Many thought that this game would be a friendly match. Far from it…
For over a century, South American powerhouses Argentina and Brazil have shared a unique rivalry. This rivalry stems from success, as both teams have tried to outdo each other over the years.
Last night’s spectacle saw 36 fouls conceded in total, two yellow cards, and Brazilian player Gabriel Jesus stretchered off. Funnily enough the elbow to the face came from Manchester City team-mate Nicolas Otamendi.
While Brazil can boast more World Cups (5-2), Argentina hold bragging rights after their 1-0 win in front of over 95,000 people at the MCG.
It marks a debut win for new manager Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina’s third coach during their current World Cup Qualifying campaign. It was also Tite’s first loss as Brazilian manager, dominating every South American team in his path.
“It is very encouraging to beat Brazil because it is a classic for us,” said the former Sevilla manager.
“Winning against Brazil is very important.
You did not play a match just to meet, but to win.
“The players knew how to defend the jersey of the national team.”
Although Tite was disappointed with the loss to their rivals, he was pleased with their efforts.
“The first half was more balanced, with difficulty mainly on the left with Di Maria,” said Tite.
“We managed to neutralize Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi.”