Miranda edges Brazil past Argentina while Belgium and Holland draw

17 October, 2018, 06:38 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Brazil 1-0 Argentina Every player rated as Miranda gives the Selecao Superclasico glory

Argentina, who warmed up for the match on Thursday with a 4-0 win against Iraq in Riyadh, look to have the more hard task, since they are without a host of star names, including captain Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria. And as the match entered added time, it felt like a goal from Brazil was still possibly coming.

Lionel Messi is yet to announce his global 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.

He is believed to have asked for some time off from global duty ahead of next year's Copa America in Brazil.

"I haven't spoken to him since the World Cup, but I hope his absence is only short-term".

"We have a lot of new players", he said. "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".

Argentina beat Iraq 4-0 on Thursday with only three players - Sergio Romero, Marcos Acuna and Maximiliano Meza - that went to the World Cup this summer starting.


Neymar is nevertheless looking forward to facing Argentina.

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.

In contrast, Brazil have most of their main men to call upon, including Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino. "But I think we deserved to win".

It looked as though the match would go all the way to penalties following an uneventful 90 minutes, but Miranda popped up in the third minute of stoppage time to seal the victory in the Superclasico mini-tournament. "Here, we're giving opportunities to youngsters".

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association, the two countries are playing each other for the 105th time, with Brazil winning 40 times to Argentina's 38.

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