June 9, 2017, 7:00 am
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El Monumental

Match Report

Argentina Gabriel Mercado goal
Lionel Messi, Ever Banega and Nicolas Otamendi celebrate Gabriel Mercado’s goal for Argentina vs. Brazil

Argentina and their new coach Jorge SAMPAOLI have done it! They’ve beaten Brazil in a friendly match with a score of 1-0. This was SAMPAOLI’S debut match and definitely a good sign of things to come. A win is a win and against Brazil it is always tastier. It was played in front of a 95,569 crowd at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

With this win, Argentina has ended Tite’s nine-match winning streak as Selecao coach. The Argentina goal game from Sevilla (ex-River Plate) defender Gabriel MERCADO. It was a tap in from close range after Nicolas OTAMENDI’S header came back off the post. MERCADO always seems to be there at the right time and is becoming a staple in the Argentina defense. Lined up in a 3-4-3 formation with both Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala in support of Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina dominated the first period, before resolutely riding out a second half storm.

SAMPAOLI’S team will next play their final friendly match vs. Singapore on Tuesday, June 13. After that, they have their World Cup Qualifier matches. First against Uruguay at the end of August.

For full match highlights and goals, click here.


3 Nicolas Tagliafico ← José Gómez
4 Emanuel Mammana ← Gabriel Mercado
5 Guido Rodríguez ← Paulo Dybala
15 Manuel Lanzini ← Éver Banega
8 Marcos Acuña ← Ángel Di María
24 Joaquín Correa ← Gonzalo Higuaín