SAO PAULO (AP) – Brazil coach Mano Menezes will have a lot on the line in Wednesday's friendly against Argentina, when only a victory will allow him to fend off increasing criticism over his performance as head of the national team.
Brazil and Argentina will play in the northern city of Belem to decide the Superclassic of the Americas, a home-and-away friendly series in which both teams are using players from local clubs.
The teams drew 0-0 in Cordoba, Argentina two weeks ago, and Wednesday's winner will take home the trophy. Another draw will prompt a penalty shootout.
But the trophy seems secondary to Menezes, who is under pressure after average results since taking charge of the Brazil team following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.