The match between Brazil and Argentina has been postponed due to the tense situation in the stands. Lionel Messi and his teammates from the Argentine team left Maracana Stadium when ugly scenes broke out before kick-off. Brazilian police were seen attacking fans at the 78,838-capacity stadium in Rio de Janeiro. It was reported that the authorities used batons and sticks to disperse the fighting between Argentine and Brazilian fans. The match was scheduled to start at 7:30 am this morning but had to be delayed until 8:00 am (Vietnam time). Lionel Messi made the decision to withdraw from the match and stated via Albiceleste Talk that “we had to leave. We couldn’t play under these circumstances.”
Messi and his teammates left the field due to a violent clash with the police, leaving some fans in tears. Investigations have been initiated to determine the cause of the incident that resulted in the postponement of the match. Currently leading the CONMEBOL World Cup 2026 qualifier standings, Argentina enjoys a 5-point lead over fifth-placed Brazil. This also marks the first time Lionel Messi has faced Brazil since winning the World Cup in Qatar.