World Cup Qualifiers: Messi, Argentina hands Brazil historic loss

Argentina's 1-0 victory at the Maracana marked the first time Brazil had ever lost a home World Cup qualifier. Argentina pulled off a gib win over Brazil in the World Cup 2026 qualifiers.

The decisive moment came in the 63rd minute when Nicolas Otamendi scored with a header from corner kick.

The game was delayed due to a brawl between fans that erupted shortly after the national anthems, leading to police intervention and arrest.

Brazil's midfielder Joelinton was sent off 81st minute for pushing an Argentina player, reflecting the tense atmosphere of the match.

After the win, Argentina squad celebrated on that pitch, acknowledging the importance of winning against their fierce rivals in such a historic venue.

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With this win, Argentina led the South American qualifying competition, while Brazil ended the year in a less favorable sixth position.