Brazil and Argentina will hope they will no longer be distracted when World Cup qualifiers resume in South America on Thursday.
Game between the two rivals in Sao Paulo last month was suspended shortly after the match kicked off after a Brazilian health official stepped onto the field to remove four Argentine players he believes should be quarantined due to the protocols. COVID-19. Both teams then scored victories in the second game of this international window to keep the course in place in Qatar.
And scenes like this should be avoided when Brazil, which leads the qualifying tournament, visits the last-placed Venezuela and Argentina, the second, travels to Asuncion to face Paraguay.
Allowed to travel
This time around, players from England were allowed to travel to South America despite UK’s strict COVID-19 restrictions. Premier League players will have to show they are fully vaccinated to avoid a 10-day quarantine upon returning to their clubs.
Also Thursday, third-placed Uruguay will host Colombia. Ecuador, who finished fourth, will play Bolivia and Peru will play Chile.
Brazil has 24 points and Argentina has 18 in eight games. They are followed by Uruguay (15), Ecuador (13) and Colombia (13), but they all played nine matches.
The top four teams will secure their spot at the World Championships in Qatar next year. The fifth-placed team will advance to the playoffs with a team from a different confederation.