Gilette Brasil Global Tour
October 11, 2014 1:05 PM BST
Beijing National Stadium — Beijing
Referee:‬ Fan Qi‎
Attendance:‬ 52313‎
That is it from me, Tom Webber, for this afternoon. Thank you for joining me!
That result will not heal the scars of the World Cup for Brazil, but it certainly reduces the criticism surrounding Dunga's appointment. An impressive win for the Selecao!
FULL TIME - Brazil 2-0 Argentina: The Selecao are victorious in the Superclasico de las Americas thanks to a Diego Tardelli double. Argentina lacked tempo in possession and were often vulnerable to the Brazilians' counterattacking play. Lionel Messi missed a penalty in the first half and they struggled to get back into it from there.
90' + 6'
There is the final whistle! Brazil are the winners!
90' + 6'
Neymar now makes way for Robinho, and Kaka is handed the captain's armband.
90' + 5'
Substitution Neymar Jr. Robinho
90' + 5'
Luiz Gustavo is down with cramp, despite us being beyond the three added minutes. In fact, Dunga is going to make another change!
90' + 4'
Messi bends his free kick around the wall but it does not have the requisite curl to bring it back inside the post.
90' + 4'
Argentina have a free kick in a central area, 30 yards from goal. This will be the last act of the game, surely.
90' + 3'
NEYMAR! Almost a third! Kaka feeds Willian and the Chelsea man races to the byline. He eventually cuts it back to Neymar and the Barcelona man works space for a shot. However, he aims it too close to Romero who blocks it with a dive to his right.
90' + 1'
We are into the first of an additional three minutes.
Substitution David Luiz Gil
Gil replaces David Luiz for what remains of the game.
Dunga is very animated following a challenge on Willian by Rojo right in front of the dugout. His return to the helm was met with some criticism, this will be his first straight win and it comes over their greatest rivals and World Cup finalists, Argentina.
David Luiz strikes it from well over 30 yards out. His effort dips and swerves but ultimately ends up at the feet of Romero, who holds onto it at the first attempt.
A long ball from Brazil again looks to send Neymar away beyond the defence on the counterattack. Fernandez is again late to challenge the Barcelona man and the Selecao are given the free kick.
Di Maria drills a cross in from the left but there is no Albiceleste shirt making a run to get on the end of it. Argentina's hopes of getting back into this look to be dying out now.
Substitution Diego Tardelli Kaká
After 18 months in the international wilderness, Kaka comes on to replace Tardelli for the closing eight minutes.
THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THREE! Neymar runs between the flat-footed Argentine defence and attempts to clip a shot over the head of the onrusing Romero. It does not have enough dip to bring it back under the crossbar, though.
MESSI! This time he does get the free kick from 25 yards past the wall and Jefferson leaps low to his left to parry it behind for a corner. The shot looked ot be heading wide anyway.
The referee awards Argentina a free kick following Elias' challenge from behind on Messi. Once more they crowd around the official in a confrontational manner. It is extremely unnecessary and it won't change the decision! They just need to get on with it.
Substitution Roberto Pereyra Enzo Nicolás Pérez
Neymar feeds Oscar on the left and the Chelsea man attempts to pick out Tardelli at the back post. Rojo gets in between him and the ball but makes a hash of his clearance and Willian pounces. He heads out to the right and lets possession run out of play, thinking he will win a throw, but it is given the other way.
Argentina are controlling possession but it is Brazil who remain the more dangerous as they look to catch their opponents on the break. The numbers they commit forward are becoming fewer and fewer as the game continues, though.
Pastore sccops a great pass over the defence for Higuain and the Napoli man manages to to hold of Miranda as Jefferson comes off his line. The centre-back gets the first touch to it, though, and it goes out for a corner.
Messi flights in a free kick from the left which is overhit, flying straight into the arms of Jefferson at the back post. The keeper attempts to launch another break with a quick through but the Selecao are unable to make anything of it. The game is becoming incredibly stretched now.
Brazil break and Neymar sends Willian in behind with a lovely pass. The Chelsea man is at too acute of an angle to shoot and so his attempted cutback is intercepted.
Messi picks up the ball with his back to goal and turns Oscar as he runs off towards the left. He decides to have a go from 20 yards but he fails to squeeze a shot past Jefferson at his near post.
Argentina have been punished for the lack of tempo in their play here. Are Brazil on course for their third consecutive Superclasico de las Americas triumph?
