Yet Argentina couldn't hold on for a draw, with Miranda popping up to make it four wins from four since Brazil's World Cup exit. There is a lot of enthusiasm, in the last international's we played against Colombia, a great team by all means but playing against Brazil means a lot more.
Over the current worldwide break, Brazil, Argentina and Iraq have been taking part in a four-team tournament hosted by Saudi Arabia called the Superclasico.
Tite's Brazil host a Lionel Messi-less Argentina in an worldwide friendly this evening - here is how the teams will line up!
Brazil, one of the early favourites for the competition, bowed out at the quarter-finals stage to Belgium in what was a fairly underwhelming showing by the five-time World Cup winners.
Messi has taken a break from the Argentina squad since captaining them to the round-of-16 at the World Cup, where they were beaten by eventual champions France.
"We won because he had creativity up front and that was it. Brazil versus Argentina is never a friendly".
"Every time Argentina play, we have to win".
Argentina beat Iraq 4-0 on Thursday with only three players - Sergio Romero, Marcos Acuna and Maximiliano Meza - that went to the World Cup this summer starting. Meanwhile, Argentina have won five of their 10 games in 2018, losing three and drawing two.
While it is purely a friendly between Brazil and Argentina, the pair are likely to play as strong a side as they can to keep the fans in Saudi Arabia happy.
Gabriel Jesus was back on the scoresheet for the Selecao and left back Alex Sandro scored their second.
It's an experienced Brazil side against the neighbors who have a ton of youth and not as many household names as usual outside of guys like Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi. Goals from Lautaro Martinez, Roberto Pereyra, German Pezzella and Franco Cervi highlighted Argentina's dominant effort.
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, though, believes that a game against Brazil can not be termed a friendly.
While none of those appearances have brought a goal so far, Icardi is a new man and will want to show his ability against the bitter rivals.