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Messi magic, red cards and controversy – memorable Brazil v Argentina meetings

A look back at some memorable past clashes between the two South American rivals.

Lionel Messi is expected to be back in action for Argentina when they take on Brazil following his three-month international ban (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Lionel Messi is expected to be back in action for Argentina when they take on Brazil following his three-month international ban (Owen Humphreys/PA)

By PA Sport Staff

Brazil and Argentina go head to head again in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look back at some memorable past clashes between the two South American rivals.

Brazil 3 Argentina 1

July 1982, World Cup

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Zico (right) and Socrates, pictured at Wembley, were among the stars of the Brazil side of 1982 (PA Archive)

The brilliant Brazil side of Socrates, Zico and Falcao got the better of their rivals in a group clash in Barcelona.

Their goals came from Zico, Junior and Serginho. Argentina, who had Diego Maradona sent off late on, scored a last-minute consolation through Ramon Diaz.

Argentina 1 Brazil 0

June 1990, World Cup

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Claudio Caniggia scored the winner against Brazil in 1990 (David Davies/PA)

Claudio Caniggia raced on to a Maradona pass eight minutes from time to score the only goal in a fiercely-contested last-16 clash in Turin.

Controversy followed when it was claimed Brazil’s Branco was given a bottle of water spiked with tranquiliser by Argentina during the game.

Argentina 3 Brazil 2

July 1991, Copa America

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Gabriel Batistuta was on target in a fiery clash in Santiago (Owen Humhpreys/PA)

There were five goals and five red cards in a ferocious clash in Santiago. Franco struck early for Argentina before a Branco equaliser.

Franco and Gabriel Batistuta put Argentina back ahead before Joao Paulo pulled one back. Caniggia and Mazinho were sent off after a clash.

Further red cards went to Carlos Enrique for Argentina and Marcio Santos and Careca for Brazil.

Brazil 4 Argentina 1

June 2005, Confederations Cup

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Ronaldinho helped Brazil overpower their rivals in the Confederations Cup (Rebecca Naden/PA)

Brazil turned on the style as the sides met in the 2006 World Cup warm-up tournament in Frankfurt.

Early goals from Adriano and Kaka set them on their way before Ronaldinho volleyed a third and Adriano added another. Argentina’s effort came from Pablo Aimar.

Argentina 4 Brazil 3

June 2012, friendly

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Lionel Messi’s brilliance proved the difference in a friendly in the US (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The two sides tend not to hold back even when playing each other in friendlies and they played out a classic in New Jersey.

Lionel Messi settled an absorbing contest by completing a hat-trick late on.

Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marcelo were then sent off after an altercation in injury time. Federico Fernandez scored Argentina’s other goal, while Romulo, Oscar and Hulk struck for Brazil.

Brazil 2 Argentina 0

July 2019, Copa America semi-final

Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino were on target as the Selecao defeated their bitter rivals 2-0 in Belo Horizonte to secure a place in the Copa America final on home soil.

Argentina, who last won the tournament in 1993, had hit the crossbar in the first half through Sergio Aguero’s header, while Messi was struck the post.

Afterwards, the Barcelona playmaker accused the referee of bias. “The officiating was crazy,” the Argentina captain said. “He (the referee) was on their side. In every divided ball or dispute, he inclined the pitch their way.”

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