Tite insisted Brazil was better than Argentina after claiming a last-gasp win over its South American rival. Brazil edged past a Lionel Messi-less Argentina 1-0 in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday courtesy of Miranda's 93rd-minute winner.

Tite's Brazil was far from convincing in attack as it struggled to create any clear-cut chances, with Argentina appearing set to earn a draw in the sapping Saudi heat. That was until veteran centre-back Miranda headed home in stoppage time and Brazil head coach Tite felt his side was the worthy victor.

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"Argentina created chances to score, tried to win, but Brazil were better and the team's performance was rewarded with the goal," Tite told reporters.

He added: "It [Miranda's winner] could have been another time, but it was in the end. The team were concentrating. The corner was the result of a volume of play that we put in the game."

Miranda was the difference in the international friendly, the unmarked Inter defender rising highest to settle the contest.

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"I am very happy, first, to help my team-mates, and to make a goal against Argentina is exciting and rewarding," the 34-year-old said.

"I dedicate the goal to those who trusted and supported my family. Today I met my wife 16 years ago. and I'm excited, making a goal is very difficult ... A kiss for my wife and my children, I want to celebrate the goal with them."