Many believe that a real tragedy could have occurred yesterday at the Maracana stadium in Brazil. A few hours before the match, there was a clash between the fans and the police. The match had to be postponed for 30 minutes. After the end of the match, Leo Messi was visibly worried and emphasized that the situation looked terrible.
The best thing for them was to go to the locker room. "It was bad because we saw how they were beating people," said Messi to BBC Sport, as quoted by eurosport.com! "The police, as happened in the Libertadores final, were once again repressing the people with sticks.
We went to the locker room because it was the best way to calm everything down, it could have ended in tragedy.
You think about the families, the people who are there, who don't know what's going on and we were more concerned about that than playing a match that, at that point, was of secondary importance."
Leo Messi reacts to victory
Leo Messi is thrilled that his team secured a victory at the legendary stadium.
The fact that this is Brazil's first home defeat in the history of the qualifiers speaks volumes about the incredible feat Argentina has accomplished. This will be a huge motivation for the challenges that follow. “This team continues to make history,” Messi wrote.
“Great victory in the Maracana although it will be marked by the repression of the Argentinians once again in Brazil.
This can't be tolerated. It's crazy and it needs to end now!!" Brazilian captain Marquinhos was also concerned about the events in the stands. On the field, they were unsure about what was actually happening. "We were worried about the families, women and children, that we were seeing in panic up there in the stands. Down on the pitch it was hard for us to understand what was going on, it was a very scary situation."