Lionel Messi's Argentina absence a pity for football Neymar

Brazil 1-0 Argentina Every player rated as Miranda gives the Selecao Superclasico glory

Starting XI: Brazil vs Argentina, 16 October 2018

Tite's Brazil host a Lionel Messi-less Argentina in an global friendly this evening - here is how the teams will line up!

"Adding the best in the world would be best for the future of the national team".

Paulo Dybala went close with a swerving free kick for Argentina from just outside the box a minute later and Leandro Paredes watched a long-range effort drift just wide early in the second half.

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 worldwide honour was an Olympic gold medal in 2008.

It looked as though the match would go all the way to penalties following an uneventful 90 minutes, but Miranda popped up in the third minute of stoppage time to seal the victory in the Superclasico mini-tournament.

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

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero will take up his place between the posts after recovering from a long-term injury problem. "And when playing against Brazil, even in a friendly, we still have to win and play our way, which is what the coach is asking of us".

"The team felt exhausted in the second half but I think we dominated our opponents, we played well and we got the goal at the end", said Brazil's Filipe Luis.

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. Let us know in the comments section below. "Our team has prepared for the match well and we hope to have a great game and win". He said it's a match "between two teams undergoing a renovation".

It extends Brazil's run to four wins in four games since they were knocked out the World Cup in the quarterfinals by Belgium.

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