Argentina qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, after drawing 0-0 with its guest, Brazil, on Tuesday, in the 14th stage of the South American qualifiers.
Despite the draw, the teammates of the legend Lionel Messi booked their ticket to the World Cup, after Chile lost to Ecuador 0-2 and Uruguay against Bolivia 0-3.
While the first four teams from the unified group qualify and the fifth plays a play-off, Albi Celeste raised his score to 29 points from 13 matches, 12 points ahead of Colombia and Peru and the fifth, who played more matches and face each other in the next round, which means that they are guaranteed to occupy one of the positions. The first four.
The Argentine national team continued its positive path in 2021, after winning the Copa America title at the expense of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.
This is the thirteenth time in a row that Argentina participates in the World Cup, and has won twice in 1978 and 1986, knowing that it failed in the qualifiers only once in 1970. Brazil was the first to qualify for South America, by defeating Colombia 1 – zero.
Neither team succeeded in imposing their style in a level match, and the most dangerous opportunity in the match was Fred’s shot in the second half for Brazil, which hit the crossbar.
And with the draw that was achieved in San Juan, Argentina maintained its unbeaten record for the 27th match, a career that extended for more than two years.
The last time the two teams met, the match lasted only five minutes before officials stormed the field to remove Argentine players who said they were accused of not following quarantine rules related to COVID-19.
This time the match was a heated one, and while it lacked goals, it was not without excitement.
Along with Vinicius Junior and Rafinha in front, Brazil started with striker Mateus Cunha in place of Neymar, who did not travel to Argentina due to a thigh injury.
Vinicius Junior was in a position alone with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the 17th minute, but his shot went wide of the goal and Konya tried to shoot the ball over the goalkeeper from a distance, but she missed the goal moments later.
On the other hand, Brazil goalkeeper Alisson saved an attempt by Rodrigo de Paul before the break.
The match became more open in the second half and Fred and Vinicius Junior came close to scoring for Brazil.
But with the match not decided until the last minutes, it was inevitable that Lionel Messi would appear before the match time was over.
Messi returned to full fitness to participate in his first match in the starting lineup since October, but the Paris Saint-Germain player gave a calm performance until the last seconds of the match when he fired a 20-meter shot that was saved by Alisson.
Messi said: “I did everything I could. It was a very strong match, it’s been a long time since I went off injured and it’s not easy to play in a game that requires that kind of speed.
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