With a big crowd of fans attending the game in Saudi Arabia, Argentina’s senior national football team defeated Brazil 1-0 in a friendly on Friday, November 15th at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh.
Lionel Messi marked his return to international duty with Argentina when he struck the victory for his team against topflight Brazil after only 13 minutes from the start.
The Barcelona star was serving a three-month suspension by CONMEBOL for accusing South American football's ruling body of "corruption" after he was sent off in July's third-place play-off with Chile at the Copa America.
A penalty from Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was saved by the Argentinean goalkeeper only nine minutes from the start, four minutes before Messi struck his side’s goal.
Brazil were unable to snatch an equaliser, extending their winless run since capturing the Copa America title to five matches.
Friday’s crunch showdown between Brazil and Argentina is the second meeting between the two South American giants in Saudi Arabia in little over a year, as the Selecao defeated Argentina 1-0 in Jeddah in October 2018.
In the semi-finals of the 2019 Copa America, Brazil defeated Argentina 2-0 at home in a controversial match that left Messi complaining the hosts had benefited from favouritism.
Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates will host a friendly game between Brazil and South Korea in Abu Dhabi on November 19th, in their final game before South American qualifying starts for the 2022 World Cup in March.