Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Miranda scores stoppage-time victor as Brazil beat rivals Argentina

Miranda scores stoppage-time victor as Brazil beat rivals Argentina

It was the 105th time the South American arch-rivals have faced each other in an official match, with Brazil marginally ahead on 41 wins to 38, with 26 draws.

Argentina are one of only two teams to have beaten Brazil since Tite took over as the manager in 2016, but without Lionel Messi, who is taking a sabbatical from worldwide football, they rarely troubled their neighbours.

"I would love Messi to be here because that would give us a boost in quality", said Romero, back in the Argentina squad following a knee injury that prevented him from featuring in two friendlies in September.

In-form Juventus star Paulo Dybala could be Argentina's danger man for the clash, despite the 24-year-old having failed to score for his country thus far.

Manchester City will nearly certainly be without right-back Danilo for Sunday's match against Burnley after he was forced to go off injured for Brazil against Argentina on Tuesday night. "We have to make the most of Messi for a long time. Hopefully he's just taking a rest", added Romero.

"Every time Argentina play, we have to win".

"Here we have a new group of players and we'll try to do our best for the team".

The away side is also unbeaten since their disappointing showing at the tournament, beating Guatemala and Iraq, and drawing with Colombia.

The defeat was the first in four games for Lionel Scaloni, the interim coach who replaced Jorge Sampaoli after the Russia World Cup. Brazil defeated the United States of America 2-0 in early September before beating El Salvador, 5-0, and, most recently, Saudi Arabia, 2-0.

The Inter Milan centre-half rose highest to nod home a corner from Neymar to secure a scrappy win for the Brazilians.

"A lot of players were in their first Superclasico, they will achieve great things", he said.

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