Brazil vs Argentina: South American football rivals gear up for friendly battle

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 16, 2018, 08.12 PM(IST)

Neymar heaps praise on Argentina ahead of friendly Photograph:( Reuters )

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The match against Argentina will be Brazil's fourth friendly since they lost to Belgium in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Brazil's Neymar spoke about his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi's absence from the Argentina squad as the South American soccer rivals Argentina and Brazil are gearing up for Tuesday's friendly match at Jeddah's King Abdullah Sports City.

Argentina's missing captain Lionel Messi and three other stars: Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina is trying out different combinations.

He said Messi's absence is not good for the football lovers. "I think it is bad for football lovers to not have (Lionel) Messi, a great legend, out of a game like this," said Neymar.

He then added, "But for us is good (smiles). But I insist to reinforce the quality of Argentina, the quality of players that are there today."

"We know it will be a very tough match. We must do our part and a derby like this is always great to play."

He then talked about whether Brazil is favourite or not, "There's no such thing as favoritism between Brazil and Argentina. It is a derby where I am sure it will be great to watch by everyone who appreciates football," concluded Neymar.

The match against Argentina will be Brazil's fourth friendly since they lost to Belgium in the World Cup quarter-finals.

The Brazilian side also beat the United States and El Salvador last Friday and will have superstar Neymar as permanent team captain.

Probable lineups:

Argentina: Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Nicolas Otamendi, German Pezzella, Nicolas Tagliafico; Leandro Paredes, Santiago Ascacibar; Eduardo Salvio, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Correa; Mauro Icardi.

Brazil: Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Casemiro; Arthur, Renato Augusto; Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Roberto Firmino.