Brazil-Argentina: The Heat Is On

Kiran GokarnAnalyst IJune 18, 2008

Thanks to Euro 2008, a brilliant fixture is going almost unnoticed.

What is often dubbed the world's greatest football rivalry will unfold once more in the Estadio Mineriao. Brazil will take on a bloodthirsty Argentina side, who have not beaten their rivals on the road in 10 years.

Of late, the two teams have been placed as the best two teams in the world, but also have had some bad form. Brazil were blanked 2-0 by Paraguay in Ascuncion, while Argentina were lucky to escape with a point from their game against Ecuador. Both teams will be eager to return to top form and will be looking to start off with this match.

Brazilian coach Dunga has recently promised that his side will redeem themselves against their traditional rivals. If head-to-head form counts for anything, then Brazil are the clear cut favourites, as they have won their last three fixtures against Argentina in convincing fashion.

Lionel Messi, however, has quickly come out in defence of his team, saying that this will be the perfect opportunity for the Argentines to bounce back and return to winning ways.

Brazil will have the services of Adriano, who has been the nemesis of Argentina of late. Argentina will hope that the brilliant club form of Lionel Messi will resurface in this game.

The last time Argentina beat Brazil in Brazil was in 1998, when Claudio Lopez scored a solitary goal.

It remains to be seen who will come out tops in this encounter.