Assist David Luiz
Goal Diego Tardelli
GOOOOOOOAAAL!! BRAZIL LEAD 2-0! A poor clearance goes out for a corner to the Selecao, which Oscar whips in. David Luiz gets across to flick it on and Tardelli is left unmarked to head it in at the back post! Romero got his hand to the ball but could only bat it onto the post as it made its way into the back of the net!
MESSI! The Barcelona superstar manages to dig out a shot inside the area which heads straight for Jefferson. It bounces just in front of the keeper and he can only spoon it back into the danger area ahead of him, but his defence help to get it clear.
Substitution Sergio Agüero Gonzalo Higuaín
Substitution Erik Lamela Javier Pastore
We have the first changes of the night now as Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Pastore come on for Erik Lamela and Sergio Aguero.
OSCAR! The midfielder whips the free kick with pace into the area in front of the keeper. Elias runs across it and ducks beneath the ball but Romero reacts well to dive to his left and get his hands on the attempt to keep it out of the corner!
Oscar sends Neymar away down the left and the Brazilian shifts the ball before darting away from Fernandez. The Argentine catches him and Brazil have a free kick right outside the box.
Oscar clips a free kick to the back post where it is met by a sliding David Luiz. He manages to angle the ball back into the danger area but Romero is positioned well to stop it going to one of his team-mates.
Willian is the latest Brazilian to burst into the box but his shot from the right side flies over the top. Demichelis looked lost up against him, there!
Neymar is released down the right and he holds off Mascherano as he runs inside the box. He has Tardelli free at the back post but he stumbles over the ball as he tries to pass it and it bobbles into Romero's grasp. A great chance goes begging for the Selecao.
Zabaleta gets up on the right and attempts to whip a cross inside from the byline but it goes out of play before bending back in, and Brazil have a goal kick.
The second half has begun in a similar vein to the that of the first, with Argentina attacking vehemently and Brazil looking a little sloppy. Dunga will just be looking for his team to be clinical on the counterattack, though.
DI MARIA! He should have done better! The Manchester United man dispossesses Miranda outside the Brazil box and runs into the area. However, he seems to get the ball stuck under his feet and the Atletico Madrid centre-back shows good pace to get back into position and make an important challenge.
Yellow Card Federico Fernández
Di Maria dinks a cross into the box which nearly finds Messi, but Jefferson dives upon it and manages to hold it at the second attempt. The keeper then releases Neymar with a long throw and the Barcelona man is felled by Fernandez on the halfway line. An important challenge from the Argentine, there, as Neymar would have been away.
THAT SHOULD BE TWO! Neymar slips a lovely ball between Zabaleta and Fernandez for Filipe, and the left-back thumps a shot towards goal. He slices it somewhat, though, and the ball flashes high of the target and out of play.
Yellow Card Javier Mascherano
Neymar is caught by Mascherano wide on the left and the referee awards a free kick. Oscar bends it in from the wing but delivers the ball straight into the hands of Romero, who comes off his line to collect.
We are back underway in Beijing!
Welcome back! The teams are back out on the pitch now, so the second half will commence shortly.
HALF TIME - Brazil 1-0 Argentina: The Selecao hold a slender lead in the Superclasico de las Americas in Beijing, thanks to Diego Tarelli's volley. Lionel Messi missed a chance to equalise from the spot on the stroke of half time as he was denied by Jefferson. La Albiceleste started well but faded as the half went on, so they will need to galvanise themselves ahead of the second half. Join me for it in 15 minutes!
45' + 2'
There is the half-time whistle!
WHAT A MISS! Mascherano plays a great pass down to the byline for Zabaleta and he cuts it back to the near post for Aguero. The striker lets it slip between his feet, though, and fails to steer the ball onto the target.
Messi had gone exceptionally quiet following his bright start to the game, and his latest contribution sees him miss from 12 yards. He will be eager to atone for that after the break, mind.
Missed Penalty Messi
JEFFERSON SAVES MESSI'S PENALTY! The Argentine side-foots the spot-kick to the keeper's right but he gets down and parries it aside. Rojo gets to the loose ball first and puts it across goal but Messi cannot reach it to add a finishing touch! It remains 1-0 to Brazil!
Yellow Card Danilo
PENALTY TO ARGENTINA! Di Maria is brought down inside the box by Danilo, and the right-back is shown a yellow card. The Brazilian players swarm upon the referee in protest but it won't change his mind! It looks like timed the tackle well and got to the ball, so a controversial decision!
