Argentina 1-0 Brazil: Lionel Messi's strike earns Albiceleste victory

The Barcelona skipper played well as his team beat their rivals in a friendly in Saudi Arabia

Messi marcó el único gol del partido
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Lionel Messi scored the winner as Argentina beat Brazil in Saudi Arabia on Friday, converting the rebound after his penalty was saved.

Javier Giraldo

@javiergiraldo

MATCH FACTS

Amistoso

BRA

0-1

ARG

Brasil

Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva (c), Militao, Sandro (Lodi, 63'), Casemiro (Wesley Morais, 85') Arthur (Fabinho, 54'), Paquetá (Coutinho, 45'), Gabriel Jesus (Richarlison, 70'), Willian (Rodrygo, 70') y Firmino.

Argentina

Andrada, Foyth, Otamendi, Pezzella,Tagliafico, De Paul (Nico Domínguez, 89'), Paredes (Guido Rodríguez, 82'), Lo Celso (Acuña, 58'), Ocampos (Nico González, 73'), Messi (c) y Lautaro Martínez (Alario, 87').

Gol

0-1, min. 13: Messi falla un lanzamiento de penalti pero aprovecha el rechace de Alisson para marcar.

Árbitro

Matthew Conger (Nueva Zelanda). Amonestó con amarilla a Casemiro (min. 21), Danilo (min. 26), De Paul (min. 42), Tagliafico (min. 61), Militao (min. 64) y Paredes (min. 72).

Incidencias

Partido amistoso disputado en el estadio King Saud University de Riad (Arabia Saudí) ante unos 22.541 espectadores.

The Argentine captain was making his first appearance since the summer when he was banned for three months after calling CONMEBOL corrupt.

Gabriel Jesus won and missed a penalty for Brazil, rolling it wide, before Messi’s opener in the 13th minute.

Alisson saved Messi’s effort after Alex Sandro felled the Barcelona No 10, but he followed it up and tucked the ball home.

Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina were well on top in the game and Brazil only managed one shot on target in the entire game.

By contrast Argentina looked better than at the Copa America in the summer - which Brazil won.

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