Updated 04:29 AM EDT, Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Argentina vs Brazil World Cup Qualifier: Match Recap

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The World Cup qualifying match between Brazil and Argentina last Friday ended in a 1-1 draw showcasing the efforts of both team to bring out their best game.

ESPN noted that the game showed that Argentina, despite missing star player Lionel Messi, "showed purpose and initiative, acting decisively with the ball and playing like a team rather than a collection of individuals."

In providing details of the game, SB Nation said the result of the game was a fair one though both teams need to do more to catch up with other teams.

The same report said that Argentina put pressure on their opponent's defines early on the game "penetrating the penalty area almost at will, but struggled mightily to connect with that final ball to create true attacking danger in front of goal."

On the other hand, SB Nation noted that Brazil was able to go forward with their gameplay but was not able to sustain this performance to keep Argentina from answering their moves.

Brazil's Neymar, who was expected by the team to help them during the qualifier, was reportedly not on the same page as his teammates.

Lucas Lima made the goal for the team which was composed of Alisson, Dani Alves, João Miranda, David Luiz, Filipe Luis, Luiz Gustavo, Elias, Willian, Ricardo Oliveira and Neymar.

On the other hand, SB Nation said that Ezequiel Lavezzi contributed the single goal for the Argentina team, which included Sergio Romero, Facundo Roncaglia, Nicolas Otamendi, Ramiro Funes Mori, Marcos Rojo, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega, Angel di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain.

In addition, Independent said the game left Argentina in ninth place, just a notch higher than Venezuela. Gerardo Martino's team is set to face Colombia in a game on Tuesday.

But the Argentina team manager said that they are aiming to seal a win for their next game.

"We don't need to look at the table to know we've got to win [against Colombia]", added Martino in the Independent report.

It was also highlighted that the team obviously need Messi to improve on their performance.

"Messi should return for the trip to Chile in March giving Argentina a huge boost but the mood surrounding this will depend on Tuesday's result," noted Independent.

Meanwhile, Yahoo Sports said Brazil now has four points from three games and got Neymar back from a four-game suspension. But it added that the team clearly struggled under coach Dunga and Martino's leadership.

Teams expected to go against each other on Tuesday include Colombia vs. Argentina, Venezuela vs. Ecuador, Paraguay vs. Bolivia, Uruguay vs. Chile and Brazil vs. Peru.

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