Lionel Messi scores winner for Argentina; Neymar bags brace in Brazil victory

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Lionel Messi and Neymar were both on target for their respective countries last night in contrasting victories, whilst Netherlands continued their dip in form with a home defeat to Mexico.

Argentina met Croatia in a friendly at Upton Park, and it was the Europeans who took the lead as Anas Sharbini scored his first international goal against the World Cup runners-up.

Aguero involved

However, Cristian Ansaldi’s shot deflected in off the arm of Sergio Aguero to pull the South Americans level after the break, and Lionel Messi secured the victory with a winner from the penalty spot after the Manchester City striker had been fouled in the box.

Ex-Hammers Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were well received on their return to the Boelyn Ground, but neither were able to add to the scoresheet in a close victory.


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Elsewhere around the world, Brazil continued their recovery following a World Cup semi-final humiliation against Germany, making it five wins on the spin with a 4-0 victory over Turkey in Istanbul.

Neymar scored either side of the interval and was the star turn for Dunga’s men, with Chelsea attacker Willian and a Kaya own goal completing the scoring for the Selecao.


Things continue to go wrong for the Netherlands following Louis van Gaal’s departure, with Mexico exacting some revenge for their World Cup defeat with a 3-2 victory in Amsterdam.

Carlos Vela opened the scoring in the first ten minutes, and bagged his second later in proceedings after Wesley Sneijder had pulled the Dutch level with a stunner.

Javier Hernandez then gave Mexico the cushion they needed, with Manchester United defensive midfielder Daley Blind pulling one back for the Dutch through a deflected strike. Guus Hiddink’s side have now lost four out of five.


Belgium were the other major side in action - and they won 3-1 with the help of a 20-yard effort from Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

The teenager replaced Eden Hazard at the interval, and put the hosts back in-front after Alfred Finnbogason had drawn Iceland level following Nicolas Lombaerts’ 11th minute opener.

Romelu Lukaku completed the scoring in a game that saw 10 Premier League players on show for Belgium.


In the only other game of the night, Norway suffered a shock defeat at home to Estonia.

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