Argentina vs. Brazil  2 - 1


International friendly: Argentina 2 Brazil 1

22 November 2012 05:18

Brazil defeated fierce rivals Argentina on penalties to win the Superclasico de las Americas in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

Five-time World Cup winners Brazil went into the second leg with a 2-1 advantage thanks to Paulinho's goal and a late penalty from Neymar in the first meeting between the teams.

Substitute and debutant Ignacio Scocco converted a penalty to put Argentina ahead on 82 minutes in the return fixture at Estadio Alberto Jacinto Armando.

Fred equalised for Brazil two minutes later, before Scocco netted again in the 90th minute to level the aggregate scores at 3-3.

The opening half failed to hit any great heights apart from chances to Neymar and Argentina's Juan Martinez.

Neymar, who netted the equaliser and missed a penalty in the closing stages against Colombia last week, surged through the midfield but was ultimately halted.

Argentina also had an opportunity to break the deadlock, however Scocco headed his ball just wide of the post.

Both sides, missing a host of regular players, struggled to create clear-cut chances and the game appeared destined for a goalless draw up until the 82nd minute.

Scocco was in the thick of the action again, making his way into the penalty box before the referee pointed to the spot after he was brought down.

And Scocco made no mistake with the resulting penalty, sending the ball past Diego Cavalieri.

The home side's lead lasted no more than two minutes as Fluminense attacker Fred levelled proceedings.

Fred's goal meant Brazil were ahead on aggregate but with only seconds remaining in the match, Scocco popped up again to ensure the game would be decided on spot kicks.

Argentina missed their opening two attempts and it proved costly, as Mano Menezes' men showed great composure to wrap up the match courtesy of Neymar's winning penalty.


International friendly preview: Argentina v Brazil

20 November 2012 07:18

Brazil will be out to secure their second straight Superclassic of the Americas title over Argentina when the rivals clash on Wednesday.

Brazil, who won the opening leg of the series 2-1 in Goiania in September, can clinch the trophy with a draw at La Bombonera Stadium in Buenos Aires.

Argentina, who lost last year's series 2-0 on aggregate, can force a penalty shootout with a win by one goal.

The teams, made up of South American-based players, were due to meet at Resistencia's Estadio Centenario in October but were unable to play because of a power failure.

Brazil coach Mano Menezes has named a strong side for the rescheduled fixture, with forwards Neymar and Leandro Damiao selected alongside domestic top scorer Fred.

Fred, who has netted 19 goals this season, scored twice in Fluminense's 3-2 win over Palmeiras that clinched their second Brazil Serie A title in three years on Sunday.

Other Fluminense players picked include defender Carlinhos, playmaker Thiago Neves, midfielder Jean and former Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri.

Brazil, who have qualified for the 2014 World Cup as hosts, are unbeaten in their past seven matches with six wins and one draw.

Argentina have enjoyed a similar vein of form, with the loss to Brazil their only defeat in 13 games since November 2011.

Former Liverpool attacker Maxi Rodriguez is the most notable inclusion for Argentina, who will have to make do with an inexperienced squad.

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