Big guns draw
BUENOS AIRES. — A first half goal from Ezequiel Lavezzi was cancelled out by Lucas Lima in the 58th minute as Brazil escaped with a 1-1 draw against Argentina in the teams’ World Cup soccer qualifier at the weekend. The match had originally been scheduled for Thursday but torrential rain in Buenos Aires had forced officials to postpone the game for 24 hours.Argentina dominated the first half but although Brazil perked up when Douglas Costa replaced Ricardo Oliveira they would consider themselves lucky to secure a point. “A draw against Argentina is a good result away from home,” Brazil’s second half substitute Renato Augusto told reporters.
The home side were without Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Carlos Tevez, but still had the depth to start the game with Angel Di María, Gonzalo Higuain and Lavezzi up front. Their first chance came in the second minute but Higuain could not turn quickly enough to get a shot in after goalkeeper Alisson flapped at a cross. Two minutes later Brazil were fortunate that no one was on hand to get a touch on Di María’s shot that flashed across the face of the goal. Argentina continued to cause Brazil trouble on both flanks and they finally got the goal they deserved in the 34th minute when Lavezzi stole in between a hesitant David Luiz and Dani Alves to sidefoot home from six yards following a Higuain cross. — AFP.