- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

LONDON (AP) - Lionel Messi secured a 1-0 friendly win for Argentina over traditional rival Brazil on Wednesday, while World Cup champ Spain slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Portugal.

While Messi justified his status as the best player in the world with an injury-time solo goal that clinched Argentina’s first win over its neighbor in six meetings, Spain allowed four goals for the second time since winning the World Cup.

Carlos Martins, an own-goal by Sergio Ramos, Helder Postiga and Hugo Almeida gave the home side the victory in Lisbon.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave World Cup runner-up the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Turkey, and France topped England 2-1 with a goal in each half at Wembley.

Italy’s experimental lineup needed an 82nd-minute own-goal by Ciprian Marica to salvage a 1-1 draw against Romania in a match marred by racist taunts directed at Azzurri forward Mario Balotelli.

A youthful Germany team failed to unlock host Sweden as defenses dominated in a 0-0 draw, while the United States beat South Africa 1-0.

Argentina and Brazil looked to be heading for a scoreless draw in Doha, Qatar, after 90 minutes.

But Messi collected possession midway inside Brazil’s half, beat four opponents and scored with a low shot into the right corner.

Messi means everything to us,” Argentina coach Sergio Batista. “He showed why he’s the best player in the world.”

Spain eliminated Portugal in the second round of the World Cup in South Africa, but was comprehensively beaten in Lisbon.

Martins opened the scoring in the 45th minute from a rebound after goalkeeper Iker Casillas had saved Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot and Ramos poked Postiga’s goal-bound shot into his own net three minutes after the break.

Spain’s only wins in six matches since hoisting the World Cup have been in European Championship qualifying, against the weak trio of Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Scotland.

It has allowed 12 goals in its past four games.

Huntelaar scored in the 52nd for the Netherlands, but it was Hedwiges Maduro who set up the goal. The Valencia midfielder took the ball from Turkey left back Ismail Koybasi and crossed to Huntelaar, who knocked it in from close range.

The goal silenced a sizable Turkish crowd, which had been throwing flares onto the pitch throughout the game.

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