AS IT HAPPENED: Brazil break Argentina hearts with late win in Jeddah

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Brazil win the Superclasico Cup in Jeddah after beating Argentina. (Reuters)
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Brazil win the Superclasico Cup in Jeddah after beating Argentina. (Reuters)
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Neymar in action for Brazil in his nation's clash with Argentina in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
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Brazil and Argentina in action in their friendly encounter in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
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Brazil and Argentina in action in their friendly encounter in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
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The fans are making themselves heard, and the ground appears to be fully behind the Samba boys. (Reuters)
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Saudi Arabia is playing host to two giants of football, Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday evening. (Reuters)
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The attendance tonight looks very healthy, and some of the fans have even been letting off flares. Gives the stadium a bit of a South American feel, which will please the Brazilian and Argentine players. (Reuters)
Updated 16 October 2018

AS IT HAPPENED: Brazil break Argentina hearts with late win in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia played host to two giants of football, Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday evening, where the Samba Boys came out on top with a late winner from Miranda in the 93rd minute in Jeddah.

Read below to see how the game panned out...

FULL-TIME: Well, there it is. Brazil break Argentine hearts with a late goal and they claim the victory here in Jeddah. Not a classic, but good for Jeddah to play host to some of the game's biggest superstars.

90+3 MINUTES: GOAL - BRAZIL 1 ARGENTINA 0 - Miranda heads in ahead of Sergio Romero in the Argentina goal and gives Brazil a late, late winner! Brazil will win the Superclasico Cup here in Jeddah.

85 MINUTES: The game has definitely dropped in intensity, with both teams seem content for this to go beyond 90 minutes. We're in for a tense last few minutes...

71 MINUTES: CLOSE - Arthur has just had the best chace of the game, his powerful volley from a Neymar cross was directed under the crossbar with incredible power, but Sergio Romero in the Argentina goal makes an astonishing save. Definitely saw it late - stunner.

67 MINUTES: The attendance tonight looks very healthy, and some of the fans have even been letting off flares. Gives the stadium a bit of a South American feel, which will please the Brazilian and Argentine players.




The attendance tonight looks very healthy, and some of the fans have even been letting off flares. Gives the stadium a bit of a South American feel, which will please the Brazilian and Argentine players. (Reuters)

65 MINUTES: We've had a few substitutions here in Jeddah, with Dybala going off and Lautaro Martinez coming on for Argentina, with Richarlison replacing Gabriel Jesus for Brazil. Meanwhile, Neymar gets a yellow card - it matches his ridiculous haircut.

50 MINUTES: We're back out for the second half and we've got a stoppage in play here for a Danilo Silva injury, but Argentina have come out much better in this second half creating two decent chances and forcing a corner. Much better from the Argentines.

HALFTIME: BRAZIL 0 - ARGENTINA 0 - Brazil have forced more of the game, but both teams have been cagey in this first half. Let's hope they step it up in the second half to give the big crowd in attendance something to cheer about.




Neymar warming up in Jeddah before the Brazil v. Argentina clash. (AFP)

43 MINUTES: Brazil win a free kick in a very promising situation, and it looks perfect for a Neymar special. But the oddly-coiffeured Brazilian steps up and sends the free kick straight into the wall. A wasted opportunity.

35 MINUTES: A lull in the action, but the fans are making themselves heard, and the ground appears to be fully behind the Samba boys.




The fans are making themselves heard, and the ground appears to be fully behind the Samba boys. (Reuters)

31 MINUTES: CLOSE - Argentina's Paulo Dybala hits the ball in from a mid-range free kick, but the effort goes just wide of the right post.

29 MINUTES: HOW HAS HE NOT SCORED? Miranda gathers a nice lofted pass deep inside the Argentina box and attempts to put the ball low into the middle of the goal, but somehow his shot is kept out by a host of defending players.




Fans make a stunning tifo at the Jeddah stadium containing the Brazilian and Argentinian flags ahead of their clash in Saudi Arabia. (General Sports Authority)

20 MINUTES: There's a glimpse of the rivalry between these two nations, Brazil's Danilo commits a rough challenge and it's a free kick to Argentina. No love lost here.

15 MINUTES: Brazil are having the better of this game, with nearly two-thirds of possession and are looking the more dangerous here in Jeddah.




Saudi Arabia is playing host to two giants of football, Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday evening. (Reuters)

 


India beats New Zealand in 2nd T20, leads 5-match series 2-0

Updated 26 January 2020

India beats New Zealand in 2nd T20, leads 5-match series 2-0

  • New Zealand struggled to achieve any real momentum
  • The match raised further questions about the coaching and captaincy of the New Zealand team

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: K.L. Rahul made an unbeaten 57 Sunday to steer India to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the second Twenty20 international and to a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Rahul and Shreyas Iyer put on 86 for the third wicket as India cruised past New Zealand’s total of 132-5 with 2.3 overs to spare. Shivam Dube (13 not out) hit a six from the bowling of Tim Southeein in the 18th over to lift India to 135-3.
Iyer made 58 not out and Rahul 56 as India beat New Zealand by six wickets with an over to spare in the first match of the series.
New Zealand made 203-5 batting first in that match but on Sunday, on the same pitch, it struggled to achieve any real momentum. During the second match the pitch played much slower and India bowled expertly to restrict New Zealand’s total.
Martin Guptill made 33 in a 48-run opening partnership with Colin Munro and Tim Seifert made an unbeaten 33 at the end of the innings but New Zealand wasn’t able to reach a total that could stretch India’s deep batting lineup.
Rohit Sharma (8) and captain Virat Kohli (11) were out relatively cheaply but Rahul and Iyer (44) sped India toward a comprehensive victory.
Dube came to the crease shortly before the end and quickly brought the match to a conclusion.
“I think we backed up the first match with a very good performance today, especially with the ball,” Kohli said. “We demanded that the bowlers stood up and took control of what we wanted to do out there.
“I think our line and length and the way we wanted to bowl on that wicket, sticking to one side of the wicket and being shorter was a very good feature of us as a team and helped us restrict a very good New Zealand team.”
New Zealand’s total was inadequate, even on a slower pitch, and India almost toyed with the home side as it made its way to a comfortable win.
New Zealand named the same team that lost the first match of the series and batted after winning the toss, just as it batted when it was outplayed in the first match of the series.
The match raised further questions about the coaching and captaincy of the New Zealand team after its humiliating test series loss in Australia last month. New Zealand showed again Sunday it hasn’t the talent to compete with the best teams in the world.
“As a batting unit we probably needed another 15 or 20 to make that total more competitive,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. “But credit to the way the India side bowled, they’re a class side in all departments and they put us under pressure throughout that middle period.”