Two of the top three teams in the FIFA rankings will be looking to recover from defeats when they meet in a FIFA 2026 World Cup Qualifier this week.
Arsenal attacker Gabriel Martinelli’s fourth-minute goal put Brazil on course for victory in Colombia on Friday until Luis Diaz intervened in the 75th minute and added a second four minutes later to give the hosts a surprise 2-1 win.
On the same night, Marcelo Bielsa’s Uruguay ended Argentina’s perfect record in the group with a surprise 2-0 win in Buenos Aires, moving them two points behind the World Cup holders at the top of the CONMEBOL qualifying group.
Brazil are five points off Argentina after an uncertain qualifying campaign so far, also losing 2-0 in Uruguay in October, shortly after they were held to a draw by a late Venezuela equaliser in a 1-1 draw in Cuiaba.
The Sporting News looks at the key details ahead of this game, including how to watch it across the world, kickoff times and the latest lineup news.
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This World Cup qualifying clash takes place at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and kicks off on Tuesday, November 21 at 9.30 p.m. local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
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Here’s how to watch this World Cup Qualifier across selected areas of the world’s major regions:
UK: This match will not be available on TV or livestream.
USA: This game is available on Telemundo and via streaming on Vix.
Canada: This match will not be available on TV or livestream.
Australia: This match will not be available on TV or livestream.
The major news for Brazil is a knee injury that forced attacker Vinicius Jr out of the Colombia game during the first half and could keep the Real Madrid livewire out until 2024. Manchester United midfieler and Brazil captain Casemiro is out of the current squad with a hamstring injury. The Seleção are also without Neymar due to a long-term knee injury.
Ederson has pulled out of the squad injured, so Liverpool’s Alisson is certain to start in goal. Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus missed the Colombia game with a hamstring problem.
Brazil lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Alisson (GK) — Emerson, Marquinhos, Gabriel, Lodi — Guimaraes, Rodrygo, D. Luiz — Raphinha, Endrick, Joao Pedro
Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho didn’t make the Argentina squad, which is a sign of how much strength in depth manager Lionel Scaloni can call upon in his squad.
Lionel Messi will surely start in a free role, with the likes of Rodrigo de Paul and Enzo Fernandez tasked with covering the ground behind him.
Argentina projected lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Martinez (GK) — Montiel, Romero, Pezzella, Tagliafico — Mac Allister, Fernandez, De Paul — Messi, Alvarez, Gonzalez.
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Brazil last lost a competitive home fixture in 1975, although they were beaten in Brazil by Argentina during the 2021 Copa America and by Germany and the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
They are favourites against Argentina, but could be hampered by Vinicius Jr becoming their latest attacking absentee. A low-scoring draw could be on the cards between teams who have netted a total of nine goals across their last eight matches combined.
Prediction: Brazil 1-1 Argentina