No Messi but Argentina 'have to' beat Brazil

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Argentina face Brazil in a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, and Neymar had hoped to be facing his former Barcelona teammate.

It has been a year of disappointment and recrimination in terms of the Argentine national football team and Brazil will look to take advantage of that instability, with their settled group of extremely talented players.

Tite's side pushed and pushed as the match ticked towards full time, with a powerful Arthur volley troubling Romero 20 minutes from time and with Richarlison provoking another block from Otamendi as the match entered stoppage time.

Yet Argentina couldn't hold on for a draw, with Miranda popping up to make it four wins from four since Brazil's World Cup exit. For a new-look Argentina, Lautaro Martinez found the net along with Roberto Pereyra, Germán Pezzella, and Franco Cervi. Meanwhile, Argentina have won five of their 10 games in 2018, losing three and drawing two.

He further added, talking about the future for the Albiceleste, "We are trying to create something for the future for Argentina". The likes of Alisson, Danilo and Miranda are all likely to come back into the team, while Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho should all start.

SCALONI has confirmed that both Paulo DYBALA and Mauro ICARDI will start for Argentina.

Inter and Brazilian worldwide defender Miranda spoke at a press conference ahead of the Selecao's friendly against rivals Argentina.

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Brazil have failed to win just twice in 2018 and are unlikely to add to that tally before the end of the global break.

Argentina is back in action Tuesday after defeating Iraq 4-0 in a friendly competition last week.

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The Brazilian forward did not score last time out against Saudi Arabia but did show his creative side, recording assists for both goals.

Neymar has been in phenomenal form for his club side Paris Saint-Germain this season and will be looking to carry it over against bitter rivals Argentina.

But don't expect Neymar to go another game without a goal, with the forward last going two consecutive matches for Brazil without scoring in 2017.

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