Brasil Global Tour looks back at the major talking points after the Selecao saw off their old rivals in Jeddah
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A last-minute headed goal from Miranda saw Brazil past Argentina in a Superclasico de las Americas in front of more than 60,000 fans in Jeddah on Tuesday.
The dramatic victory saw the Selecao claim the The Superclasico Championship in the Middle East.
1-0 CAMPEAO!— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) October 17, 2018
Miranda's stoppage-time winner
Neymar lifts the title pic.twitter.com/NTj8XxHGDe
Below, Brasil Global Tour look back at the major talking points from King Abdullah Sports City.
After a disappointing World Cup which also proved something of a PR disaster, Neymar once again showed he has learned from the experience and is fast proving himself a savvy choice of captain. Sporting the armband once again, he was Brazil’s standout performer once more, inspiring his side to victory with his sixth assist in his last four international appearances.
And against Argentina we also saw a repeat of his new position, as the PSG man once again did a lot of his work centrally, where he has been playing this season for his club. He did, however, frequently return to his natural position on the left as he dragged his side to victory in Saudi Arabia.
Still searching for his best team, coach Tite conducted yet another experiment on Tuesday when he took the rare decision to play with two central strikers as Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino started a Brazil game together for the first time.
The Manchester City man played from the right, but repeatedly drifted inside to lead the line when Firmino dropped deep. It was not overwhelmingly successful, but given how little time they had to work on the system, it may well be something we see in the future as Tite looks to get all of his best attackers on the field at once.
Ahead of the World Cup, Tite spoke time and again about the necessity of a player who set the rhythm in the midfield. Fitness issues for Renato Augusto and a late rethink left the Selecao without a that “rhythmist” in Russia, but Tite and Brazil’s prayers may have been answered with the emergence of Arthur.
The Barcelona man may well have earned himself a regular place in the starting XI this month and once again set the tone in the middle of the park. He almost capped a memorable night with a sensational volleyed goal from a Neymar corner and looks to be the long-term future of the Brazilian midfield.
34-year-old Miranda was supposed to be finished with Brazil, having been left out of the squad completely last month. But he was back this week and showed no signs of slowing down as he returned to the team in Jeddah.
The Inter defender has been one of Brazil’s best and most reliable players over the previous two years and capped his return with a last-minute winner. He is convinced he can play on for another four years – and right now it’s hard disagree with him.
Undoubtedly now one of Brazil’s best and most important players, this month proved disappointing on a personal level for Philippe Coutinho. The Barcelona man flattered to deceive on the right against Saudi Arabia and once again was slightly below par against Argentina, this time back in the centre of midfield.
TIte experimented with a 4-4-2 in both matches and the system seems not to suit Coutinho, who turned in so many of his top performances when the Selecao had a three-man central-midfield. Tite, then, has lots to ponder.