The world champion coach returns to take on the rival against whom he scored his first major win of the cycle.
For the Argentina national teamplay against Brazil It’s always special, whether it’s points or friendly competition. In this case it concerns a new Superclásico in the context of the South American Qualifiers and its headquarters will be none other than the Maracaná, where the Scaloneta achieved the founding title for a golden age, commanded by Lionel Scaloni.
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The Pujato-born coach took over on an interim basis after the disaster in Russia in 2018 and during these five and a half years had to deal with five times to Canarinhawithout taking into account the duel of the September 5, 2021for date 6 of the qualifiers for Qatar 2022, in which the match was suspended five minutes after the first half due to the interruption of ANVISA, which tried to arrest Argentine players for an alleged forgery of the affidavit, in times of protocols for the pandemic.
The story began October 16, 2018. The cycle had just reached its fourth match and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, they faced Tité’s side, who were also looking to bounce back after a poor World Cup in Russia. Amid the search for new faces and without figures like Messi, Agüero or Di María, it was a Brazilian victory of 1-0 thanks to a goal by Miranda in the 92nd minute.
He July 10, 2019the Superclásico moved to the Copa America semi-final that year and despite the defeat it was a turning point. Argentina played its best game of the tournament, was visibly damaged by referee Roddy Zambrano and lost 2-0 thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesús and Firminobut after a clear penalty in favor was not taken, a few days later he caused Messi’s explosion that earned him a heavy penalty.
Four months later the November 15their paths crossed again in a friendly manner in Riyadh and this time the the victory was minimal for the Albiceleste for the Leo Messi’s penalty goal. Slowly the names began to appear that a few years later formed the basis of the champion of everything.
Until he arrived July 10, 2021. Even with restrictions due to the pandemic and in an empty Maracaná, the 28 years without championships came to an end with the touch of Ángel Di María over Éderson and defend the advantage for the glory and the Copa América, the first title of the era.
The last crossing was also the only one on Argentinian soil and the only one without goals. Argentina and Brazil, who had already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar, practically did not hurt each other November 16, 2021 in a 0-0 draw for the qualifiersin the match that was played San Juan.
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