Brazil, the reigning Copa America champions, are in good form while Argentina are still experimenting with the right formula to get the best out of Lionel Messi.
Neymar is unavailable but Brazil are still able to call upon a raft of talent that should make for typically entertaining fare. Follow the latest from the game in Riyadh:
44 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina
You don’t see this very often. Lionel Messi dribbles free of the Brazil and defence but as he descends on the penalty area Alisson stands his ground and saves Messi’s shot low to his left. It’s rare that Messi would miss a chance like that.
41 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina
Argentina try a little raid themselves but it ends with Tagliafico dribbling the ball out of play.
37 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina
There’s been something of a lull in this one, as the game meanders towards half-time. Brazil are on top searching for an equaliser, but not searching particularly well, like my dad’s feeble attempts to find his glasses.
Ray Hudson is on commentary, by the way, and he’s absolutely spectacular. He just described giving the ball to Messi as handing the keys to the bloodbank to Dracula. What an image. Quite literally a bloodbath. He’s just compared Brazil and Argentina to the mongoose and the cobra. Not sure which is which but once again, a bloodbath.
29 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina
Paqueta has a whack at goal from just inside the box after good play from Willian down the left, but he pulls it wide.
Just had a look at a replay of the two penalties. Both were definitely fouls, for me, although you could argue both forwards could have stayed on their feet if they’d really wanted to. Both were terrible penalties really but Jesus’s is unforgivable, slid a good metre wide of the right-hand post having done the hard part in sending the goalkeeper on holiday in the other direction.
19 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina
Willian has just given the ball to Lionel Messi, which you would say is less than advisable, but it leads to very little.
15 min: Brazil 0-1 Argentina
A belting start to this one, then. Jesus wins a penalty and misses it. Messi wins a penalty and misses it, but he has the good sense to put it on target, and perhaps you earn your luck in this world.
Lionel Messi is tripped by Alex Sandro. There’s no doubt about it, and Messi will take it…
Penalty to Argentina!
10 min: Brazil 0-0 Argentina
Jesus was certainly tripped and it was a definite penalty, but wow, what a miss. He’s now scored four penalties in his career, five missed.
Gabriel Jesus misses! He sent the goalkeeper the wrong way with one of those shuffle-y, jumpy run-ups, before sliding the ball a long way wide of the right post.
Penalty to Brazil!
7 min: Brazil 0-0 Argentina
Jesus follows up a few minutes later with a chance on the angle but it’s tamely hit and easily collected by Andrada.
6 min: Brazil 0-0 Argentina
Oof, almost an outrageous mistake by Andrada, who pretty much tackles his own defender and then is nearly tackled himself by Jesus, but he manages to win a goalkick from the situation when it could have gone badly wrong.
3 min: Brazil 0-0 Argentina
Esteban Andrada has started brightly, the Boca goalkeeper, spraying balls to Argentina’s flanks like a midfielder.
When is it?
The match kicks off on Friday 15th November at 5pm (GMT), or 8pm local time.
How can I watch it?
The match will not be shown on UK television but you can watch it on Fanatiz or beIN SPORTS in the United States.
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