The first triple date of the South American Qualifiers passed with a positive balance for the Argentine National Team, which, pending the ruling for the suspended match with Brazil, remained comfortable as second in the standings and in October will face its immediate pursuer: Uruguay .
The team led by Lionel Messi, the only one that had all its summoned, despite the intention of the European clubs not to give up the players, beat Venezuela 3-1 in Puerto la Cruz. Then he was the involuntary protagonist of the role of the date: after just five minutes of play at the Arena de São Paulo, health authorities stormed the field to force the suspension of the classic with Brazil. According to government agents, the four Argentine footballers who are active in the Premier League (Emiliano Martínez, Cristian Romero, Giovanni Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendía) had falsified their declaration to enter the country and, having been in the United Kingdom within 14 days Previously, they had to comply with a quarantine due to the pandemic.
FIFA has yet to determine what will happen: whether the match should be completed or whether the points will be awarded to one of the two teams. In that case, the positions would be maintained with Brazil leading and Argentina guarding, although if they win, it would shorten the distance to only three points.
The September day ended with a party for the Albiceleste, who beat Bolivia 3-0 with Messi’s “hat.trick” and celebrated with their audience, who returned for the first time in the pandemic, the America’s Cup title. In addition, Leo broke Pele’s record as the top scorer in the South American teams.
After the tug of war with the main European leagues, only a few weeks will pass until the new call for Lionel Scaloni. And in October, another new triple date (the last scheduled like this), which for Argentina will begin on Thursday, October 7, with the visit in Asunción to the needy Paraguay of Toto Berizzo.
On Sunday 10, as a local, with a city / stadium yet to be defined, La Albiceleste will play a key classic with Uruguay, to which he only takes three points, although by then, the result with Brazil should be decided. And it will close on Thursday 14, also as host of Ricardo Gareca’s Peru.
2021 will be completed for the Scaloni team with a more than intense double day: on November 11, again against Uruguay in Montevideo, and on November 16, with the classic against Brazil, but on that occasion, at home.
For January 2022 the road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup is scheduled to begin its final stretch: on the 27th, Argentina will visit Chile and on February 1 it will host Gustavo Alfaro’s Ecuador.
The last qualifying date will be in March: on the 24th, the Albiceleste will be local to Venezuela and will face Ecuador, as a visitor, on the 29th. From November 21, 2022, Argentina and Messi hope to be in Qatar for the maximum appointment of the National teams.