Miranda scores injury-time victor as Brazil edge Argentina in friendly tournament


Miranda's goal came from close range with him unmarked at a corner delivered by Neymar, following a period of unconvincing pressure.

Messi sat out Argentina's last three matches, all friendlies, since the country's disappointing last-16 elimination from the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Giovani Lo Celso and Paulo Dybala came close to scoring for Argentina but Scaloni, who picked a young, relatively inexperienced side at worldwide level, insisted the all-round performance of the team bodes well for the future.

"The more you play, the more experience you have and will know the time to decide a match or go forward. And when playing against Brazil, even in a friendly, we still have to win and play our way, which is what the coach is asking of us".

Argentina have not missed Messi too much so far, beating Iraq 4-0 in Riyadh on Thursday, having beaten Guatemala 3-0 in September, when they also drew 0-0 with Colombia.

Lionel Scaloni as coach of Argentina.

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Brazil started with their full-throttled team that included Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus alongside Neymar in the attack.

Icardi is looking to the future and making Argentina a big force in world football: "The team is getting ready to look for something important, something that is needed for this new era".

"Scoring a goal against Argentina is always gratifying and always exciting", Miranda said.

The defender had also had an earlier effort cleared off the line by Nicolas Otamendi, and according to ESPN, fellow defender Filipe Luis said: 'The team felt exhausted in the second half but I think we dominated our opponents. They went toe to toe against a team which has worked together a lot longer than we did. "Here, we're giving opportunities to youngsters".

The closest Argentina came to a goal was a Paulo Dybala free-kick that cleared the crossbar by a foot.