It is Brazil's turn to try out the intricate passing around the penalty area, but Oscar's backheel to Filipe Luis is not crossed into the box by his Chelsea team-mate. Willian then tries to get in on the act but they fail to create an opportunity from which to test Romero.
Neymar dances his way into the area but before he can find space to get a shot away Mascherano comes in once more to make the all-important block.
Another break from Brazil sees Tardelli send Neymar in behind, but Mascherano once again tracks the run and shepherds his Barcelona team-mate, and the ball, out for a goal kick.
Appeals for a penalty again as Aguero is caught by Luiz Gustavo after he released a shot. There was minimal contact and the effort was already flying wide, so the referee was probably right to only award a goal kick.
NEYMAR MUST SCORE! That should have been the second! Brazil counterattack excellently and Neymar darts through the centre to go one-on-one with Romero. He commits the keeper with a touch but the Barcelona man fails in his attempt to pass the ball into the far corner, missing the target.
Di Maria clips in a corner from the left and Filipe's header heads straight back towards him. He strikes the ball on the bounce as he runs into the area to connect with it, using the outside of his boot to try and bend it inside the far post, but Jefferson smothers.
Well, after a bright start from Argentina, Brazil have worked their way into the game and now hold the lead. Some dodgy defending, and goalkeeping, has put the Selecao ahead, so how will Martino's men react?
Goal Diego Tardelli
GOOOOOOOAL! Both Zabaleta and Fernandez attempt to clear Oscar's cross from the right, but the Swansea City man's header drops to Tardelli behind him. The Atletico Mineiro forward lets it drop and sends a strike towards the far corner on the volley. It bounces next to Romero and he is unable to get a hand to it and stop it from finding the back of the net!
Another corner for Brazil, here. Danilo pushes up from right-back and sees his cross go behind via a deflection off Rojo. Oscar sticks it into the centre but once more it doesn't come to anything.
Tardelli goes down theatrically near the byline following a challenge from Mascherano, and the referee only signals for a corner. Oscar flights it in brilliantly but David Luiz and Neymar both attack it and end up getting in one another's way.
Neymar stays down following a rough challenge but again the referee tries to play the advantage. It results in Brazil winning a corner which, after being played short, is clipped in by Oscar but his deflected cross is headed away from goal by Luiz Gustavo.
Argentina want a free kick in midfield but the referee allows play to continue as the loose ball drops to Messi. He plays a lovely through-ball down the channel for Aguero, who strikes it over the top from inside the box!
Yellow Card David Luiz
Pereyra makes a good run through the middle and after he lays off a pass to Messi he is completely clattered by David Luiz and wins a free kick. Argentina take it short and Di Maria lashes a searing effort narrowly over the top of the goal from 20 yards! Lamela's backheel to set the Manchester United man away there was sublime.
Messi strikes it... and once more it hits the wall! It goes out for a corner, though, so the danger hasn't been completely cleared by Brazil. However, it is taken short before Pereyra's looped cross to the back post is comfortably caught by Jefferson.
Another free kick for Argentina in a good area here! It came about as Messi dropped deep to add an attacking injection to and upon dribbling towards the area was fouled by Miranda. Will this be better than his last attempt?
The game remains in Argentina's control, though Brazil are finally beginning to find their feet. There is quite a physical competition for the ball in midfield despite this being a friendly!
Willian tries his luck with a shot from 25 yards but it is blocked by Fernandez. Brazil then look to float a cross to the back post where Di Maria is on hand to cushion it back to Romero.
Willian whips in a corner from the right which is controlled by the chest of David Luiz, but his touch gets away from him and Argentina manage to hack the ball clear. The corner came as a result of a quick counterattack from the Selecao, and it seems that is how Dunga wants them to play.
Messi picks up the ball on right before playing a pass to the overlapping Zabaleta, into the space beyong Filipe. The right-back gets his head up and spots Aguero peeling off his marker for a cut-back, but it bounces just before the striker connects with the ball and his shot loops over the top.
Argentina's quick, crisp passing around the final third is causing Brazil all sorts of problems. Aguero is found inside the box and he goes to ground under a challenge from Miranda. The referee has a look but indicates to the Manchester City man to get up and carry on with the game.
Tardelli plays a quick give-and-go before dribbling into the area. He cuts inside of his marker but Mascherano chases back in typical fashion to make an important challenge and bring the attack to an end.
Messi takes it with his left foot but it clips the top of the Brazilian wall and is comfortably gathered by Jefferson.
