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Brazil vs Argentina: Miranda's injury-time header hands Tite's side victory against South American rivals

Re-live all the action from the King Abdullah Sports City stadium

Michael Jones
Tuesday 16 October 2018 21:34
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Neymar will grace the Emirates this evening
Neymar will grace the Emirates this evening

Miranda snatched a stoppage time victory for Brazil against Argentina on a sweltering night in Saudi Arabia at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.

The experienced Inter Milan centre-back angled his header into the net at the near post from a corner to secure victory from what was otherwise a relatively drear affair.

Brazil fielded a strong line-up including Neymar, Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino yet they failed to take flight against an Argentinian team deprived of its artillery - Lionel Mesi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria all missing out on the final leg in the country's Middle Eastern expedition.

Despite the defeat, Lionel Scaloni, Argentina's interim manager, may be the happier of the two managers after his team's gritty performance against a fuller-strength side. Perhaps, Argentina's national team are finally emerging from their protracted dark spell.

Relive all the action below:

What time does it start?

Brazil vs Argentina starts at 7:00pm BST at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday 16 October.

Where can I watch it?

FreeSports TV will be showing live coverage on Freeview channel 95, Sky 422 and BT 95. The Independent's dedicated live blog will also keep you up to date.

What are the teams?

Brazil squad: Alisson, Phelipe, Ederson; Danilo, Miranda, Militao, Sandro, Pablo, Marquinhos, Fabinho, Luis; Casemiro, R. Augusto, Coutinho, Arthur, Walace, Fred; Richarlison, Jesus, Neymar, Malcom, Firmino, Lucas.

Argentina squad: Romero, Herrera, Rulli; Kannemann, Tagliafico, Bustos, Pezzella, Acuna, Funes Mori, Otamendi, Saravia, Foyth; Paredes, Pereyra, Meza, Ascacibar, Battaglia, Salvio, Lo Celso, Cervi, Vazquez, De Paul; Icardi, Correa, Simeone, Dybala, Martinez.

Odds

Brazil to win: 4/7

Argentina to win: 5/1

Draw: 5/2

Prediction

Brazil 2-1 Argentina

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Welcome!

Good evening and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Argentina vs Brazil.

This friendly concludes these side's tours of the Middle East, and what a way to finish it!

Brazil beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 last week, but manager Tite is demanding a better performance, especially against their South American rivals.

"We were not convincing . We won because he had creativity up front and that was it," he said.  "Brazil versus Argentina is never a friendly. We hope to be better for that."

We'll be bringing you team news and the latest build-up from 17:45

Jack Watson16 October 2018 16:33
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South America's classico kicks off in an hour's time ending the tour of the Middle East for both sides.

It's being played at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah which is one heck of a stadium.

The contest shouldn't be too shabby either...

Michael Jones16 October 2018 18:01
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"It's a classic, I'm sure for every football lover it's a good game to watch." - Neymar out speaks out about the friendly clash between Argentina and Brazil

Michael Jones16 October 2018 18:06
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Team news: Here's how Argentina line up tonight 

Michael Jones16 October 2018 18:09
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Team news: Brazil's starting XI 

Michael Jones16 October 2018 18:19
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Argentina have faced Brazil in 106 matches Brazil winning 40, Argentina 38 and 26 times it has been a draw. 

Not much difference then between the two sides although Argentina have scored more goals in the fixture; 170 compared to Brazil's 16.

Last time the two sides met was in another international friendly in Melbourne (2017), where Argentina won 1-0. 

Michael Jones16 October 2018 18:38
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And this is what they'll be playing for... 

Michael Jones16 October 2018 18:39
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10 minutes until kick off. who's your money on?

Michael Jones16 October 2018 18:50
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Brazil 0 - 0 Argentina

After what seems like the two longest national anthems ever, we're off! Argentina start the match and give away a free kick.

Michael Jones16 October 2018 19:07
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3 mins: Brazil 0 - 0 Argentina

Saravia does well against Neymar at right back, taking the ball off him before running with it. He runs out of room and sends the ball out of play. 

Michael Jones16 October 2018 19:10

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