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16/10/18
Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal stadium
International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Miranda
    90'
  • IcardiSimeone
    88'
  • Battaglia
    84'
  • TagliaficoAcuña
    81'
  • Lo CelsoSalvio
    73'
  • Miranda
    71'
  • Saravia
    69'
  • CorreaPereyra
    67'
  • Neymar
    66'
  • JesusRicharlison
    65'
  • Lo Celso
    64'
  • Correa
    63'
  • DybalaMartínez
    58'
  • DaniloFabinho
    53'
  • 1st Half
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Paredes
    19'
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International friendlies - 16 October 2018

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21:03 

So there we go. Argentina were solid and largely matched Brazil, though Miranda had the game's best chance aside from the goal, but lost concentration in injury-time and paid for it. Still, they were without plenty of serious players, and looked more organised than for a while, so will try to take the positives - not easily done in the circumstances, but still. Anyway, that's us - thanks for your company - and you can follow the remainder of tonight's matches elsewhere on the site. Byeee!

21:01

Full-time: Brazil 1-0 Argentina. BRAZIL WIN THE SUPERCLASICO TROPHY! CAPITALS! EXCLAMATION!

90+7' 

How is this still going on?

90+5' 

Romero hammers the ball downfield, but Martinez fouls Casemiro and that is surely that.

90+3'

GOAL! BRAZIL WIN THE SUPERCLASSICO TROPHY! Brazil 1-0 Argentina (Miranda) Neymar clips hard to the near post, Simeone doesn't get off the ground defending it, and Miranda is up in front of Marquinhos and in front of the keeper, thunking home what will surely be the winner! And doesn't he lap it up!

90+2' 

Neymar is trying to win it, and jinks down the left, drives into shins, and Brazil have a corner...

90+2' 

Elsewhere, Belgium and Holland are 1-1, while Germany lead in France and by the sounds of things are dominating.

90+1'

Richarlison is doing his best, and he drives low from the right corner of the box ... Otamendi extends a leg ... and diverts the ball behind. The corner comes to nothing.

90' 

There's be four added minutes.

89' 

We'll probably get a bit of added time, given the drinks break, subs breaks and foul breaks, but chances are we're getting penalties.

88' 

Final change for Argentina: Simeone replaces Icardi, who is still without an international goal.

87' 

Apologies, my system crashed again, but we're back now and you missed nowt - the corner following the free-kick came to nowt.

84'

AND NEYMAR DOESN'T TAKE IT! Instead, Casemiro drives low, it takes a deflection off someone, and flies this much past the right-hand post.

84'

Battaglia is late on Neymar and is booked; free-kick Brazil, 30 yards out, dead centre.

83' 

Lovely from Neymar, drawing three men towards him before sliding a clever pass through for Richarlison. It's not got quite enough pop on it though, and Richarlison decides to dance with it, looking to find himself the perfect shooting position; he's quickly tackled. And then Neymar looks for Filipe Luis, but this time the pass - between defence and keeper - is just too strong.

81'

Another Argentina change: Acuna replaces Tagliafico.

80' 

Richarlison finds the lesser-spotted Fabinho, and his cross is headed away by Saravia, who's been good.

77' 

Neymar shanks high and wide ... and that's drinks.

76' 

But Brazil get themselves down the other end and Martinez trips Neymar, who was going naewhere. Free-kick, 25 yards out, just right of centre...

75' 

Salvio makes some space down the left then tricks himself and Filipe Luis sees him away.

74' 

What has Fred done to upset everyone?

73'

Lo Cleso, the best player on the pitch "for me", is replaced by Salvio.

71'

Miranda is late on Pereyra, and becomes the fifth man to be booked in the last 20 minutes.

70'

Have a look! There's a space at the near post, but Meymar prods to Arthur on the edge of the box, and Artur skips into the volley that Romero punches away.

69'

Here come Brazil again, Neymar racing down the left and crossing - Saravia scissors him in the meantime - while over the far side, Richarlison rams wide. Nerymar then writhes and Saravia is booked; the ref awards a free-kick.

68' 

Lovely from Lo Celso, driving for the box and trying a Zidane turn - he's eventually tackled and Brazil find Neymar downfield, only for Saravia to rob him immediately.

67'

Argentina bring Pereyra on for Correa. It's all about Watford, basically.

66'

This isn't getting tasty, exactly, but the aromas are gathering. Paredes skins Neymar on the outside so Neymar trips him, and is booked.

65'

Jesus, who's done very little, is replaced by Richarlison.

64' 

Lo Celso comes at Fabinho from behind, kicking him because he fancies it. He's booked.

