Brazil vs. Argentina - Football Match Report

Brazil vs. Argentina - Football Match Report

Lionel Messi scores on his return to the national team as Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in an worldwide friendly match at the King Saudi University Stadium on Friday night.

The Albiceleste went and seized full control from their South American neighbours profligacy as Messi applied a stern finish from a rebound after Alisson Becker failed to parry four minutes later.

It was the Barcelona superstar's post-match outburst after the semi-final defeat to Brazil that resulted in his suspension, however, as he accused CONMEBOL of corruption and favouring Tite's Copa America hosts.

Gabriel Jesus strike a tame work straight at goalkeeper Esteban Andrada immediately after 7 minutes, but times later on attained a penalty when he was fouled by Leandro Paredes in the area.

Argentina also had a penalty go their way two minutes later after Alex Sandro caught Messi from behind inside the box. Argentina were awarded a penalty but Messi's effort from 12 yards was well saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson before Barcelona skipper reacted quickest however to tuck away the rebound and give his side the lead.

Very good perform by Willian on the remaining flank established a opportunity for Lucas Paqueta, but he dragged his shot broad.

Jesus and Willian could not work with Andrada, since Brazil sought a tie after the break, while at the other end, Messi's 66-minute free kick had to be overturned by Alisson.

Brazil were under pressure early in the second stanza and they almost went two goals down in the 68th minute after Messsi from distance, but Alisson tipped the effort over the crossbar.

Lautaro Martinez and Nicolas Otamendi the two squandered late possibilities to make the match harmless for Argentina, who perform Uruguay in Israel on Monday, a day before Brazil encounter South Korea in Abu Dhabi.

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