Lionel Messi was very inspirational in Argentina’s triumph over rivalries Brazil in the Superclasico de las Americas clash in Riyadh on Friday evening, as the Barcelona Super Stars converted a 13’ minute penalty to win the game for Albiceleste.
Brazil and Argentina welcomed each other to the Saudi University Stadium for the Super Classico in Saudi Arabia. Brazil boss Tite paraded Alisson Danilo, Militao, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro, Casemiro, Arthur, Paqueta, Jesus, Willian and Firmino in what looked like a strong Brazil eleven against Argentina, in search of a win in their last five games.
Lionel Scaloni on the hand opted for most of his starters in the 2019 Copa America, which means Brazil defense would have fight against Argentina’s leading three men of Ocampos, Lautaro Martinez and Messi who was returning from a ban.
Brazil got the better off their opponents inside 10 minutes of the game, winning a penalty after Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus was brought down by German Pezzella.
Jesus step in front to send Argentina keeper Esteban Andrada the wrong way but the ball failed to enter the net.
Few minutes later, Alex Sandro fouled Messi in Brazil 12-yard box for a penalty. Messi step forward to hit the kick, but his initial kick was saved by Alisson Becker, before the Barcelona striker tapped in the rebound to send Argentina 1-0 up on the 13’ minute.
Both teams could have score to change the score line but Brazil and Argentina failed to keep their composure to burry some clear cut one-on-one moments.
The win comes in style as Argentina claim the bragging right in America Superclassico clash and the Albiceleste record a little revenge for their defeat to Slecao in the Copa America semi-finals back in June.