Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Miranda silences Argentina with last-gasp winner

Miranda silences Argentina with last-gasp winner

Manchester City defender Danilo left the field in tears during Brazil's 1-0 win over Argentina in Saudi Arabia as he handed Pep Guardiola an injury blow.

Yet Argentina couldn't hold on for a draw, with Miranda popping up to make it four wins from four since Brazil's World Cup exit.

The defeat was the first in four games for Lionel Scaloni, the interim coach who replaced Jorge Sampaoli after the Russia World Cup.

Tite's move to unite Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus in a front three promised plenty on paper, but in execution the trio lacked any kind of coherence. Miranda should have put Brazil 1-0 up in the 28th minute when a Casemiro cross fell at his feet but his scuffed shot was blocked on the line by Nicolás Otamendi.

The first-half finished goalless with a few chances in the match as both sides lined up with different faces in Super-clasico.

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Two-time champion Justin Thomas found form in the final round, carding an eight-under 64 to climb into a tie for fifth. Three players finished a distant second: Those would be Emiliano Grillo , Chesson Hadley and Bronson Burgoon .

An early chance for La Albiceleste at the start of the second half hinted at more entertainment to come, with Lo Celso meeting Correa's cross from the right and forcing a routine save from Alisson.

November's friendly matches will bring only one opponent, Mexico, as the two nations will play twice in Argentina.

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.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Argentina FA made it clear that they will not give any player the No 10 jersey in their hopes of convincing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to make a return to global duty.

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