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Brazil lost a hard-fought friendly against their great South American rivals Argentina, in front of a packed Marylebone Cricket Ground stadium in Australia.

Chelsea winger Willian almost got a goal for his team as his effort struck the post midway through the second half as the Selecao, who are on a run of nine straight wins, lost to Argentina in Jorge Sampaoli’s first game in charge of Argentina.

Willian had a lively game for the Selecao, as he also set up Brazil’s best chance of the first half when he raced clear down the left-hand side and squared to Philippe Coutinho, but the Liverpool man delayed his shot and was eventually crowded out.

David Luiz, who was invited to the Brazil national team for the first time since Tite took over last summer, was an unused substitute in the game. The Chelsea defender will hope to feature in their next friendly against Australia on Tuesday, that will also be played at the Marylebone Cricket Ground.

Gabriel Mercado’s strike for Brazil at the stroke of half-time was enough for the Argentines to carry the day despite Brazil’s pressure to find the equaliser.

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