World Cup: Panic as huge fire breaks out near Argentina vs Mexico stadium

World Cup: Panic as huge fire breaks out near Argentina vs Mexico stadium

  • A fire broke out near the stadium where Argentina are to face Mexico in a crunch World Cup clash
  • Qatar officials have since confirmed the fire came from a building under construction
  • Argentina face Mexico at the Lusail Stadium in a must-win game for Lionel Messi’s side

A fire broke out near the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, hours before the Argentina World Cup clash against Mexico on Saturday, November 26.

Qatar’s Interior Ministry confirmed the fire broke out around midday on Saturday at a construction site on an island that is part of the city of Lusail.

Lusail is the home to the newly built Lusail Stadium, which boasts a massive 80,000 capacity.

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A fire broke out near the Lusail Stadium in Qatar ahead of Argentina's clash against Mexico. Photo:Simon Bruty
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This specific stadium is set to host a number of games in this World Cup, including the final on December 18.

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According to Mirror, the fire broke out around 3.5 kilometres from the actual stadium.

Do or die for Argentina

For now, however, attention will be at the stadium for a completely different reason as Argentina gear up to face Mexico as they seek to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Albicelestes, against all odds, lost their opening game to Saudi Arabia, who came from behind to claim a famous 2-1 victory.

Mexico have it slightly better as the draw against Poland in their opening game means they are a point above the World Cup favourites.

Argentina can however take comfort in the fact that Mexico have not beaten them in the two nations’ last 10 meetings in a run that dates back to 2004.

Source: Sports Brief News