Brazil, Argentina shocked defeat World Cup qualifier


Santiago: Argentina and Brazil both lost their opening World Cup qualifiers on Thursday. Argentina, who were missing injured Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at home by Ecuador, a side 30 places behind them in the FIFA rankings.

“It’s no use just looking at the score,” Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano said after the match. “We were never superior to them.””We could never find answers to the problems that Ecuador gave us, we were never comfortable,” he added.

Things were no better for five-time World Cup champions Brazil, who also lost match against Chile .However, coach Dunga’s side could not match the relentless running of a Chilean team that had the momentum with them after winning the Copa America in July.

The qualifiers continue next Tuesday, with Argentina away at Paraguay, Brazil at home to Venezuela and Ecuador looking to build on their great start at home to Bolivia.