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Argentina v Brazil Live Commentary, 2018/10/16

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Miranda (90+3)
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Next on the agenda for both teams are friendly matches in November. Brazil play Uruguay, while Argentina face off against Mexico.
Brazil win the SuperClasico de las Americas against Argentina thanks to Miranda's late headed effort. Neither side were at their best in the final third, but it was Tite's men who came up with the decisive moment in the game to clinch the victory. Argentina defended well for 92 minutes, but switched off from Neymar's corner allowing the defender to coast in at the near post. Brazil have now won the competition between the two sides for a fourth time out of six meetings.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: ARGENTINA 0-1 BRAZIL
90' + 5' The game is still alive even though only four minutes of time were added due to stoppages. Is there time for Argentina to force an equaliser?
Neymar
Assist
Brazil
90' + 3' Neymar whips his cross to the near post where Miranda heads into the net.
Miranda
Goal
Brazil
90' + 3' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MIRANDA HEADS HOME IN STOPPAGE TIME!!!! BRAZIL 1-0!!!! Tite's men surely have won the game as Miranda guides a headed effort into the net at the near post. Neymar's delivery was on point for the first time this evening and Miranda made a run to meet the cross and nod it past Romero into the net. 
90' + 2' Neymar has another run at Saravia and wins a corner off the legs of the defender. He will take the corner.
90' + 1' CLOSE! Richarlison breaks into the right inside channel and goes for the strike at goal. Otamendi sticks out a boot to stop the effort finding the target, but almost diverts it into his own net, with the ball travelling inches past the post.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
89' Coutinho tries to stab a throughball into the path of Firmino on the edge of the box, but Otamendi is there to make a great challenge.
G. Simeone
M. Icardi
Argentina
88' Simeone replaces Icardi for Scaloni's men.
87' Paredes swings a cross into the box that causes trouble for Brazil. Fabinho heads the ball into the air and puts Alisson under pressure under his own bar. However, the keeper makes the claim with Icardi lurking.
85' CLOSE! Casemiro goes for goal with a low rasping strike that takes a slight deflection on its way to goal. It travels towards the bottom corner, but just evades the target by an inch with Romero rooted to the spot.
R. Battaglia
Yellow Card
Argentina
84' Battaglia brings down Neymar 30 yards from goal and goes into the book. Casemiro lines up the resulting free-kick.
83' Defending of the last-ditch nature from Otamendi and Romero. First the Manchester City man slides in to stop Richarlison's progress on the edge of the box, while the keeper has to slide ahead of Firmino to clear away from the forward.
M. Acuña
N. Tagliafico
Argentina
82' Acuna replaces Tagliafico at the back for Argentina.
80' We have 10 minutes remaining in the contest before penalties. Does either side have a goal in them in the dying stages?
79' We're back underway in Jeddah.
78' There will be a brief stoppage for a drinks break for the two teams.
77' OVER! Neymar takes the free-kick and hits his effort over the wall, blasting his attempt well over the crossbar. Another poor effort from a set-piece from the PSG forward.
75' Neymar has his ankles clipped by Martinez and it hands Brazil another opening from a free-kick, although this one is 30 yards from goal.
E. Salvio
G. Lo Celso
Argentina
73' Lo Celso makes way in the middle of the park for Salvio.
Miranda
Yellow Card
Brazil
71' Yet another booking in the second half as Miranda is carded for a poor challenge on Saravia.
70' SAVE! Neymar lofts the ball back to Arthur on the edge of the box and he goes for a strike on the volley. He catches the ball sweetly, powering his effort towards the net, only to be denied by a sharp reaction save from Romero.
R. Saravia
Yellow Card
Argentina
69' Saravia joins the litany of players to enter the book in the second half.
69' Neymar was caught late by the second leg of Saravia's challenge and the referee awards a free-kick outside the box from a tight angle.
68' WIDE! Neymar raids down the left flank and beats the first leg of Saravia. He sends his cross to the back post where Richarlison can only fire wide of the target.
R. Pereyra
Á. Correa
Argentina
67' Pereyra replaces Correa for Argentina.
Neymar
Yellow Card
Brazil
66' The sloppy nature of the second half continues as Neymar catches Paredes late.
Richarlison
Gabriel Jesus
Brazil
65' Jesus makes way for Richarlison in the final third for Brazil.
G. Lo Celso
Yellow Card
Argentina
64' Lo Celso joins Correa in the book for a poor challenge on Fabinho.
