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Late Neymar penalty sinks Argentina

Published: 3:51PM Thursday September 20, 2012 Source: Reuters

  • Brazil's Neymar runs with the ball (Source: Reuters )
    Brazil's Neymar runs with the ball - Source: Reuters

Neymar converted a penalty with the final kick of the match to hand Brazil a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Argentina in a friendly international at the Serra Dourada in Goiania today.

The match was the first of two between teams drawn only from the domestic leagues of two great South American rivals. They will meet again in the north Argentine city of Resistencia on Oct. 3.

The penalty, awarded for a handball by Argentina defender Leandro Desabato, turned chants from local fans against Brazil coach Mano Menezes into joyful celebration at the late victory.

Argentina, on the back foot for the opening 20 minutes, went ahead in their first dangerous incursion into the Brazil penalty area.

Striker Juan Manuel Martinez, who plays in Brazil for Corinthians, passed out wide to Clemente Rodriguez before heading into the box to collect the left back's cross and beating goalkeeper Jefferson with a shot inside the near post.

Brazil equalised six minutes later when midfielder Paulinho headed home from a Neymar free kick on the right.

Argentina had met Brazil three times previously since Alejandro Sabella took charge of the team.

Last year in matches between home-based selections, the rivals drew 0-0 in Argentina with Brazil winning the return fixture 2-0.

Argentina won 4-3 in a friendly in New Jersey between the full national sides in June courtesy of a Lionel Messi hat-trick.

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