Defender Otamendi scored in the 63rd minute from a Giovani Lo Celso corner, which was Argentina’s only shot on target. Brazil’s frustration increased when midfielder Joelinton was shown a red card in the 82nd minute for hitting Rodrigo de Paul in the face.
The world champions inflicted a third consecutive defeat on their fiercest rivals. Prior to this match, Brazil had never suffered back-to-back defeats in World Cup qualifiers.
This was also Brazil’s first home loss in a World Cup qualifier. Argentina now lead the standings with 15 points, while Brazil are in sixth place with eight points, which is the last spot that guarantees a place in the 2026 finals.