The match at Maracana Stadium started almost 30 minutes later Clashes between Brazilian police and Argentine fans in the stands.
Nicolas OtamendiWorld champions Argentina’s 63rd-minute goal was enough to inflict Brazil’s first home defeat in World Cup qualifying, leaving the country sixth in the CONMEBOL standings with just seven points from six games.
As the two teams waited on the pitch for the game to begin, television images showed Brazilian striker Rodrygo in a heated discussion with the Argentina captain Lionel Messi and midfielder Rodrigo de Paul.
In a post on Instagram and X (formerly known as Twitter) on Thursday, Rodrygo said he had been targeted by racists on social media after the game.
“Racists are always at work” he said. “My social networks were flooded with insults and all sorts of nonsense. It’s visible to everyone!”
“When we don’t do what they want, when we don’t behave the way they think we should, when we wear something that bothers them, when we don’t put our heads down, when we’re attacked, when we Taking up spaces they don’t like.” “Thinking it’s about them alone, racists are using his criminal behavior. Your bad luck. We will not stop!”
Vinícius was repeatedly subjected to racist abuse by opposing fans while playing for Real Madrid in LaLiga. A criminal case against three Valencia Fans’ allegations of racist abuse against him during Madrid’s game at the Mestalla in May are ongoing.
Before the game against Argentina, Vinicius launched an anti-racism campaign in Brazil this week, with posters with messages appearing on billboards in cities across the country.