Á. Correa
Yellow Card
Argentina
62' Correa goes into the book for a loose challenge on Coutinho.
61' BLOCK! Argentina put the pressure on with a couple of sustained attacks within a minute. Brazil repel the first probe by Martinez, but the second results in Lo Celso meeting Correa's cross at the back post. Only a solid clearance from Marquinhos stops the effort from reaching the target.
60' WIDE! Parades makes a neat turn to evade a tackle in the final third and he lines up a strike from 25 yards, which fades away from the target without troubling Alisson.
Lautaro Martínez
P. Dybala
Argentina
58' Dybala came close with a free-kick, but other than that was largely ineffective. He makes way for Martinez.
56' Both sides are still struggling for a flow in their passing game. It's been a fairly underwhelming match given the quality both sides boast in the final third.
54' Filipe Luis goes down under pressure from Correa and Brazil win a free-kick in the Argentina half. There have been a lot of niggly challenges in the contest.
Fabinho
Danilo
Brazil
53' A concern for Manchester City as Danilo hobbles off the pitch after blocking Icardi's strike. It looked innocuous, but it not look good moving off the pitch. Fabinho replaces the full-back.
51' Icardi finds space for a strike in the left inside channel and he powers an effort towards goal. Danilo and Marquinhos are there to divert the ball wide of the post, but the former stays down with an injury.
49' Neymar gives away a free-kick for a foul on Saravia. Paredes lifts the ball into the box for Pezzella to head at goal, only to guide his effort well over the bar.
47' Correa makes a burst into the right inside channel and he floats a cross into the box for Le Celso to attack, but he heads his effort straight at Alisson.
46' We're back underway in Jeddah.
Both managers will want to see more from their sides in the second half. Tite will be disappointed given that this is his starting front three that they've not been able to trouble Argentina more at the back. Without Lionel Messi there's an opportunity for Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi to prove that they can be the main men for their side. An interesting second period awaits.
It's goalless at the break between Argentina and Brazil in Jeddah in a half of few chances. Brazil had the best opening of the first period when Miranda saw his close-range strike cleared off the line by Nicolas Otamendi. At the other end Paulo Dybala fired a free-kick narrowly wide of the post. Other than that it has been largely underwhelming in the final third considering the talent on display.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: ARGENTINA 0-0 BRAZIL
45' + 1' BLOCK! Neymar goes for goal, but strikes his effort straight into the wall, allowing Argentina to clear their lines.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
45' Neymar goes for a strike on the edge of the box and his effort is charged down by Pezzella and Saravia. The referee adjudges that Saravia handled the ball in his attempt to block the strike, despite being less than a foot away from the effort. A harsh one on Argentina.
44' Coutinho shapes to shoot on the edge of the box, but fakes a chipped pass into Neymar in the left inside channel. Pezzella reacts to make a headed clearance.
42' Argentina are trying to take the pace out of the game as we approach half-time. Scaloni will not be too disappointed with his side's performance thus far.
40' Neymar makes a surge to the edge of the box, skipping past two challenges, but he cannot escape a third from Otamendi.
38' Dybala gives the ball away and it allows Jesus to release Neymar down the left. The forward dwells too long in possession and allows Argentina to get men back. His first cross is blocked, while he goes for goal on his second attempt, placing his effort harmlessly wide of the post.
36' The game needs a spark of quality from somewhere, both teams have been lacking a clinical edge in the final third.
34' Saravia breaks down the right flank and forces a cross towards the edge of the box. Lo Celso goes down under pressure, but the referee again waves play on.
33' We're back underway again.
31' There will be a break in play for a water break due to the heat in Jeddah.
30' CLOSE! Dybala fires his effort over the wall, curling his free-kick towards the top corner. However, his strike just drifts the wrong side of the post. Alisson was concerned there.
29' Coutinho brings down Icardi 25 yards from goal and Argentina now have an opportunity to threaten from a free-kick.
28' OFF THE LINE! Otamendi to the rescue for Argentina as he clears Miranda's strike off the line. Neymar's free-kick was cleared away but Casemiro lifted the ball back into the box for the run of the defender at the back post. Miranda's first touch was excellent and his second was not a bad one either, being a denied a goal only by the action of the Argentina defender on the line.
27' Tagliafico must be close to a booking as he brings down Jesus for the second time of the game. Neymar will take the resulting free-kick.
25' Argentina are starting to get exposed on the flanks by the pace of Neymar and Jesus. They cannot keep committing fouls and allow Neymar to swing deliveries into the box.
