Lionel Messi leads Argentina to win over Brazil in Saudi Arabia friendly

Lionel Messi leads Argentina to win over Brazil in Saudi Arabia friendly

Lionel Messi’s solitary first-half goal was enough for Argentina to get the better of their old foe Brazil in Saudi Arabia.

Brazil had the first clear opportunity when Gabriel Jesus earned a penalty, but the Manchester City forward registered the fifth missed penalty of his young career, steering the ball wide of the post having sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Messi earned a penalty of his own a few minutes later when Alex Sandro tripped him in the box, although the contact appeared minimal. Messi got up to take the kick himself and although Alisson Becker saved his initial shot, the Liverpool keeper couldn’t hold on to the ball and it squirmed loose for Messi to tap home.

Argentina were forced to dig deep at times in the second half although they also missed chances to wrap up the match. Re-live the game in Riyadh:


Full-time! Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Not a thriller by any means but a decent and hard-fought contest nonetheless. Lionel Messi is the match-winner, which is odd because you could argue he dived to win a penalty which he then missed, but he reacted sharply to finish the rebound and that was enough for Argentina to beat their old foes, with a dogged second-half display to close it out. That’s all from us, thanks for joining.

Coutinho, on from the bench, will try to find something with a late corner….


89 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Martinez is replaced by Alario.

86 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Messi crosses for Otamendi at the far post but the centre-half is unusually wayward with his header.

81 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Martinez had a great chance to seal the deal for Argentina but missed with the goal gaping. Will he regret that?

80 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Argentina are on top and right now look more likely to extend their lead than Brazil do to equalise. Messi links play beautifully again to eventually set up Tagliafico, but he misses the target.


74 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Some feisty tackles coming in. Parades is booked, and becomes the sixth player to see yellow, while Tagliafico times a hard one perfectly.


A number of subs coming on here, among them Everton’s Richarlison and Real Madrid’s Rodrygo for Brazil, replacing Jesus and Willian.

66 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Messi goes close with a long free-kick, Alisson tipping the ball over the bar. It’s fair to say that Messi’s free-kick was probably closer to going in than his penalty.


62 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Militao scythes down Messi and he’s the latest player in the book.

56 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Argentina almost create something on the counter-attack, but Lionel Messi is stopped at the last moment.

Otamendi is being looked at on the touchline, but is OK to continue.

50 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Jesus has another opportunity but can’t quite make room enough for a shot. A moment later he feeds Willian on the edge of the box and he produces some typically quick footwork before drilling a shot straight into Otamendi. In the following tussle for the ball, Otamendi lands awkwardly on his shoulder.

Lionel Messi, by the way, now has 69 international goals, a solid 29 behind his old friend Cristiano Ronaldo who scored a hat-trick last night.


We are back under way in Saudi Arabia.

The players are in the tunnel getting ready for the second half…


Half-time: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Fun half, for the most part, and Messi’s rebound from a saved penalty is the difference.

44 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

You don’t see this very often. Lionel Messi dribbles free of the Brazil and defence but as he descends on the penalty area Alisson stands his ground and saves Messi’s shot low to his left. It’s rare that Messi would miss a chance like that.

41 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

Argentina try a little raid themselves but it ends with Tagliafico dribbling the ball out of play.

37 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina

There’s been something of a lull in this one, as the game meanders towards half-time. Brazil are on top searching for an equaliser, but not searching particularly well, like my dad’s feeble attempts to find his glasses.


When is it?

The match kicks off on Friday 15th November at 5pm (GMT), or 8pm local time.

How can I watch it?

The match will not be shown on UK television but you can watch it on Fanatiz or beIN SPORTS in the United States.


Brazil 6/5

Draw 2/1

Argentina 21/10

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