Updated: Nov 18
The Argentine national team suffered its first defeat since winning the 2022 World Cup, when it lost to its guest, the Uruguayan team, with a score of 2-0, in the match that was held for the fifth round of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
The last official defeat suffered by “Tango” was a 2-1 loss to the Saudi national team in the opening matches of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, after which the train of successive victories began in the World Cup, then friendly matches and World Cup qualifiers, before stopping at Uruguay station.
The brace for coach Marcelo Bielsa's squad came from Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo in the 41st minute, and Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez in the 87th minute.
Lionel Messi participated in the match from the beginning to the end, but this time the "flea" did not succeed in saving the Silver Country from its first stumble in the World Cup qualifiers.
The match witnessed many quarrels, as is usual in confrontations with South American national teams, including a quarrel between Messi and a number of young Uruguayan national team players.
Therefore, the former Barcelona star came out after the match asking those young players to respect him, as he said, “I prefer not to say what I think about some Uruguayan players, but the young players must learn how to respect the elders.”
He also added, "The match was intense and strong, but respect must always prevail. These young men have to learn that a little."
Argentina's loss froze the balance of coach Lionel Scaloni's squad at 12 points at the top of the qualifying standings, while Uruguay's balance rose to 10 points in second place.