Miranda heads late winner as Brazil beat Argentina 1-0

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Argentina are one of only two teams to have beaten Brazil since Tite took over as coach in 2016, but without Lionel Messi, who is taking a sabbatical from global football, they rarely troubled their neighbours in a derby match dubbed the Superclasico.

Argentina won the last time they played Brazil away from home, which was in June of 2017, when they beat the Selecao 1-0 in a friendly.

Lionel Messi is yet to announce his global retirement but the forward has told the FA that he wants to be excused from playing for the national team for the rest of this year.

He may have won the Ballon d'Or five times and helped Barcelona lift the Champions League four times and La Liga on nine occasions, but Messi's only global honour was an Olympic gold medal in 2008.

At 31, he's starting to run out of opportunities to lead his country to global glory.

The away side is also unbeaten since their disappointing showing at the tournament, beating Guatemala and Iraq, and drawing with Colombia.

Despite the defeat a lack of fluidity, Argentina's work ethic, general defensive organisation and ability to threaten on the break suggests Scaloni is having a positive influence in his capacity as interim coach.

It will likely be a different-looking XI in Jeddah to take on a Brazil team that laboured to a 2-0 win over hosts Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Friday. Let us know in the comments section below.

"Our team has prepared well and we hope to play a great match and win". "Here, we're giving opportunities to youngsters".

Argentina's best chance came during a period of pressure around the hour mark, when Leandro Paredes hit a swerving, dipping drive that had Brazil keeper Alisson beaten.

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