Argentina played Brazil in a friendly match which ended 1-0 in the favour of the former. The only goal of the game came from Lionel Messi, who scored from a rebound after his penalty was saved by Alisson.
Both sides had chances to score with Argentina being better in this regard than their South American rivals but some poor finishing didn’t allow that. With that in mind, here are the three things that we learned from this match…
3. Lionel Messi Had a Poor Game
Even though his name was on the scoresheet, it was a game to forget for the Argentine superstar. He failed to score from a penalty and could only poke the ball in from the rebound.
He also had a shot saved after having only Alisson to beat and was easily nullified throughout the game. The Barcelona captain has been in great form at club level but wasn’t able to display that for Argentina last night on his return from a three-month ban.
2. Very Physical Affair
While a South American classic like Argentina versus Brazil is supposed to be an affair that oozes flair and charisma from the word go, the match last night was an incredibly physical affair, to say the least.
Argentina conceded 26 fouls while Brazil were penalised 15 times. Quite shockingly, no red cards were shown but six players were cautioned throughout the match. Coaches of club sides that had their players taking part in this game would have had their hearts in in their mouths while witnessing this brutal match, hoping no one gets hurt.
1. Both Teams Were Wasteful
Brazil had six shots and only one of them hit the target. They also failed to create any significant chances and were bullied out of the final third in most scenarios. Argentina, meanwhile, had eight of their 14 shots on target but only scored a single goal – and that, too, came from a rebound after they failed to score from a penalty.
La Albiceleste had plenty of chances to put the game to bed but either shot it straight at Alisson or sent the ball into orbit. It might just have been a friendly match but it goes to show that both teams were not at their best.
Argentina won against Brazil in the Super Clasico and here are the three things that we learned from it