Brazil and Argentina face off in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at South America this Sunday evening, going head to head at the Neo Quimica Arena in Sao Paulo.
This is one of the biggest rivalries in world football and, when World Cup qualification is on line, it’s even tenser than usual.
Brazil name a strong side and Lionel Scaloni names Messi in a strong XI as the PSG forward faces Brazil 13th time in his career. He has won 5, drew 1 and lost 6 times.
Brazil XI: Weverton: Danilo, Eder Militao, Lucas Veríssimo, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Gerson, Everton Ribeiro, Lucas Paqueta; Gabigol, Neymar.
Argentina XI: Emiliano Martinez: Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Nico Otamendi, Marcos Acuna, Angel di María, Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes, Gio Lo Celso, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez.
There is a positive news for Argentina after four of their players allowed to stay in Brazil having been asked to leave the country for falsifying health status due to Covid-19 protocols.
The Brazilian authorities have reportedly ordered Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Gio Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendia to leave the country. They are Premier League players and there was allegedly a problem with paperwork.
It appears that CONMEBOL have spoken to the Brazilian authorities and that Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Gio Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendia stay in Brazil and play tonight’s game. We have more on this controversy
Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Gio Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendia have been ordered to leave Brazil. According to health authorities in Brazil, they have falsified information about entering the country due to COVID protocols. Three were supposed to start for Argentina today.
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) September 5, 2021