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Messi Hails Argentina Versatility After Win Over Brazil

Messi Hails Argentina Versatility After Win Over Brazil

Lionel Messi praised Argentina’s work ethic after scoring the winner on his return to international football in Albiceleste’s 1-0 win against five-time world champions Brazil on Friday night.

The 32-year-old was banned for three months by CONMEBOL after criticising the South American governing body during this summer’s Copa America, both after a semi-final loss to Brazil and a third-place play-off win over Chile in which he was sent off following an altercation with Gary Medel.

Messi however made a triumphant return as he scored the only goal of the game in Saudi Arabia.

“At the beginning we tried to play, we made a few mistakes and they created some chances,” Messi told the Argentinean FA’s official website.

“In the second half we improved a lot.

“I think this system defensively gives us a lot. It’s good that we can play in several ways.

“When you win, you work with peace of mind, it is very positive for what is coming.

“We all ran a lot – it’s what we had to do.”

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