Updated 08:31 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

FIFA World Cup: Brazil Might Qualify for Russia 2018?

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Will Brazil qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia?

This is one of the biggest questions now as the team faces Argentina on Thursday for the qualifying match.

RT said the Brazilian team might take the opportunity to outscore their opponent as it is missing star players Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez who are all on the injured list.

In addition, The Guardian noted that Brazil also has a positive edge especially with Argentina's current form.

"Brilliant in dispatching Paraguay 6-1 in the Copa América semi-final, they were laboured in losing on penalties to Chile in the final and have not yet recovered, a home defeat by Ecuador and a 0-0 draw in Paraguay," added the same report noting that this has left Argentina manager Gerardo Martino facing intense pressure.

Meanwhile, The Week reported that it will still be a long road to Russia 2018 not only for Brazil but for other teams as well.

"There are ten teams in the South America Conmebol qualification league and each will play 18 games," explained the same report.

But since Brazil and Argentina's start were not remarkable, it is expected that there anxiety will be obvious in their upcoming match.

"Of the two, Brazil have more to worry about, he believes, as the 2014 tournament hosts are still smarting from that tournament, which ended in disgrace as they were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals," The Week explained.

An update of The Star, however said that the match had to be postponed on Thursday because of heavy rains which "left the pitch waterlogged and fans in traffic unable to get to the ground," as per officials from Brazil.

With the postponement of the game, it is now expected to take place on Friday at 9 p.m. at the same venue which is the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.

"We met with match officials and the Argentine representatives and there's no way the game can go on," said Brazil assistant coach Gilmar Rinaldi in The Star report.

He added that it would be hard to continue the game because of the weather condition.

"It wouldn't just be hard to play good football, there is hail and lightning and the forecast is that it will get worse. The players could be at risk and the referee decided to postpone the game. We agreed that it will be played at the same time tomorrow," he added.

Players were already excited to play the game so it was a disappointing turnout for all of them.

"I wanted to play. It's a shame," said Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN.

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