Lionel Messi Misses Penalty as Brazil Beat Argentina in Friendly

Lionel Messi fluffed a chance from the penalty spot in the first half as Diego Tardelli's brace gave Brazil 2-0 win over Argentina.

updated: October 11, 2014 20:51 IST
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Brazil celebrate after scoring a goal against Argentina in international friendly.


Beijing: Lionel Messi missed a first-half penalty as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 in a fiercely contested "Superclasico" friendly in Beijing on Saturday.

Journeyman Diego Tardelli was the unlikely hero with his first two goals for Brazil as Messi fluffed his lines with a tame spot-kick at the Bird's Nest stadium.

Atletico Mineiro striker Tardelli, 29, put Brazil ahead on 28 minutes, before Messi curled his soft penalty attempt close to goalkeeper Jefferson just before half-time.

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