The Hindu

Brazil snatches a draw against Argentina



Ten-man Brazil came from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw against Argentina on Friday in a tense World Cup qualifying battle between the two South American superpower­s.

A second-half strike from Santos player Lucas Lima salvaged a vital point for Brazil after Argentina had taken the lead midway through the half


thanks to an Ezequiel Lavezzi strike. Lavezzi’s Paris Saint-Germain teammate David Luiz was sent off for a second yellow card in the dying minutes but Brazil hung on for the draw.

The result leaves Argentina winless after three games of South America’s marathon qualifying campaign, with only two points from a possible nine.

The results: South American zone: At Buenos Aires: Argentina 1 (Lavezzi 34) drew with Brazil 1 (Lima 58).

At Lima: Peru 1 (Farfan 20) bt Paraguay 0.

North & Central American and

Caribbean: At St. Louis: USA 6 (Wood 11, Johnson 29, Altidore 31, 74, Cameron 51, Zardes 58) bt St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1 (Anderson 5).

At Guatemala City: Guatemala 1 (Mejia 90) lost to Trinidad & Tobago 2 (Highland 67, Jones 80).

At Kingston: Jamaica 0 lost to Panama 2 (Cooper 43, Morgan 52-og).

At San Jose: Costa Rica 1 (Gamboa

29) bt Haiti 0.

At Mexico City: Mexico 3 (Guardado 7, Herrera 42, Vela 64) bt El Salvador 0.

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