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Brazil 0 Argentina 1: Lionel Messi scores in first international since July as Gabriel Jesus misses woeful – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk


LIONEL MESSI scored in his first international game since July as Gabriel Jesus missed an awful penalty as Argentina edged past Brazil.

TheManchester Citystriker, 22,slotted his early spot-kick way wide– much like in the 1-1 draw with Atalanta last week.

 Lionel Messi scored as Argentina beat Brazil in Saudi Arabia

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Lionel Messi scored as Argentina beat Brazil in Saudi ArabiaCredit: AP: Associated Press

 Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty as Brazil failed to get the best of their rivals

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Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty as Brazil failed to get the best of their rivalsCredit: AP: Associated Press

Messithen compounded Jesus’ misery by scoring the opener just minutes later in the friendly clash in Saudi Arabia.

As Argentina were awarded a penalty, the Barcelona star missed his effort, but tapped in the rebound to take the lead.

Brazil fielded a strong team including Philippe Coutinho, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Willian and Alisson but failed to overcome their rivals.

Argentina meanwhile hadTottenhamduo Giovani Lo Celso and Juan Foyth in their team, along with forgotten man at Man City Nicolas Otamendi.

But as it has been so often down the years, it was down to Messi to provide the real threat.

Alex Sandro was to blame for giving away the penalty for a blatant shirt tug, with Messi stepping up.

But his effort, fired into the bottom left, was saved by Alisson.

 Argentina celebrated as Messi gave them the lead against Brazil

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Argentina celebrated as Messi gave them the lead against BrazilCredit: AP: Associated Press

Unfortunately for theLiverpoolstopper, the ball bounced straight back to the Barca superstar who smashed the ball into the middle of the net.

Brazil chief Tite brought on Everton star Richarlison and new Real Madrid sensationRodrygoin a bid to get back on level terms.

But they were unable to have the desired impact as Argentina clung on for victory.

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