Brazil 0-1 Argentina LIVE score updates as Gabriel Mercado puts Lionel Messi and Co ahead in Melbourne
Meet for friendly in Melbourne
Brazil and Argentina meet in Melbourne in a friendly on Friday morning
Lionel Messi will play but Brazil are without his Barcelona team-mate Neymar
New Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli takes charge of his first game
Argentina starting XI: Romero, Maidana, Otamendi, Mercado, Gomez, Banega, Biglia, Messi, Dybala, Di Maria, Higuain
Brazil starting XI: Weverton; Fagner, Silva (c), Gil, F.Luis; Paulinho, Fernandinho, Augusto; Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Willian
Gabriel Mercado put Argentina ahead just before half-time after Higuain header
Brazil vs Argentina live online: international friendly
Don’t miss a minute of Brazil vs Argentina live online, international friendly. Today at 12:05 (CET) in the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Brazil vs Argentina live online: match preview
The two heavyweights of South American football meet in Australia on Friday as Jorge Sampaoli takes charge of his first match as Argentina manager.
The sides last met in November 2016, when Neymar, Coutinho, and Paulinho found the net in a comfortable 3-0 win for Brazil, a result that was a further nail in the coffin of former-Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza.
Willian, of Chelsea and Brazil, has stated that ‘there are no friendlies with Argentina’. It is sure to be a match with as much bite as quality.
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Brazil: team news
Tite will be without star-man Neymar for the clash in Melbourne, having opted to spare the Barcelona winger the long trip to Melbourne. Roberto Firmino, Marquinhos, Dani Alves, and Marcelo will also not be involved, with the latter two having faced eachother in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Yet Brazil still have a deep well of talent to draw from. Gabriel Jesús will be keen to make an impression, having recovered from injury to end the Premier League season strongly for Manchester City.
City’s most recent acquisition, goalkeeper Ederson, could feature between the sticks.
Argentina: team news
Jorge Sampaoli does not have a great deal of time to mould this Argentina team; La Albiceleste face a crucial run of World Cup qualifiers later in the summer. As such, this match will provide an important opportunity to tinker with a 3-3-3-1 formation, and work on the ‘high press’ that gave his Chile side such success.
Lionel Messi is expected to play, and he will also be available to face Uruguay in August, after his four-match ban for abusing a referee was rescinded. He should feature alongside Juventus’ Paolo Dybala, which is a prospect that excites Sampaoli:
“Messi and Dybala are both great players in their own right, and these type of games give us the opportunity to test their compatibility and know whether they can work together”
Brazil vs Argentina live online: possible line ups
Brazil XI: Ederson; Fágner, Thiago Silva, Gil, Filipe; Fernandinho; Paulinho, Renato Augusto, Coutinho, Willian; Gabriel Jesús.
Argentina XI: Romero; Mercado, Mammana, Otamendi; Gómez, Biglia, Banega; Dybala, Messi, Di María; Higuaín.
Brazil vs Argentina live online: odds and betting
Mauro Icardi is in from the cold, and the Inter striker is at 6/4 to score at any time.