09/04/2021 at 8:41 PM CEST
The Argentine captain faces Scratch in qualifying rounds, after having won the Copa América, his first star with the absolute, and having broken the 28-year spell of the Albiceleste without titles. But he has a pending challenge: he never scored goals in official matches. And Brazil never lost at home in playoffs.
Lionel messi He is used to breaking records at the club level and in his national team. He has made possible what seemed impossible with chilling numbers that make him the best player ever. But he has a pending challenge: he never scored goals for Brazil in official matches. And he could tomorrow mark another milestone in his career if he converts in the game against those of Tite by qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar. But it will not be an easy task: Brazil never lost at home in qualifying rounds: of the 54 matches they won 42. In that number of matches they scored 136 goals, that is, an average of 2.6 per match and barely received 23.
Argentina broke its undefeated victory in the Copa América final by 0-1 with a goal by Ángel Di Maria, on July 10, in which it also broke the spell of 28 years without winning titles. Messi, who won his first title with the senior team in Brazil almost two months ago, has a personal challenge pending: scoring a goal against ‘Verdeamarelha’ and making history with his team again at home. The captain was measured 12 times against the classic rival throughout his career as an Argentine international: he has won five games, drew one and lost six. And he scored five goals, all in friendlies.
That incentive and the great moment that the group led by Lionel scaloni, recent Copa América champion, make them curiously favorites to win the match. Although the powerful Brazil holds the mark of 80 games without losing against South American teams in their land. The last defeat occurred in 1975, against Peru in a Copa América match. That undefeated was broken by Argentina on July 10, with the great goal of Angel Di Maria that earned him the title at the Maracana.
Brazil in this tie still did not receive goals playing at home. May Messi and his team broke the shocking streak of La ‘Verdeamerelha’. A challenge tailored to Messi.
Messi’s goals against Brazil:
11/17/2010 Brazil 0-Argentina 1
9/6/2012 Argentina 4- Brazil 3
11/15/2019 Argentina 1- Brazil 0