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Miranda’s stoppage time header enough for Brazil vs. Argentina

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Even in a friendly staged nowhere near South America, the Brazil and Argentina rivalry still provided a bit of drama.

Inter Milan’s Joao Miranda headed a stoppage time Neymar corner kick home as Brazil squeezed a 1-0 win out of King Abdulla Sports City in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

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Brazil’s only loss of 2018 remains its World Cup quarterfinal ouster at the hands of Belgium, while Argentina is 5W-2D-4L this year. The wins have come against Guatemala, Iraq, Italy, and Haiti.

There were just six shots on target in the match, four for Brazil, and a whopping 36 fouls.

Neymar endorses Brazil great Romario’s bid for Rio governor

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Neymar has endorsed former Brazil international Romario in his bid to be Rio de Janeiro state governor.

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Romario’s social media channels published a video of Neymar backing him on Tuesday.

Neymar says in the video: “I hope you can make Rio better. I am a frequent visitor and I love this city.”

Romario, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1994 and a former FIFA player of the year, is polling second behind former Rio mayor Eduardo Paes. The election for state governor is next month.

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Rio state has been in deep financial trouble since the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has never lived in the state but owns a beachfront mansion in Mangaratiba, south of Rio de Janeiro city.

The 52-year-old Romario is currently a senator in Brazil’s congress. He started his political career in 2010 as a congressman, a year after he hung up his boots.

Brazilian soccer players push-start ambulance

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SAO PAULO (AP) Brazilian soccer players have had to push-start an ambulance to get an injured comrade on his way to the hospital.

The incident occurred Saturday during a top-division match in Brasilia between two rivals from Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo and Vasco de Gama.

An ambulance was called into the pitch when Vasco da Gama’s Bruno Silva was knocked out in a clash for the ball.

Silva was loaded into the ambulance, but its engine failed to turn over.

Video broadcast by Brazil’s Globoesporte website showed eight players from both teams pushing the ambulance until it started, and it then drove away.

Silva was released from the hospital and returned to Rio de Janeiro on Sunday after tests showed he was in good condition.

WATCH: Richarlison’s first Brazil goal is a beauty

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Put aside for a moment the fact that someone in Brazil’s FA owed someone in El Salvador a massive favor, and marvel at the wonders of the Canarinha.

Richarlison drew a penalty and then scored his first Brazil goal in the mismatch against CONCACAF’s seventh ranked side.

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And my goodness, the Everton man’s goal is a feast for the eyes.

Neymar and Philippe Coutinho scored goals sandwiched around Richarlison’s, with Brazil notching a trio of goals before the half-hour mark in El Salvador.

It’s going to be a long night for Carlos de los Cobos’ Cuscatlecos.

Brazil’s Tite: Trump should be “more informed” before speaking about us

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U.S. president Donald Trump made a flippant, off-hand comment about the Brazilian national team two weeks ago, and it didn’t sit well with Brazil boss Tite.

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Trump, who during a glorified public-relations event at the White House quipped at a reporter that Brazil “had a little problem last time,” was swiftly reminded of Brazil’s five world title when Tite was questioned about the American president’s joke during a press conference on Monday. It is the standard response anyone would receive from any Brazilian — yes, including even the national team coach — upon making a defamatory comment about the Selecao.

One can only assume that the “little problem last time” is a reference to this summer’s World Cup, when Tite’s side was knocked out by Belgium in the quarterfinals, to which anyone who has watched a second of soccer in the last 11 months would respond, “How did the U.S. men’s national team do?”

Speaking about Neymar, who — at the age of 26 — is suddenly closing in on Pele’s record of 77 goals for Brazil, Tite backed his superstar and firmly supported the idea that he deserves everything he achieves — quotes from Goal.com:

“All these records are important. I believe the athlete seeks this within the context. But also have that recognition. Having recognition is not a sin, growing up is no sin, be star is not a sin, have technical skills is not a sin. …

“Neymar has important and extraordinary records. And he also has a solidarity side that he will gradually show.”