Brazil’s record of never losing a home FIFA World Cup qualifier was ended by their biggest rivals Argentina. Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in their FIFA 2026 World Cup South American qualifiers match at the Maracana stadium.
Nicolas Otamendi scored a powerful header that made the winning difference in a heated match while Joelinton was sent off. This result places Argentina in the lead and pushed Brazil down to sixth place. The latter have earned only one point from their last four games.
Brazil started off looking to control the ball, but the home team kept interrupting with fouls and high pressure. However, there weren’t many dangerous moments, and both teams lost momentum quickly in the first 30 minutes. A free-kick from Raphinha made Emiliano Martinez jump to defend the goal, but the ball went over the crossbar at the 38th minute.
Despite efforts from De Paul and Lo Celso leading Argentina’s attack, they couldn’t break Brazil’s strong defense to trouble Alisson. Towards the end of the first half, Martinelli nearly scored, but Cristian Romero saved the Argentine goal. So, the first half ended with no goals from either side.
In the second half, Brazil began strongly, pushing forward and creating chances, but Dibu Martínez saved a shot from Martinelli. However, the turning point came in the 63rd minute with a corner. Otamendi’s precise header was helped by Lo Celso’s perfect cross, making it 1-0 for Argentina.
With the lead, Argentina controlled the game and prevented any major threats from Brazil. Until this match, Brazil had never lost at home in the South American World Cup Qualifiers, holding an unbeaten record of 65 games. However, Argentina ended that streak with a 1-0 win, making it Brazil’s first home defeat in FIFA World Cup qualifier after playing 65 games, winning 52, drawing 13, and now facing one loss.