Brazil have Lucas Lima to thank as the midfielder earned a point for Dunga’s side with the equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Argentina in the World Cup qualifier held in Buenos Aires.

A first half goal from Ezequiel Lavezzi was cancelled out by Lucas Lima in the second period as Brazil escaped with a 1-1 draw against Argentina in Friday’s South American World Cup qualifying match.

The match had originally been scheduled for Thursday but torrential rain in the Argentine capital had forced officials to postpone the game for 24 hours.


Argentina dominated the first half but although Brazil perked up when Douglas Costa replaced Ricardo Oliveira in the second half they would consider themselves lucky to secure a point. 

‘A draw against Argentina is a good result away from home,’ Brazil’s second half substitute Renato Augusto told reporters.

The home side were without strikers Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, but still had the depth to start the game with Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Lavezzi up front.

Their first chance came in the second minute but Higuain could not turn quickly enough to get a shot in after goalkeeper Alisson flapped at a cross.

Two minutes later Brazil were fortunate that no one was on hand to get a touch on Di Maria’s shot that flashed across the face of the goal.

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