Oct 11, 2014 at 1.05pm UK at ‚ÄčBeijing National Stadium
Brazil
2-0
Argentina
Tardelli (28', 64')
Luiz (19'), Danilo (40')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Mascherano (47'), Fernandez (50')

Lionel Messi shoulders blame for Argentina defeat

Messi shoulders blame for Argentina defeat
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Argentina ace Lionel Messi shoulders the blame for Saturday's 2-0 friendly defeat to Brazil after missing a first-half penalty.

Lionel Messi has admitted that his missed penalty played a big role in Argentina's 2-0 defeat to Brazil in this afternoon's friendly in Beijing.

Diego Tardelli marked his debut in style by scoring in both halves to help the Selecao beat their South American rivals in what was the 100th meeting between the sides.

Messi spurned the chance to equalise when he missed a first-half penalty, and the Barcelona ace admits that it proved a decisive moment.

"The match was defined by two errors," he told TyC Sports.

"First the bad clearance, which cost us a goal, and then I could not get the penalty. If I had converted it, it would have been a different game.

"They [Brazil] wanted to defend and go out on the counter, and at 2-0 there were already spaces."

Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson, who thwarted the Argentine from 12 yards, earlier today claimed that he had studied Messi's technique prior to kickoff.

Diego Tardelli #9 of Brazil reacts during their match against Ecuador at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2014
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