Brazil overcame rivals Argentina in the Superclasico de las Americas encounter in Beijing with Diego Tardelli twice finding the net to settle a game that also included a missed penalty from Lionel Messi.
There had been concerns that this match would not go ahead due to a smog cloud in the Chinese capital fears were allayed, albeit it not fully, that the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium would be fit to host this glamour fixture.
Neymar, Lionel Messi, David Luiz, Angel di Maria and Sergio Aguero all started, but it was a Brazilian making only his eighth international appearance, and his first in a year, who proved to be the key performer.
Tardelli started as Brazil’s lone centre-forward, a position that had been occupied by Fred during the World Cup, and the Atlético Mineiro player responded with a goals either side of half-time to ensure his country achieved a notable 2-0 victory.
Brazil are desperate to erase the memory of their capitulation at the World Cup, during which they were thrashed in both the semi-final and third-place playoff, and this was an encouraging performance under new manager Dunga.
Argentina, meanwhile, will be hoping to forget the World Cup in almost equal measure having dramatically lost in the final to Germany, and this defeat to their great rivals would have been particularly frustrating, not least because of Messi’s failure from the spot.
The Barcelona star had a chance to level proceedings after Di Maria had been fouled, but his limp effort was kept out by Jefferson.
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