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Brazil 0-1 Argentina: Lionel Messi scores on international return – BBC News



November 17, 2019
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Lionel Messi has scored five goals against Brazil

Lionel Messi scored on his first Argentina appearance since July as they beat old rivals Brazil in Saudi Arabia.

Messi had a penalty saved by Alisson in the friendly, but scored the rebound for his 69th international goal.

Gabriel Jesus had earlier missed a penalty for Brazil.

Barcelona forward Messi was returning from athree-month banfor saying the Copa America was “fixed for Brazil”, with the hosts beating Argentina in the semi-final and Peru in the July final.

Brazil – who handed a late debut to Aston Villa striker Wesley – have failed to win in the five games since winning the Copa America.

Argentina are due to face Uruguay in Tel Aviv on Monday (19:15 GMT) but the game could be cancelleddue to fighting in Israel.

Brazil will play South Korea in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (13:30 GMT), their last game before the 2022 World Cup qualifiers begin in March.

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