The Barcelona ahead was suspended by CONMEBOL for accusing South American soccer’s ruling physique of “corruption” after he was despatched off in July’s third-place play-off with Chile on the Copa America.
Messi netted the one purpose of the sport on the King Saud University Stadium on 13 minutes, tapping house the rebound after his penalty was saved by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson.
His effort got here shortly after Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus rolled a spot-kick vast for Brazil, who have been enjoying with out the injured Neymar.
Messi, who scored with a pair of free-kicks in his final sport with Barcelona, twice threatened from set items within the second half earlier than Liverpool ‘keeper Alisson beat away a robust drive from Paredes.
Rodrygo, the 18-year-old who scored a sensational Champions League hat-trick with Real Madrid this month, made his Brazil debut as he changed Willian for the ultimate 20 minutes.
However, Brazil have been unable to search out an equaliser as their winless run since capturing the Copa America title prolonged to 5 matches.
The assembly between the 2 South American giants was the second in Saudi Arabia in little over a year. Brazil beat Argentina 1-Zero in Jeddah in October 2018.
Brazil additionally defeated Argentina 2-Zero at house within the semi-finals of this year’s Copa America, a controversial match that left Messi complaining the hosts had benefited from favouritism.
Brazil will play a pleasant towards South Korea in Abu Dhabi on November 19, of their remaining sport earlier than South American qualifying begins for the 2022 World Cup in March.
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