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Brazil’s Neymar, left, kicks the ball challenged by Argentina’s Pablo Zabaleta, center, and Nicolas Otamendi during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)

Brazil beat Argentina

JEDDAH. — Brazil snatched a dramatic injury-time winner over Argentina with a header from Miranda in their international friendly soccer match in front of a sell-out crowd in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday.

The Inter Milan player was left all alone to thump in the 93rd-minute header from Neymar’s corner when the match between the fierce South American rivals seemed destined for a stalemate.

The lapse spoiled an otherwise strong defensive performance from Argentina, who contained Brazil for long periods.

With Neymar to the fore, Brazil exerted late pressure and could have scored in the few minutes before Miranda struck.

Casemiro came close with a 25-meter free kick manufactured by Neymar that flew past Romero’s left post. Then Nicolas Otamendi stuck out a boot to deflect a diverted shot from Richarlison in the last minute.

Argentina’s best chance came during a period of pressure around the hour mark, when Paredes hit a swerving, dipping drive that had Brazil keeper Alisson beaten. Missing from Argentina’s line-up were Manchester City’s in-form forward Sergio Aguero, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi.

Source :

The Herald

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