The first leg of the Superclassico ends. The next match will take place on the Sept. 28. Overall, a slow match considering the sides involved but Sabello refused to let his team lose on home soil. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab on twitter), feel free to contact me with any questions.
Argentina's free kick attempt futilely hits Brazil's wall. This game is looking like a draw.
Substitution Cristian Chávez Augusto Fernández
Substitution Casemiro Paulinho
Dangerous corner from Argentina is caught by Jefferson.
Again Orion stops another dangerous free kick. Ronny would love to get one in for his national team chances.
Another free kick opportunity for Ronny.
WOW!!! What a play from Daimao. The tall forward backheels the ball in the air to skip past a defender and when it lands, volleys it into the right corner. Talk about Samba Style.
The game is getting more physical as both sides are getting more aggressive. The shoves are going back and forth.
Beautiful Free Kick from Ronaldinho, his shot crashes into the hands of Orion, but against most that's going in.
Zapata draws a yellow card for shoving Neymar
Yellow Card Víctor Eduardo Zapata
Corner kick for Ronaldinho gets into a dangerous area but Orion is quick to scoop it up.
Pelleterri's header goes straight into the hands of Jefferson who kicks it back to his defenders.
Substitution Pablo Mouche Juan Manuel Martínez
And it looks like Martinez will have to come off after tweaking his hamstring. Pelleterri is coming on.
Fernandez gets into the box but is swarmed by several Brazilian defenders upon entry.
Argentina is showing more aggressiveness offensively. Can the national team steal a result?
Second half starts!!!! Argentina has the ball.
Players are walking back on the field. Second half is about to kick off.
And that's the first half. Brazil has dominated the match possession but Argentina has remained firm in its defense in the final third.
Give Sabello's men credit, the defense has played compact and very narrowly.
Ronny's kick lands into the hands of Orion.
Neymar continues to threaten Argentina's defense. This time he sets up another free kick for Ronaldinho.
Argentina's coach Sabella clearly looks nervous out there, who can blame him? He has a former Serie B forward in Emanuel Gigliotti playing up top.
My question is where is young Sergio Arajuo from Boca. He has been highly touted and it appears strange in a friendly that he wouldn't be looked at in this game.
Without its star players, Argentina is clearly playing like a South American Blackburn or Fulham, pushing the long ball.
Boselli has come off, not sure if its due to injury, but he missed some sitters early.
Substitution Mauro Boselli Emmanuel Gigliotti
The game has calmed down from its opening 20 mins.
An incredible miss from Boselli. He gets the ball in front of goal with just the keeper and kicks the ball wide right out of bounds. No wonder he couldn't cut it in England.
Ronaldino takes one of his trademark freekicks from distance. His shot just bounces on the pitch and out of bounds. Goal kick.
WHAT A MISS from Damiao!!!! Neymar draws three defenders in the box and finds a charging Daimao whose shot hits the right side of the post.
Argentina appears to be content in sitting back and looking for Brazil to make a mistake while attacking.
Mauro Bosselli, Augusto Fernandez vs Neymar, Daimao, Ronaldinho....
Brazil definitely has the more star studded group of players in this affair, especially with most of Argentina's top players plying their trades in Europe.
So far Brazil has dominated the early possession, working the ball around between all of the midfielders.
KICK OFF!!! Brazil has the ball.
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