Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier at Maracana Stadium tainted by violence
Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier :
Brazil experienced their first-ever home World Cup qualifying loss on Tuesday, with Argentina securing a 1-0 victory amidst a night of violence and chaos at the renowned Maracana Stadium.
Nicolas Otamendi’s powerful header on the 63rd minute secured a historic win for Argentina and handed Brazil their first ever three consecutive qualifying defeats.
The start of the World Cup qualifier was delayed due to violence in the stands, overshadowing the match.
Brazilian police intervened to stop the violence between two sets of fans seated together, but their harsh treatment of the Argentine supporters angered Messi and the national team.
The Inter Miami forward first guided his teammates to the stand where the fight was happening and asked both the police and Argentina fans – some of whom were throwing ripped out seats at security officials – to remain calm.
In some pictures, crying children are seen in the stands, while one woman carries a child in her arms and tries to escape the violence by climbing over the seats.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez intervened in a remarkable moment, climbing onto the stand and pulling a police officer’s arm to stop him from using his baton on an Argentina fan.
Messi then guided the team off the field and into the locker rooms for a 10-minute break. The match began with a delay of 30 minutes.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) stated on their website that mixed fans are considered “standard” in FIFA and CONMEBOL matches.
The statement clarified that the CBF did not invent or enforce this model. According to the CBF, around 1,050 private security guards and 700 military police officers were deployed to ensure the match’s security.
The CBF reaffirms strict adherence to the approved action, security, and operation plan for the match.
According to Brazil’s state military police, officers were involved in a scuffle between fans resulting in eight arrests, one being a woman accused of racially abusing a Maracanã worker.
CNN’s request for comment was not immediately answered by CONMEBOL and the Argentine football federation.
Messi informed reporters after the match that this group continues to achieve historic feats.ad because we saw how they were beating people.
We prioritize the family and those who are unaware over playing a match.me like this I think is one of the most important wins that this group has achieved. It is something very nice to be able to win here in Brazil, after how strong they have been at home throughout their history.”
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni cast doubt on his position as national team head coach in a surprising twist at the end of the night.
Scaolini informed reporters that he needs to contemplate his actions extensively. “It’s not goodbye or anything else, but I need to think because the bar is very high. Continuing is a complex task.
These guys make it challenging to maintain a winning streak. Now is the moment for thoughtful consideration—I intend to inform both the president and the players. The team requires a coach with maximum energy.
Argentina remains in first place in World Cup qualifying, while Brazil is now in sixth place without a win in four matches under interim head coach Fernando Diniz, who recently guided Fluminense to Copa Libertadores victory.
South America’s World Cup qualifying system consists of 18 rounds, with the top six teams advancing to the 2026 event and the seventh-placed team entering the FIFA play-off tournament alongside six countries from other continents.