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Lionel Messi and Rodrigo De Paul warned Rodrygo ahead of the Brazil vs Argentina WC qualifier

Lionel Messi and Rodrygo had a verbal spat before of Argentina's match against Brazil at the Maracana.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Brazilian winger Rodrygo sparred before the game at the Maracana. When mayhem broke out before the game, the Brazil striker expressed his displeasure with the Argentine squad’s choice to flee to the changing room. Rodrygo was seen calling Lionel Messi and Rodrigo De Paul “cowards” for entering the changing room.

As police surged into the Argentine throng, chaos ensued. Several fans were injured and at least one supporter had to be rushed to medical attention. Argentina‘s team left for the locker room, stating that they would not return until the crisis was resolved.

Lionel Messi slammed the Brazilian police, saying: “We saw how the police were attacking the people. It also happened during the Libertadores final.” Several players rushed to the area, including Brazil staff, stopping further escalation. Argentina won 1-0 courtesy of a goal by Nicolas Otamendi.

Also read: Lionel Messi attempted to stop police from beating the Argentina fans

Argentina defeats Brazil 1-0 on home ground

Argentina National Football team. (Source: GOAL)
Argentina National Football team. (Source: GOAL)

On Wednesday, the Albiceleste and the Selecao met at the Maracana. The away team managed to pull away with all three points in a tense match. After a clash in the stands delayed kick-off, an invigorated Brazil hoped to overcome Argentina, who they were winless against in their last 4 meetings. In a game that was witness to over 40 fouls, Nicolas Otamendi grabbed the winner.

Brazil’s missing opportunities eventually caught up with them in the 63rd minute. To meet Giovani Lo Celso’s swinging cross, Nicolas Otamendi jumped above Gabriel Jesus and André. His header beat Alisson and nestled in the top left corner.

Brazil’s sole chance to equalize went to Gabriel Martinelli, who sent a shot straight at Emiliano Martnez. The game concluded 1-0 in favor of the visitors, marking the first time in Brazil’s history that they had lost consecutive World Cup qualifiers. Argentina now leads CONMEBOL qualifying with 15 points from six games.

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