23' Firmino wins a free-kick on the right flank for his team, but a foul by Casemiro in the box ends the attack.
22' Alisson almost gets caught in possession at the back by Correa, but the keeper just gets it away from the winger's sliding challenge.
20' Brazil have been the brighter of the two sides in the early stages of the game, although there has not been a clear-cut opening as of yet.
L. Paredes
Yellow Card
Argentina
18' Paredes chops down Neymar and goes into the book.
18' Lo Celso slips a pass through the Brazil defence down the right inside channel for Correa's run. Casemiro nudges the winger to the ground and the Argentine has a look back at the referee, although he only waves play on.
16' Brazil work the ball well on the edge of the box, but Neymar's pass towards Danilo is too high for the full-back to control as he heads the ball out of play for a goal-kick.
15' Neymar whips his corner into the box and Miranda attacks the ball, only to power his header well over the bar.
14' Neymar swings his delivery into a dangerous area in front of Romero, but Icardi acts in front of his keeper to stab the ball behind for a corner.
13' Jesus attempts to get the better of Tagliafico down the flank and he draws the foul from the full-back, earning Brazil a free-kick in a good position.
12' Firmino collects in a good position in the Argentina half and looks for the run of Neymar, but the PSG forward is flagged offside as he attempts to pursue the offload.
10' Icardi makes a neat turn in the final third, but he fails to pick out Correa with his offload on the edge of the box.
8' WIDE! Tagliafico does well to latch on to a long ball down the left flank. He cuts the ball back towards the edge of the box where Lo Celso strikes at goal. The midfielder makes decent contact with his strike, but he places it just wide of the target.
6' Neymar goes on a charge across the field and gets towards the right flank before being brought down by Paredes.
4' It's a slow start to the game from both teams as they attempt to build a rhythm in their respective passing games.
2' Neymar has his first run of the game at Saravia, but the defender holds his ground to make a good challenge to win possession. It will not be the last time the Argentine will be tested this evening.
1' We're underway at King Abdullah Sports City.
Brazil have made six changes to their side from their triumph over Saudi Arabia. Most of those come at the back as Alisson replaces Ederson between the sticks, while Danilo, Miranda and Filipe Luis get the nod to start at the back. Arthur replaces Renato Augusto in the middle of the park and Firmino get the nod to spearhead the attack.
Argentina have made seven changes from their win over Iraq for this evening's contest. Icardi comes into the side with Correa to lead the line, while Dybala retains his place in the line-up. Battaglia and Lo Celso start in the middle of the park, while Saravia, Otamendi and Tagliafico slide into the back four. Romero keeps his place between the sticks.
Brazil subs: Eder Militao, Alex Sandro, Richarlison, Renato Augusto, Pablo, Fabinho, Walace, Fred, Malcom, Lucas Moura, Phelipe, Ederson.
BRAZIL (4-3-3): Alisson, Danilo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Arthur, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho; Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Neymar.
Argentina subs: Walter Kannemann, Fabricio Bustos, Roberto Pereyra, Marcos Acuna, Ramiro Funes Mori, Maximiliano Meza, Santiago Ascacibar, Eduardo Salvio, Giovanni Simeone, Geronimo Rulli, Franco Cervi, Lautaro Martinez.
ARGENTINA (4-3-3): Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Nicolas Otamendi, German Pezzella, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Rodrigo Battaglia, Leandro Paredes; Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi, Angel Correa.
Let's take a look at the two teams, starting with Argentina.
Brazil defeated Saudi Arabia in their friendly match last week. Alex Sandro and Gabriel Jesus. Tite's men have won all three matches since their exit from the 2018 World Cup, beating the United States, El Salvador and Saudi Arabia in the contests. This will be their first major test since their underwhelming defeat in Russia and they will be determined to see off their rivals.
Argentina warmed up for the clash this evening with a comfortable win over Iraq last week. Lautaro Martínez, Roberto Pereyra, German Pezzella and Franco Cervi found the back of the net. Lionel Scaloni will be looking for a positive result even without Lionel Messi along with a number of his other star men, which could enhance his claim to secure the head coach position on a permanent basis.
Two of the giants of South American football meet in the SuperClasico of the Americas, the annual match between Argentina and Brazil. The Albiceleste won the contest last year in Melbourne thanks to a goal from Gabriel Mercado, although Brazil have edged the contest winning three of the four meetings since its inception in 2011.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the SuperClasico de las Americas match between Argentina and Brazil at King Abdullah Sports City.