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)

 


New Zealand maintains Pakistan cricket training ban as coronavirus cases rise

Updated 04 December 2020

New Zealand maintains Pakistan cricket training ban as coronavirus cases rise

  • Ten people among the 53-member tour party have tested positive for COVID-19 while completing two weeks of isolation in Christchurch
  • Team members were confined to their rooms when the first cases emerged last week but had hoped to resume training before finishing their stint in isolation

Wellington: New Zealand health officials refused to lift a ban on Pakistan’s coronavirus-hit cricket team training during quarantine on Friday after the touring party’s number of infections climbed to 10.
The team were confined to their rooms when the first cases emerged last week but had hoped to resume training before finishing their stint in isolation on Tuesday.
However, health chiefs said the risk of further infections was too great. Ten people among the 53-member tour party have tested positive for COVID-19 while completing two weeks of isolation in Christchurch.
“I have very carefully considered this situation,” director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement.
“At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad.”
The decision means that Pakistan’s cricketers will have only 10 days to prepare for their first tour match, a Twenty20 international in Auckland on December 18, and probably less when travel is factored in.
Bloomfield said the decision was prompted by the number of active cases detected among the squad.
“Public health considerations will continue to be foremost in our response to COVID-19, whether this involves individuals or teams,” he said.
“We appreciate the challenges that this decision will have for the touring team.”
Bloomfield issued the team with a “final warning” last week for flouting social distancing protocols at their hotel and no further breaches have been reported since.
The tourists arrived in New Zealand on November 24 and are scheduled to play three T20s and two Tests.
New Zealand has largely eradicated community transmission of coronavirus, recording just 1,713 cases and 25 deaths in a population of five million.