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Blackout ruins tie

Buenos Aires: Argentina’s friendly against Brazil was abandoned before kick-off due to a floodlight failure at the Centenario Stadium in the northern city of Resistencia on Wednesday.

The teams, picked only from domestic leagues, were due to meet for the second time in two weeks after Brazil won 2-1 in the first match of the “Superclasico of the Americas” doubleheader in Goiania on September 19.

The players took the field and lined up for the anthems but Chilean referee Enrique Osses delayed kick-off until full lighting could be restored after a generator failed.

The teams spent more than half an hour on the pitch warming up and chatting among themselves until they were led off again.

With no back-up generator available in the vicinity, Osses abandoned the match an hour after the scheduled 0100 GMT kick-off, embarrassing the Argentine Football Association (AFA), who had organised the match in Resistencia.

AFA sources said no new date was immediately available for the match since the international calendar was packed until the end of the year.