64' 

Brazil look a bit disheartened here - if they're bothered to win, they might want to make a change, because they've lost impetus.

63'

Correa hauls back Coutinho and is booked.

61' 

Argentina are into this and fly down the right, Martinez moving Saravia's cross onto Icardi, who decides the angle isn't right for a shot so moves one more to Correa, and his cross is blocked.

60' 

Saravia barges through a pathetic challenge from Neymar and crosses well enough, except there's no one there. Argentina, though, reclaim possession, and Paredes wipes his foot across one that swerves the wrong way and past the far post.

58'

Change for Argentina: off goes Dybala, who's worked hard; on comes Martinez, who is more of an out and out centre-forward and who scored against Iraq.

57' 

There've been a lot of fouls in this game and there's another, Casemiro bringing down Dybala.

55'

Apologies, my system crashed; while you were away, Danilo hobbled off, to be replaced by Fabinho.

51' 

Argentina are coming, and a re quick free-kick down an oblique line finds Icardi on the left of the box; he drives low and hard, Tagliafico's block sending the ball behind.

50' 

Lo Celso slides in and takes a right sair yin on the shin from Marquinhos,

50' 

This is pretty quiet.

48'

and this is nice too, Correa, jinking clear down the right and crossing for Lo Celso - he's having a good game, he is, is he - to meet on the run with a powerful header that's straight at Alisson.

47' 

The onus is on Brazil to do better this half, because things have gone pretty nicely as far as Argentina are concerned.

46' 

Jesus incurs down the right, attacking a bouncing ball, but he's quickly crowded out.

46'

Off we go again...

19:54 

Brazil have been marginally the better side, I suppose, but given the to XIs they should be dominating and they aren't.

19:54

Half-time: Brazil 0-0 Argentina

45+2' 

Neymar hits the wall.

45' 

Again, Coutinho gets the ball outside the box, and this time he does shoot, his effort hitting Saravia's raised arm. Whether or not it's a free-kick depends on how you interpret the law, and when one is given, Argentina experience distress, but here comes Neymar, 20 yards out and left of centre...

45' 

Coutinho gets the ball outside the box and with everyone expecting a shot, looks to lift a pass over the top for Neymar. The disguise is nice, but the pass isn't quite accurate enough and Saravia heads away.

44' 
43' 

Casemiro kicks Correa for no reason, and Argentina have an opportunity to stick a ball in the box ... but they go backwards.

41' 

...where he played on the wing.

40' 

Caseimor gets a good foot in to find Neymar, who drives at the Argentina defence, cutting inside with a ludicrous change of pace ... but Otamendi is there once more.

39' 

We've not seen much of Arthur here. It might be that Brazil need another midfielder - Fred, say - instead of either Jesus or Firmino.

38' 

It's a strange game this, not much going on then an occasional livener of a needlessly violent foul and a bit of nice football here and there.

35' 

Neymar lifts a lovely pass into Firmino, but there's the balletic Otamendi with a glorious leaping interception. He's having a good night so far.

34' 

Dybala out wide for Saravia, whose cross falls into the path of Lo Celso, arriving into the box; he controls with an arm as Jesus perhaps helps him to the floor; no penalty.

34' 

Off we pootle once more.

32' 

Tite and Neymar are having a meeting.

31' 

A drinks break.

30'

Argentina win a free-kick on right, and Dybala is behind it ... he curls hard for the near post, but it's a fraction wide. Good effort, but.

28'

But the ball comes straight back into the box! A lovely ball from Casemiro, lifted from left to right, and Miranda's touch is a beauty! He's certain he's going to score and leathers a shot past Romero ... only for Otamendi to head off the line! That is brilliant defending.

27' 

Tagliafico leaves a toe in on Jesus, who collapses. The ref speaks to both of them, but there wasn't much amiss there; Neymar's free-kick is headed clear easily enough.

25' 

Nice from Dybala, holding it up to find Tagliafico, whom Danilo floors. Free-kick Argentina, directed at Pezzella ... who can't get his head to it.

25' 

It's all pretty quiet.

23' 

Clever Alisson decides to enjoy some possession, and Correa rushes him; he slips, but just manages to get rid.

22' 

Argentina are having much more of the ball than I expected them to. Brazil's problem, I guess, is that Coutinho is now in midfield, and he's doesn't do a whole lot bar score great goals.

20' 

Filipe Luis finds room down the left and crosses low, but Miranda blocks, and when the ball returns to him, his header is easily fielded by Romero.

19'

Paredes boots Neymar and is booked.

