Argentina extends their unbeaten run to 27 games over the past two years. They played out a goalless draw against Brazil in the World Cup qualifying game. They had their Paris St-Germain striker Lionel Messi, playing his first game since late October after an injury.
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Lionel almost scored the winner, but Liverpool keeper Alisson was in fine form for Brazil as he made a remarkable save to ensure his side did not lose the game. The game was played at San Juan, and the Brazilian came closest to scoring when Manchester United midfielder Fred hit the top of the bar in the second half.
The two sides’ World Cup qualifier in Sao Paulo in September was left without completion because a Brazilian health official objected to the participation of three Argentine players they believe broke quarantine rules. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said qualification capped a “magnificent” year for his side, who beat Brazil in Rio de Janeiro to win the Copa America in July.
The manager said: “Winning the Copa, qualifying for the World Cup unbeaten. It was a dream.” He also said: “Having qualified so far in advance, in a really difficult qualifying section, is something we should be proud of.”
Brazil top the group with 32 points, followed by Argentina. The two teams are the teams unbeaten in South American qualification. Two automatic spots remain, with third-placed Ecuador looking in a strong position to qualify, six points clear of Colombia and Peru, with four matches to play.