Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni celebrated a “magnificent yr” after the Copa America champions certified for the 2022 World Cup.
Regardless of a goalless draw at dwelling to already-qualified rivals Brazil, Argentina booked their spot at Qatar 2022 after Colombia, Uruguay and Chile all didn’t win in CONMEBOL on Tuesday.
It caps a profitable 2021 for two-time world champions Argentina, who ended their 28-year anticipate silverware by dethroning Brazil in July’s Copa America last.
“This was an impressive yr,” Scaloni – who matched Alejandro Sabella for the nation’s second longest undefeated run in CONMEBOL qualifying amid a 13-game streak, mentioned. “Successful the Copa, qualifying for the World Cup unbeaten. It was a dream.”
“We acquired 4 factors in opposition to two very troublesome rivals. All of us prefer to win after all however these video games assist a workforce to mature. Surely, the stability is constructive.
“Having certified thus far upfront, in a extremely troublesome qualifying part, is one thing we must be pleased with.”
Lionel Messi returned to the line-up however was unable to encourage Argentina, who performed out a stalemate with Brazil in San Juan to increase their unbeaten streak to 27 matches throughout all competitions.
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That underwhelming efficiency left Argentina ready to find their World Cup destiny, although La Albiceleste solely needed to wait lower than an hour following 10-man Chile’s 2-0 loss at dwelling to Ecuador.
Argentina – trying to find their first world crown since 1986 – are second within the CONMEBOL standings with 5 matches remaining, six factors behind leaders Brazil and 6 away from third-placed Ecuador.
Eradicated within the last-16 stage at Russia 2018, Argentina and Brazil have each performed a recreation much less following September’s qualifier in Sao Paulo, which was sensationally deserted after Scaloni’s males left the sphere as Brazilian well being officers tried to detain visiting gamers because of coronavirus laws.
After his subdued efficiency, celebrity captain Messi – who missed Paris Saint-Germain’s two matches previous to the worldwide break – allayed his health issues.
“I’m nice in any other case I wouldn’t have performed,” Messi mentioned earlier than studying Argentina had certified after the South American powerhouse made it six video games with out conceding – their longest streak in qualifying.
“I’ve been standing for a very long time and it’s not straightforward to play a recreation with as a lot tempo as this one.
“Fortunately I’m nice and I do know that little by little I’m going to select up the tempo. I hope I can end the yr nicely.”