Argentina have settled onto the ball well and Pereyra wins a free kick as he runs over to the corner of the box on the right, with Luiz Gustavo's late challenge drawing the referee's ire. This could be an opportunity to shoot, as it is only 25 yards out.
Di Maria picks up the ball and surges through the centre of the pitch. He lets fly with an ambitious from 25 yards out but it is always rising and is nowhere near worrying Jefferson.
Aguero has a chance inside 15 seconds! A long ball up from the back is brought down by Aguero with Miranda unaware of the danger. His touch just allows David Luiz to get into position to make a block but the Argentine was called offside anyway.
We are underway in Beijing! Both teams in their traditional colours.
Barcelona team-mates and two captains, Neymar and Messi, conduct the pre-match handshakes. We will be underway in just a few moments!
Not quite as much passion being put into the Brazilian anthem ahead of this game when compared to their World Cup outings, but you can be sure they will still be keen for a positive result against their greatest rivals.
The national anthems ring around the Bird's Nest, with Argentina's being played first. A great turn out in Beijing for this game!
The teams are making their way out onto the pitch in Beijing! Not long to go until we are underway now.
Just under 10 minutes to go until kick off now. Incidently, the game will mark Javier Mascherano’s 107th appearance for Argentina which sees him move above Diego Simeone to become the third most-capped player in the nation’s history.
Worries over pollution levels have consigned the teams to their hotel rooms for long periods during the week, so we can expect substitutions to be used to their full effect.
Argentina substitutes: Marchesin, Guzman, Vergini, Otamendi, Roncaglia, Vangioni, Gago, Perez, Lamela, Gaitan, Banega, Higuain.
Argentina (4–3-3): Romero; Zabaleta, Fernandez, Demichelis, Rojo; Pereyra, Mascherano, Di Maria; Aguero, Messi, Lamela.
Brazil substitutes: Rafael Cabral, Marcelo Grohe, Juan Jesus, Gil, Dodo, Mario Fernandes, Romulo, Souza, Coutinho, Kaka, Everton Ribeiro, Robinho.
Brazil (4-2-3-1): Jefferson; Danilo, Miranda, David Luiz, Filipe; Luiz Gustavo, Elias; Willian, Oscar, Neymar; Diego Tardelli.
ARGENTINA TEAM NEWS: Fernando Gago, Leonel Vangioni and Agustin Marchesin have been added to the squad by Martino, but there is still no place for Carlos Tevez. His Juventus team-mate, Roberto Pereyra, is handed an international debut in a midfield three with Angel di Maria and Javier Mascherano. Messi starts in attack and is flanked by Erik Lamela and Sergio Aguero.
BRAZIL TEAM NEWS: Dunga makes two changes from the side that defeated Ecuador 1-0 last month with David Luiz replacing his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate, Marquinhos, in defence, and the injured Ramires making way for Elias. Thiago Silva and Hulk are also unfit for selection, but Robinho and Kaka, who returns to the Selecao after an 18-month absence, are on the bench.
Argentina also have a new coach following their World Cup final loss to Germany, with Tata Martino taking the helm in Alejandro Sabella's stead. The former Barcelona boss got his reign off to impressive fashion with a 4-2 win over die Mannschaft in a repeat of the final, a game which Messi was ruled out for due to injury.
This is the game that the whole of Brazil had surely hoped would be the final of the World Cup they hosted in June and July, but their 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals put an end to those thoughts. Now, Dunga has replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari and a number of changes have been made in the squad.
Superclasico de las Americas returned in 2011 as a two-legged affair with domestically-based players. The previous meeting between these two nations was the 2012 edition of this tournament. Argentina matched Brazil’s first-leg result of a 2-1 win in the second leg in Buenos Aires, but the Selecao were victorious 4-3 on penalties. The squads were made up mainly of domestically-based players, but the last fixture with unrestricted squads was a seven-goal thriller which Argentina won 4-3, largely thanks to a Lionel Messi hat-trick.
This will be the 100th meeting between the two giants of international football. Brazil narrowly lead the head-to-head with 39 victories compared to Argentina’s 36. Will la Albiceleste be able to close that gap tonight?
The 100th anniversary of one of the greatest rivalries in world football is celebrated this afternoon, as Brazil take on Argentina in the Superclasico de las Americas! The Bird's Nest in Beijing will host the two nations that played their first game back in September 1914. La Albiceleste ran out 3-0 winners in Buenos Aires on that occasion, but plenty of history has been made on either side since. My name is Tom Webber, and I will be guiding you through all the action.