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September 15, 2011 1:50 AM BST
 
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Agustí­n Orión
Agustí­n Orión
Argentina
Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho
Brazil
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Renato Abreu
Renato Abreu
Brazil
Víctor Eduardo Zapata
Víctor Eduardo Zapata
Argentina

Argentina 0-0 Brazil: Rival nations' domestic-based stars play out a stalemate in Cordoba

Alejandro Sabella's home debut ends in a stale goalless draw with the Selecao as the game only really came to life during the final 15 minutes as both teams pressed for a winner

By Tom Webber

The first game of the eagerly anticipated Superclasico de las Americas tie got underway at the Estadio Mario Kempes in Cordoba, with a tempo that was not befitting of the occasion as arch rivals Argentina and Brazil could only muster a dour 0-0 draw.

Neymar showed glimpses of his brilliance for the Selecao, but neither side was able to find a winning goal as the game ambled towards a stalemate.

The first chance came after seven minutes, and it went to the hosts. Mauro Boselli connected with a Juan Manuel Martinez ball, aiming an ambitious volley at the goal. However, he could not keep it down and the ball flew over the bar.

But two minutes after Ronaldinho miscontrolled in the box, Leandro Damiao came even closer, but the youngster could only shin the ball onto the back post from three yards out following some impressive movement by Neymar to make space for the ball across goal.

In the 15th minute Boselli got on the end of Augusto Hernandez’s ball after some intricate play by the Albiceleste on the right hand side, but the Estudiantes loanee again could not direct his effort on target.

Argentina came close to taking the lead with just over half an hour gone. Martinez, who had been the main outlet for the home attack, ducked inside before unleashing a wild shot from 30 yards. The ball had the beating of Jefferson but it flashed past the post and out of play.

Neymar showed glimpses of his ability in the first half, but he was matched by Martinez for Argentina. The Velez player seemingly had the beating of Danilo who was offered little protection from his Santos team-mate.

Argentina resumed control after the restart as Brazil lacked urgency with the full-backs not as adventurous as expected.

There was a blow for Argentina when just before the hour mark Martinez came off with a knock. The hosts seemed less potent in attack following his withdrawal and his departure seemed to allow Brazil to play a greater role in the game.

The tempo rose during the last 15 minutes and Damiao showed some individual brilliance in the 77th minute to fashion himself a chance. A rainbow flick over the head of Emiliano Papa was followed with a lobbed effort that hit the back post.

Argentina immediately responded through Pablo Mouche. The young Boca forward’s 20 yard effort was saved by Jefferson as the teams finally started playing the football that the spectators had hoped for.

With 10 minutes of time left, Ronaldinho forced a strong save from Orion with a pearler of a set piece 20 yards from goal. The Boca keeper’s left hand kept the ball out of the net and kept the scores level.

The game ended goalless as it had just begun to entertain. In what was a disappointing, yet intriguing spectacle, Brazil take a slight advantage in to the second leg in two weeks as they play at home in Belem.



Argentina

1
Agustí­n Orión
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
3.00
6
S. Domínguez
Defender
3.00
-
3.00
3
Emiliano Papa
Midfielder
3.00
14
Héctor Canteros
Midfielder
3.50
24
Augusto Fernández
Midfielder
87′
3.00
-
3.00
4
3.00
7
3.50
-
Mauro Boselli
Striker
24′
3.00

Brazil

3.50
1
Jefferson
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
Kléber
Defender
3.00
-
Dedé
Defender
3.50
4
Réver
Defender
3.00
-
Danilo
Midfielder
3.00
-
Renato Abreu
Midfielder
3.00
5
Ralf
Midfielder
3.00
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
86′
3.00
11
Neymar
Striker
3.50
9
3.00
10
Ronaldinho
Striker

Substitutes

-
0.00
18
3.00
-
0.00
19
Lucas Castro
Midfielder
0.00
8
Diego Villar
Midfielder
0.00
-
Pablo Mouche
Midfielder
60′
3.00
16
0.00
6
0.00
18
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
-
Rômulo
Midfielder
0.00
-
Lucas
Midfielder
0.00
16
Casemiro
Midfielder
86′
3.00
11
Oscar
Midfielder
0.00
-
Cícero
Midfielder
0.00
4
Rhodolfo
Defender
0.00
7
Thiago Neves
Midfielder
0.00
-
Henrique
Defender
0.00
7
Elano
Midfielder
0.00
6
Cortez
Defender
0.00
-
0.00
-
Fabio
Goalkeeper
0.00
1
Rafael
Goalkeeper

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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