Argentina looks to get back to winning ways against a shaken Brazil

After losing to Uruguay, the Albiceleste visits the Verdeamarelha seeking to wrap up the year with a win in the South American Qualifiers

Argentina’s men’s national football team will visit Brazil on Tuesday in its sixth fixture of the South American Qualifiers to the 2026 World Cup. The game kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Argentina time and will be played at Brazil’s Maracanã Stadium. It can be watched live via Argentina’s national public broadcaster, TV Pública, for free or through the cable sports channel TyC Sports.

The Albiceleste returns to action following its shock 2-0 defeat at home against Uruguay last Thursday. The team led by Lionel Messi still leads the qualifiers table with 12 points but another loss could mean relinquishing the top spot (if Uruguay beats Bolivia in their clash, also on Tuesday).

“We always admitted we weren’t unbeatable,” said Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni in his press conference — the loss against Uruguay was his first in the South American Qualifiers. “We have to remain competitive. Nobody likes to lose, and we’re focused on recovering.”

It will be Argentina’s return to the Maracanã Stadium for the first time since 2021 when it won the Copa América final 1-0, breaking a 28-year trophyless drought for the team. However, Scaloni isn’t too concerned about it.

“We always focus on the present day,” said Scaloni. “Against Brazil, it’s always a derby game, and we’re the visitors. That alone makes it special, we don’t need to look back at other things. Time has passed and we have to move on.”

Brazil isn’t arriving to the game in top form. Back-to-back defeats to Uruguay and Colombia saw them drop to fifth in the points table and place a question mark on head coach Fernando Diniz’s job. Injuries to two of its biggest stars in Neymar Junior and Vinicius Junior add to the difficulties for the Brazil boss.

This will be Argentina’s last South American Qualifiers game in 2023, with the rest of the tournament taking place in 2024, after the 2024 Copa America.


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