Heavy rain and thunderstorms in Buenos Aires on Thursday meant the highly anticipated World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil was postponed and after plenty of speculation, the sides will reconvene at the Monumental at the same time on Friday.
The pitch at the Monumental was virtually submerged an hour or so before the scheduled 9pm kick off and although most who had already entered the stadium expected the postponement, it took sometime for the match officials and the sides to agree on delaying the match for 24 hours.
Brazil were reportedly keen to play earlier on Friday which would have obviously impacted on the ticket holders and so it was decided that the kickoff time would not be altered. The weather on Friday is cloudy but there is no further rain forecast and so with the pitch already looking in good shape, there should be no obstacles for the rearranged meeting.
The Monumental pitch on Friday afternoon; the day after the night before
It would not have been beyond CONMEBOL to play the match as we already saw from the decision last month to allow Ecuador to host Bolivia on a similarly rain-soaked pitch. The correct decisio was thankfully made last night but it is far from good news for Argentina.
Tuesday’s rivals, Colombia earned a very good point from their trip to Chile and were much improved from the first two fixtures. Gerardo Martino’s side now have a day less to rest and prepare before their trip to the heat and humidity of Barranquilla. These circumstances perhaps put even more pressure on Argentina to take all three points from the visit of Brazil.