Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Argentina vs. Brazil - Football Match Report

Argentina vs. Brazil - Football Match Report

Despite the talent on show, though, clear-cut chances were at a premium throughout the contest as an Argentina squad missing Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria largely nullified the Brazilian threat.

Until then, Nicolas Otamendi's last-ditch denial of Miranda in the first half had been the closest Lionel Scaloni's men came to conceding for the first time since the World Cup.

Brazil, hosts of next year's Copa America, head into the encounter in Jedda on the back of Friday's 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia, with Neymar assisting both goals in a lackluster encounter. "Doing what we did today we will fight a war against everyone that plays us". The match that these guy had, it was very exciting. They went toe to toe against a team which has worked together a lot longer than we did. I am tremendously excited and happy for the work that the boys did'.

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When their manager Tite replaced Gabriel Jesus with Richarlison in the second half, they had greater energy in the final third.

With Neymar to the fore, Brazil exerted late pressure and could have scored in the few minutes before Miranda struck.

The defender had also had an earlier effort cleared off the line by Nicolas Otamendi, and according to ESPN, fellow defender Filipe Luis said: 'The team felt exhausted in the second half but I think we dominated our opponents. "The corner was the result of a volume of play that we put in the game".

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'But you don't notice that so much in a clasico (the rivalry between Argentina and Brazil).

"It's always hard, but our team is better than theirs because we've had the same foundations for many years while they're in the process of a drastic renovation", Brazil's full-back Felipe Luis told TV Globo.

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