriel Jesus
How to watch Argentina vs. Brazil in USA
The Argentina vs. Brazil World Cup qualifier from the Estadio Bicentenario of San Juan is available exclusively via fuboTV, which is the sole broadcaster of live matches from South American World Cup qualifying.
In addition to matches involving Argentina and Brazil, every match from South American qualifying is carried 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 is expected.
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