Those who watch Brazil vs. Argentina football live online in an international friendly from Beijing, China, will witness one of the classic South American rivalries. The arch enemies are prepared to show their skills following disappointing appearances at the World Cup earlier this summer.
Both squads have something to prove to their fans, whose dreams were crushed when the teams didn’t reach their full potential. If you remember, even though Brazil finished in fourth-place — not a bad result at all — the expectations were so high that not reaching the final was seen as a national tragedy.
Moreover, the host, Brazil, was humiliated by Germany 7-1 in the semifinals, when almost all of their supporters believed they would avenge the infamous Maracanazo of 1951 and finally win that elusive World Cup title at home. It was not to be and after the devastating loss against Germany, Brazil fell to the Netherlands in the third place match.
When you watch Brazil vs. Argentina live online, you will also see if Lionel Messi is ready to kick some butt. Even though Argentina reached the final, they lost the match to Germany and Messi was effectively neutralized by the South Americans’ rivals. Fans were also left disappointed for not being able to capture the World Cup title.
For Brazil, this friendly also marks the return of Neymar, whose World Cup dreams concluded in dramatic fashion when a Colombian defender kneed him in the back and ended his run during the quarterfinals. The clash resulted in the exit for the young superstar who was supposed to be one of the main attractions of the tournament and carry his team to victory.
Without their star, Brazil showed all its vulnerability offensively and defensively. The winningest World Cup team was a shadow of its usually successful self and instead of bringing smiles to the locals, players and the public alike were shedding sad tears.
Fast forward three months and now you will be able to watch Brazil vs. Argentina, live online this Saturday in Beijing — provided the intense smog currently pervading the region doesn’t cause any problems. Both squads have been hunkered down at their hotels and only outdoors for practice due to the dangerous conditions in the atmosphere.
Pollution control officials have recommended that people stay indoors, and team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says Brazil will follow those instructions. The physician said players spend 22 out of 24 hours inside the hotel. Hopefully we will be able to watch a healthy Neymar take on Messi.