Messi scores for Argentina

Messi scores for Argentina

Messi scores for Argentina

Argentina and Brazil faced off on Friday in an worldwide friendly at King Saud University Stadium in Saudi Arabia, and while it was a game filled with some of the world's best players, it wasn't the greatest of displays when it came to finishing.

The 32-yr-outdated was banned for a few months by CONMEBOL immediately after criticising the South American governing human body, both of those soon after the semi-final reduction and a 3rd-place participate in-off gain over Chile in which he was despatched off pursuing an altercation with Gary Medel.

Messi netted the only goal of the game at the King Saud University Stadium on 13 minutes, tapping home the rebound after his penalty was saved by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson.

Brazil found a chance to hit the front on nine minutes though Jesus failed to profit from the penalty mark after going down under a challenge in the danger area.

Two minutes later Argentina were awarded a penalty of their own when Messi was tripped by Alex Sandro. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker saved Messi's place-kick, but the Barcelona forward was left with a uncomplicated undertaking to tap in the rebound.

Good work by Willian on the left flank created a chance for Lucas Paqueta, but he dragged his shot wide.

Argentina was the sharper team in attack with 14 shots and eight on goal, while Brazil managed just one shot on goal the entire game as Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino and Willian led the attack.

Messi edged closer to a double seven minutes later when his free-kick went over the wall and dipped under the crossbar, requiring Alisson to tip over for a corner kick.

Lautaro Martínez and Nicolás Otamendi squandered the last opportunities to make the game safe for Argentina, which plays against Uruguay in Israel on Monday, a day before Brazil faces South Korea in Abu Dhabi.

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