Argentina vs Brazil 2019: Leo Messi’s goal gives Argentina the win over fierce rivals

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Argentina vs Brazil 2019 Highlights – Lionel Messi scored on his return to his international duty on Friday after a three-month ban after Argentina defeated rivals Brazil 1-0 in an international friendly match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The game was intense, physical and was fun between the two South American giants. The match could have easily gone either way. Leo Messi was suspended by the CONMEBOL committee after calling the South American football’s ruling body “corrupt”. Afterward, he was sent off in July’s third-place play-off with Chile at the Copa America.

argentina vs brazil 2019 highlights

Argentina vs Brazil 2019 Highlights – Messi’s goal was the only goal of the game at the King Saud University Stadium on 13 minutes, tapping home the rebound after his penalty was saved by Brazil and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson. Brazil was without the services of Neymar. Gabriel Jesus had a good game and came close to scoring just before Messi did. Messi scored a pair of free-kicks in his last game with Barcelona and looked deadly again in the second half before Liverpool’s Alisson kept away a powerful drive from Leandro Paredes. Rodrygo, made his Brazil debut as he replaced Willian for the final 20 minutes. This debut for him came largely because of his sensational Champions League hat-trick with Real Madrid this month.

Argentina vs Brazil 2019 Highlights

Brazil failing to find an equalizer took the tally to 5 matches and has been winless since Copa America. “It was important to win this friendly match against Brazil, Its good for the growth of the team and helps them prepare for the next Copa America which will be held in 2020.”, said Messi.

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Argentina vs Brazil 2019 Highlights – This was the second meeting between the 2 sides in UAE this year. The first bout being when Brazil beat Argentina 1-0 in Jeddah in October 2018. Brazil was also victorious in the Copa America Semi-Finals where they beat Argentina 2-0. It was that match that made Messi make controversial remarks that Brazil was favored by the Organising Committee.

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Argentina vs Brazil 2019 Highlights – Brazil’s next friendly will be against South Korea in Abu Dhabi on November 19. It will be their final game before South American qualifiers start for the 2022 World Cup in March 2020. Argentina is now to face Uruguay in Tel Aviv on Monday. The game is still doubtful though because of the protests and heated environment in Israel.

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