The Argentine team arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday night, where they will face Brazil, at Maracanã, on Tuesday, at 9:30 pm (Brasília time). And the atmosphere outside the hotel where Messi and company’s delegation will be staying was one of celebration and provocation towards Brazilians. Hundreds of fans awaited the arrival of the players, who passed a few meters away from the public and had no direct contact.
Argentine fans wait for the team in Rio and sing to provoke Brazilians
The fans gathered on the street in front of the hotel in Barra da Tijuca, in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, to make a lot of noise and demonstrate that they are happy with life at the moment of the selection. While some crowded close to the bars installed to contain the public, others jumped and sang to celebrate Lionel Scaloni’s selection.
Among the chants chosen by Argentine fans, naturally, there was no shortage of provocations to the Brazilian fans. The song that supported the world runner-up campaign in 2014, “Decime que se siente”, was remembered, in which the Argentines reminded the Brazilians of their victory in the round of 16 of the 1990 World Cup. “Brazil, tell me how you feel, having your daddy at home”sang the brothers.
It was also sung at the top of its lungs the song created after the 2021 Copa América, in which Argentina ended a 28-year period without titles by beating Brazil at Maracanã. “What happened, brazuca? You’re still remembering. What happened, brazuca? Everyone in the favela is crying”, says the song, which also mentions Brazil’s defeat in the 1950 World Cup final and says that “Messi has the crown” .
Argentina held its last training session this Monday morning before traveling to Rio de Janeiro for the clash against Brazil, at Maracanã. After two days of closed training, the team participated in a 15-minute activity open to the press at CT de Ezeiza.
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Although the coach has given few clues in recent days, the Argentine press points out that the team could have two changes compared to the last game: Di María could replace Nicolás González, and Lautaro Martínez could take Julián Álvarez’s place. Scaloni, naturally, did not confirm the team, but said he had already made his decision.
Brazil and Argentina face each other this Tuesday, at 9:30 pm (Brasília time), at Maracanã. The Argentines are in first place in the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, with 12 points. The Brazilian team is in fifth, with seven points. Six teams qualify directly for the World Cup, and the seventh placed team goes to the intercontinental playoff.