Tension was high during the South American rivalry between Brazil and Argentina at Maracana Stadium. Messi led his colleagues off the field after spectators started to figҺt, and it took them over thirty minutes to get back into the game. combat.
The incident happened prior to the game when Argentina and Brazil were getting ready to play their sixth encounter in the South American 2026 World Cup qualifying round. Fans from Brazil and Argentina got into a heated argument in the stands, prompting the cops to step in. Messi and his colleagues who came to intervene and observe, however, are reportedly quite unhappy with the way Brazilian police handled the event, believing it to have been treated too aggressively.
Messi urged his colleagues to get off the field.
The wоunded fan received emerge𝚗cy care at the hospital.
Messi signaled to his teammates to head to the locker room and off the field right away. “We cannot compete in such violent circumstances,” he stated. Television footage revealed that medical personnel wheeled at least two injured spectators off the field on stretchers.
After being delayed for about half an hour, the game was eventually resumed thanks to the intervention of FIFA officials as well as Mr. Claudio Tapia, the president of the Argentine Football Federation.
The intensity of the ensuing South American derby was heightened by this tragedy. With several violent altercations and collisions, both sides played in favor of strength in the first half, creating very few real scoring opportunities.
When Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, and Carlos Augusto fouled De Paul, Enzo Fernandez, and Lo Celso of the Argentine squad repeatedly, the Brazilian team was given three yellow cards. Because of the Brazilian team’s strong playing style, well-known player Messi also had an extremely poor first half.
Both sides engaged in very intense play.
Three yellow and one red card were given to the Brazilian team.
The game remained heated with several confrontations in the second half. Due to their superior strength, the Argentine squad was able to take some of the gameplay initiative. However, there were plenty of possibilities for the Brazilian team to score through counterattacks from Martinelli or Gabriel Jesus.
It wasn’t until the Argentina squad used a set ball to their advantage in the 63rd minute that the match started to turn around. After Lo Celso won the corner kιck, Argentina’s first goal came via a perfect header by midfielder Otamendi.
It wasn’t until the Argentina squad (left) opened the score in the 63rd minute that the game took a turn for the better.
When midfielder Joelinton onto the field and was given a red card, the Brazilian team was reduced to 10 players at the end of the game, making the “yellow-blue” team’s attempts to find an equalizer futile.
With 15 points from 6 games, the victory aids Argentina in keeping its top rank in the South American 2026 World Cup qualifying bracket. Uruguay, with 13 points, is in second position in the group after defeating Bolivia 3-0. Colombia, with 12 points, is positioned third after defeating Paraguay 1-0. After competitor teams Ecuador and Venezuela (both with 8 points) and Brazil (with just 7 points), the Brazilian squad dropped to sixth position. Paraguay, with five points, is the seventh-ranked team holding the Intercontinental Play-off position.