Argentina vs Brazil was played on played on yesterday and it ended as a disappointment for the AFA. This game between the 2 South American countries is considered as el-classico of international football. The game has always been intense as a number of quality players play on both ends. This time it was a crucial game for Argentina but didn’t matter much for Brazil. Currently, Brazil is leading the South America qualification table with 24 points in 11 games played. Uruguay is on the second place with 23 points. Colombia is behind Uruguay with 18 points, Ecuador with 17. Chile is ahead of Argentina at the 5th point with 17 points. On the 6th place is Argentina with 16 points ahead of Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Bolvia. Argentina’s position at the moment won’t qualify them for Russia 2018 and they will have to improve to stand a chance.
Argentina’s defense was shaggy from the start and they were lucky enough not to concede in the first 23 minutes of the game. None of the Argentina’s back 4 were in a good form. Messi was outstanding as always but couldn’t make an individual impact. Philipe Coutinho scored the first goal for Brazil in the 25th minute of the game by a screamer. Neymar provided the assist. A brilliant assist from the young Brazilian Gabriel Jesus created a chance for Neymar, and he finishes it in style. It seemed done and dusted for Brazil but another goal came in 58th minute. Paulinho finishes a run from Marcelo and wins the game for his country.
After the loss in previous world cup final, Russia 2018 seems the last chance for Lionel to win a world cup. But considering the current form of Argentine football team, their qualification seems to be in jeopardy. Even if they qualify for the competition, it seems unlikely that they would progress to the further stages.