18' 

Saravia finds Lo Celso down the left and he sticks Correa down the side of the box, so Casemiro dunderheidedly shoves him over - as far as I could see. No penalty, reckons the ref.

16' 

Brazil are pushing again, Firmino finding Casemiro who flights football's equivalent of a cross-kick towards Danilo, tanking down the right. But it's just to high, and the ball whizzes off his head and behind.

14' 

Neymar swerves in a brilliant low cross, and Icardi does really well to poke it behind, facing his own goal; from the corner, Miranda heads well over the top.

13' 

Jesus teases Tagliafico, nipping inside then sliding outside; naturally, he is clumped to the gorund. Free-kick Brazil, right-hand side, 25 yards out.

12' 

This is a bit slow for my liking, which is another way of saying that someone needs to rattle someone.

11' 
10' 

There's not much in it, but Argentina are having more of the ball at the moment. They are, as I advised, looking to get it forward more quickly than Brazil, so are clearly reading this blog.

8'

Nice from Argentina, a long diag from Pezzella hitting Tagliafico, who volleys back inside, first time; Casemiro can't close it down, and Lo Cleso drives a left-footer just wide.

6' 

Neymar goes by Paredes, who crunches him and does well to avoid a booking.

5' 

Neymar gets the ball at left-back and immediately cuts infield to go forward, spreading wide. But Tagliafico is in and that's that for that attack.

5' 

Saravia and Dybala gang up on Neymar, who goes down and wins the free-kick.

4' 

Now Argentina have a go of the ball, but given a far less talented midfield, might want to get it forward quickly.

2' 

Eventually, Brazil get it out to Neymar, and he runs at Saravia who dispossesses him easily enough.

2' 

Assured possession from Brazil so far - I'm not sure Argentina have had a kick since kicking off.

1' 

Incidentally, there is VAR; in the event of a draw, there'll be penalties but not extra-time.

1'

Finally, we're away. For those watching in black and white, Argentina are in the blue and white stripes, Brazil in the yellow.

19:06 

Brazil are huddling. Don't hurry yourselves lads.

19:06 

My word. Get on with it!

19:04 

No one is in any kind of hurry here.

19:01 

Anthem time...

19:01 

A favourite occasion.

18:59 

There are flares and stuff in the ground, and here come the teams!

18:57 

We have pictures ... the players are in the tunnel...

18:54 

A toast ... to absent friends.

18:52 
18:50 

Looking again at this Brazil team, I expect they'll look to get the ball into Firmino and then play off him. The advantage of having Jesus in the team too is that they'll always have a presence in the box, and with Coutinho cutting about on the edge of it, options for when the first attempt doesn't work.

18:45 

Can a friendly be a superclásico? I suppose it can be a #Superclásico.

18:42 
18:38 

In other Brazil news, it seems that Rivaldo and Ronaldinho will no longer be so welcome as Barcelona - where they are greats - for their support of far-right presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro.

18:34 

Brazil, of course, are also without the injured, wonderful and occasional liability, Marcelo. Up there with the greatest left-backs ever and yet a problem you need to solve if he's in your team - how very strange.

18:30 
18:29 

There's a trophy at stake tonight as well as "bragging rights". Of course there is, why wouldn't there be? These two have beaten Saudi Arabia and Iraq, after all.

18:27 
18:23 

Something of which I'd not thought:

18:20 

So this is how Brazil will formate.

18:15 

I'm particularly looking forward to watching Arthur, who looks a proper player, and the kind that Brazil haven't had for quite some time - a passer able to control the tempo. also worth noting: both Jesus and Firmino start, which makes a lot of sense. Brazil had too many defensive players at the World Cup - Casemiro, plus a shift from the rest, should be plenty.

18:14 

No graphic for Brazil, but they line up like thus:

Alisson, Danilo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Casemiro, Arthur, Coutinho, Neymar, Firmino, Jesus.

18:11 

I was looking forward to seeing Roberto Pereyra play for his country, but he's got to make do with a spot on the bench. I wonder how good he can go on to become - he has most of what you'd want in an attacker.

18:07 

Missing from it are Messi and Aguero, neither of whom has retired from international football. So instead, the creative burden falls upon Paulo Dybala, while Mauro Icardi is intended to be the principal goalscorer. More than anything, though, we're waiting to see if they'll be less of a mess than they were in Russia.

18:06 

We're still waiting for the Brazil team, but here's Argentina's.

18:00 

Evening all, and welcome to perhaps the classic fixture in the footballing world. When these two meet, we're guaranteed something - we can never be sure what, but we can be entirely sure that it will be the opposite of nothing. On we go!