Brazil beat Argentina to claim Superclasico de las Americas
Published 29/09/2011 | 08:28
BRAZIL lifted the trophy of the Superclasico de las Americas with a 2-0 win over Argentina.
Second half goals from Lucas and Neymar helped the Selecao claim a deserved win in Belem, following a goalless draw in the first leg of the friendly tie in Cordoba, Argentina.
Both sides played with local-based players as it was not a date FIFA set aside for international duty.
Brazil had the best opportunities to score and Argentina were forced to play defensively at the Estadio Mangueirao.
In the 13th minute, Neymar shot from outside the box and Argentina keeper Agustin Orion saved with his left hand, while Neymar failed to finish.
Eight minutes after the interval, from an Argentina corner kick, Lucas broke away and opened the scoring with a right-foot shot.
Brazil kept pressing and managed to double the lead in the 75th minute, when Bruno Cortes passed to Diego Souza.
He crossed from the left and despite the attempts of Orion and defender Emiliano Papa to clear, Neymar was able to finish.
Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson saved a powerful right-foot shot from defender Ivan Pillud.
Argentina suffered their first defeat under recently-appointed boss Alejandro Sabella, who claimed friendly wins over Venezuela and Nigeria before the 0-0 draw with Brazil in the first leg of this tie.
Neymar told Globoesporte.com that he was delighted by the fans' support: "They were wonderful. They cheered since the national anthem.
"I think even the Argentinians were shocked. We tried to pay back all the love they brought to us."
Argentina defender Leandro Desabato told Telefe TV: "Brazil played very well. In the second half we made the game even.
"With a counter-attack, they won the game. We are happy with the second half. Playing this way is not easy, as in Argentina we've been playing games in three or four days."
Sabella added: "In the second half, we had more opportunities than Brazil. In the first half, they played much better. In the 180 minutes, Brazil won deservedly."