Brazil defeat Argentina 1-0 in friendly match in Jeddah

Starting XI: Brazil vs Argentina, 16 October 2018

Miranda: "I Hope To Be Playing At A High Level As Long As Possible"

Brazil edged past a Lionel Messi-less Argentina 1-0 in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday courtesy of Miranda's 93rd-minute victor.

Brazil have earned the bragging rights in the South American El Clasico courtesy of a late victory over fierce rivals Argentina at the King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia this evening.

But while Brazil named a strong team including Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino alongside Neymar in attack, Argentina were without a host of top stars, including Lionel Messi.

He may be 34, but Miranda, whose career has also seen him play in France and Spain, says he is far from done in the yellow shirt of Brazil.

This will be Luis Scaloni's toughest test yet since taking over as Argentina's caretaker boss, and the manager will be without Messi, who has not featured for his country since the tournament in Russian Federation.

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Indeed, it was Scaloni's side that created the first opening when Nicolas Tagliafico's volleyed cross picked out Giovani Lo Celso on the edge of the box, but he dragged his finish wide of the target.

Brazil's best chance fell to Miranda and his effort was cleared off the line by Otamendi.

Argentina's best chance came during a period of pressure around the hour mark, when Leandro Paredes hit a swerving, dipping drive that had Brazil keeper Alisson beaten.

It looked as though an underwhelming contest was destined for penalties until the 93rd minute, when some non-existent marking saw Argentina throw the game away.

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