In a dramatic turn of events, defending champions Brazil faced a disappointing setback as they failed to secure qualification for the men’s Olympic football tournament in Paris 2024, with Argentina clinching the spot instead in a 1-0 victory.
The defeat marks the first time since 2004 that Brazil, who were vying for a third consecutive gold medal, will not be part of the prestigious event.
Luciano Gondou’s header in the 77th minute secured the crucial win for Argentina’s Under-23s during the South American qualifying tournament, sealing their passage to the Olympics in France.
Brazil, boasting a rich history in men’s football at the Olympics, had claimed medals in the past four editions. However, their hopes were dashed in this qualifying campaign.
Argentina, previous gold medalists in 2004 and 2008, concluded the final qualifying event with five points, edging out Brazil, who finished with three points.
The defeat serves as a significant blow for Brazil, while Argentina celebrates their achievement and looks forward to representing their nation on the grand stage of the Paris 2024 Olympics.