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Brazil beat Argentina to win Superclasico de las Americas

965   //    22 Nov 2012, 13:29 IST

Brazil won the Superclasico de las Americas, beating arch-rivals Argentina in a penalty shoot shoot out by 4-3 margin at the Alberto Jasindo Armando stadium in Buenos Aires. Argentina lead the game by a 2-1 margin after the scheduled 90 minutes, but the previous encounter was won by the Brazil at home in the same margin, ending in a 3-3 aggregate score, which then went straight to penalties, according to the tournament’s rules, which saw Brazil win on Argentine soil.

Both the sides were missing a few heavy weights due to their club duties. While Argentina was missing the services of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Brazil missed Hulk, Alexandre Pato etc.

Both the sides had great chances to open the scoring in the first half, but good opportunities were present came far and few between. Both sides failed to convert those that came their. Experienced Argentine coach Alejandro Sabella made a tactical move in the 69th minute, introducing Ignacio Scocco in the place of Hernan Bercos which reaped rewards almost immediately.

The first goal came in the 82nd minute of the match when Chilean referee Enrique Ossed gifted the home side a penalty, despite the foul being committed done inches outside the box. Scocco made no mistake with the penalty, dispatching it coolly past the diving Brazilian custodian Diego Cavalieri.

But just two minutes later, the visitors equalized courtesy Fred, following a pass from the right flank.

There was to be another twist in the tale, however, when Scocco scored once again in the dying seconds for the home side, which made the score the aggregate 3 all and guided the match towards the penalty shootout.

The visitors scored the first two from the spot while the home side the missed first two. Brazil missed their third, the hosts converted. Brazil scored the fourth, so did the Argentines.

Brazilian sensation Neymar took the decisive shot, beat the rival custodian & made his team victorious to break Albiceleste hearts.

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