Brazil's narrow victory is more worrying than Argentina's defeat


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.

Brazil edged past a Lionel Messi-less Argentina 1-0 in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday courtesy of Miranda's 93rd-minute victor.

The Brazil mascot, Canarinho, also got involved by riding a camel ahead of a team meal at which some of the Brazilian players dressed in traditional Saudi attire.

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.

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.

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He may have won the Ballon d'Or five times and helped Barcelona lift the Champions League four times and La Liga on nine occasions, but Messi's only worldwide honour was an Olympic gold medal in 2008.

"Every time Argentina play, we have to win. The more he plays, the better it is for football lovers". Brazil defeated the US 2-0 in early September before beating El Salvador, 5-0, and, most recently, Saudi Arabia, 2-0.

The result makes it four wins from four for Brazil since the World Cup, while Argentina fall to their first defeat under caretaker manager Lionel Scaloni. Let us know in the comments section below.

"We have a lot of new players", he said. He said it's a match "between two teams undergoing a renovation".

Argentina's best chance came during a period of pressure around the hour mark, when Paredes hit a swerving, dipping drive that had Brazil 'keeper Alisson beaten.