Brazil 1-0 Argentina: Miranda's last gasp goal wins Superclasico

Doug Mendoza
October 17, 2018

Earlier, had reported how Argentina FA made it clear that they will not give any player the No 10 jersey in their hopes of convincing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to make a return to worldwide duty.

Inter's Brazilian worldwide central defender Joao Miranda scored the only goal of the game in their friendly fixture against Argentina in Saudi Arabia.

Lionel Messi is yet to announce his worldwide retirement but the forward has told the FA that he wants to be excused from playing for the national team for the rest of this year.

Tite's side pushed and pushed as the match ticked towards full time, with a powerful Arthur volley troubling Romero 20 minutes from time and with Richarlison provoking another block from Otamendi as the match entered stoppage time.

In-form Juventus star Paulo Dybala could be Argentina's danger man for the clash, despite the 24-year-old having failed to score for his country thus far. "We have to make the most of Messi for a long time".

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It extends Brazil's run to four wins in four games since they were knocked out the World Cup in the quarterfinals by Belgium. We played well and we got the goal at the end. "And when playing against Brazil, even in a friendly, we still have to win and play our way, which is what the coach is asking of us", added Romero.

Argentina's interim coach Lionel Scaloni said the test was positive regardless of the result.

It will likely be a different-looking XI in Jeddah to take on a Brazil team that laboured to a 2-0 win over hosts Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Friday.

But with Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool likely to play too, Brazil won't need any help in getting fired up to face the Albiceleste. "Here, we're giving opportunities to youngsters".

Brazil, like Argentina, are going through a period of transition, according to Neymar.

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