Argentina has won bragging rights with a 1-0 victory over their neighboring rivals Brazil.
A tap in goal from Gabriel Mercado proved to be enough to clinch the win for La Albiceleste!
A full house at Melbourne’s iconic MCG, saw 95,569 people jam-packed in attendance. The fans created a carnival like atmosphere for South America’s two biggest nations.
Both teams paid their respects during a minute silence for the victims of the London attacks.
Whilst this game may have been a friendly, there was nothing friendly about the fiery challenges from two teams who share a 102 year old rivalry. It’s clear these guys just don’t like each other, as both teams had no problem laying the smack-down!
It was a game of back and forth early on, as both teams took their time to settle the nerves.
A nice counter attack saw Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ángel Di María through on goal, only to be denied by the woodwork!
Brazil had their opportunity on goal shortly after. A darting run from Chelsea forward Willian caught the Argentinians off-guard. Coutinho was played in 1-1 with the keeper, and surprisingly butchered a chance from point blank range.
Not long after, Manchester City fans would have been holding their breath after star striker Gabriel Jesus went down for a short period of time.
Di Maria was a cut above the rest in the first half, and almost scored after hitting a powerful first time volley at Brazilian goal-keeper Weverton.
Argentina received a slice of fortune, after Otamendi’s header hit the bar and rebounded in the path of Mercado.
Brazil then did the unthinkable, hitting the crossbar not once, but twice and from just metres out! This game’s fiery manner came to a brutal end, with Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus being stretchered off.
This may have been a friendly, but Brazilian fans at home won’t be happy losing to their long-term nemesis.