Argentina 1-0 Brazil

Argentina 1-0 Brazil in a friendly on Nov. 17th. Sergio Batista celebrated his recent confirmation as Argentina boss by overseeing the country’s first victory over Brazil in six attempts, a barren run stretching back over five years. Argentina’s matchwinner in Qatar was Lionel Messi, who did his standing with Albiceleste fans a power of good by scoring the only goal of the game in stoppage time. Linking up to great effect with Javier Pastore throughout the match, the Barcelona man had already gone close on a couple of occasions when a cute one-two with Ezequiel Lavezzi near the halfway line had him bearing down on the Auriverde rearguard once more. Evading the attentions of two back-tracking defenders, the fleet-footed Messi fashioned some space for himself on the left side of the box before placing a precise cross-shot into the back of the net. Messi’s star turn overshadowed a fine first-half display by Brazilian prodigy Neymar, while playmaker Ronaldinho, who acquitted himself well on his return to A Seleção, went close with a well-aimed free-kick.

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