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Argentina 0-2 Brazil

Diego Tardelli
Diego Tardelli's goals were his first for Brazil

Diego Tardelli scored twice as Brazil beat Argentina to win the Superclasico de las Americas in Beijing.

Brazil, who included Barcelona's Neymar in their side, took the lead on 28 minutes when Diego Tardelli volleyed in his first international goal.

Argentina's Lionel Messi had a penalty saved, before Tardelli sealed victory with a second-half header.

This was Brazil's third successive win as they look to rebuild following their 7-1 World Cup humiliation by Germany.

Argentina's Lionel Messi saw a first-half penalty saved, his third miss from the spot in his last four attempts
Lionel Messi had a first-half penalty saved, his third miss from the spot in his past four attempts

Dunga, who replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil coach after the World Cup, took a squad to China which featured a blend of youth and experience.

Kaka, 32, and 30-year-old Robinho, who both failed to make Brazil's World Cup squad, were among the substitutes in Beijing.

Neymar, whose World Cup came to a premature end after he fractured a bone in his spine, retained his place in the starting XI.

However, the 22-year-old Barcelona forward struggled to make an impression, notably scuffing a weak effort wide after being sent clear.

Instead it was Atletico Mineiro striker Tardelli who made the biggest impression, opening the scoring with a volleyed finish after Argentina failed to clear.

Messi, like Barcelona team-mate Neymar, failed to really impose himself throughout the contest, but should have levelled just before the break.

After Manchester United's Angel Di Maria was fouled inside the area, Messi's weak penalty was easily saved by Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson.

Tardelli made no such mistake, heading powerfully home on 64 minutes to seal victory for Brazil.

As the clock ticked down, Kaka came on for his first international appearance since March 2013, while former Manchester City forward Robinho was also brought on.

Argentina forward Lionel Messi:

"We always try to win but today we couldn't. It was a match defined by our two mistakes.

"The error for the first goal and the penalty were crucial. If I had converted, it could have changed the game."

Brazil coach Dunga:

"Brazil are the best team in the world with a great tradition.

"We have no big players, we are now acting as one team. The whole team is evolving, including me."

The game was played in Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium
The game was played in Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium
Brazil
The win was Brazil's third in succession under new coach Dunga
Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 in Beijing
Both sides fielded several Premier League players, including Tottenham's Erik Lamela (left) and Chelsea's Willian (right)

Line-ups

Argentina

  • 1Romero
  • 4Zabaleta
  • 17FernandezBooked at 50mins
  • 15Demichelis
  • 16Rojo
  • 23PereyraSubstituted forPérezat 76'minutes
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 47mins
  • 18LamelaSubstituted forPastoreat 60'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 11AgüeroSubstituted forHiguaínat 60'minutes
  • 7Di María

Substitutes

  • 2Vergini
  • 3Vangioni
  • 5Gago
  • 6Otamendi
  • 8Pérez
  • 9Higuaín
  • 12Marchesín
  • 13Roncaglia
  • 19Banega
  • 20Gaitán
  • 21Guzmán
  • 22Pastore

Brazil

  • 1Jefferson
  • 2DaniloBooked at 40mins
  • 3Miranda
  • 4David LuizBooked at 19minsSubstituted forNascimento Silvaat 90'minutes
  • 6Filipe Luis
  • 22Mendes Trindade
  • 17Luiz Gustavo
  • 19Willian
  • 11Oscar
  • 10NeymarSubstituted forRobinhoat 90+6'minutes
  • 9Tardelli MartinsSubstituted forKakáat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Borges Monteiro
  • 7Robinho
  • 8De Souza Dias
  • 12Barbosa
  • 13Nunes Jesus
  • 14Nascimento Silva
  • 15Dodô
  • 16Figueira Fernandes
  • 18de Barros Ribeiro
  • 20Kaká
  • 21Coutinho
  • 23Grohe
Referee:
Fu Ming

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamBrazil
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Argentina 0, Brazil 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Argentina 0, Brazil 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Robinho replaces Neymar because of an injury.

Delay in match Luiz Gustavo (Brazil) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elías (Brazil).

Attempt saved. Neymar (Brazil) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina).

Miranda (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Gil replaces David Luiz because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Luiz (Brazil) because of an injury.

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

Willian (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

Willian (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. David Luiz (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Federico Fernández (Argentina).

Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Kaká replaces Diego Tardelli.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Luiz Gustavo with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Pastore with a cross.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Jefferson.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luiz Gustavo (Brazil).

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Enzo Pérez replaces Roberto Pereyra.

Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Argentina).

Filipe Luis (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina).

Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Miranda.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Filipe Luis (Brazil).

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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