Argentina cruised to a 3-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in a World Cup warm-up match in Buenos Aires.

Captain Lionel Messi missed several first-half chances before striker Rodrigo Palacio headed the home side ahead immediately before the break.

Messi, who has scored only once in two World Cup tournaments, then hit the post with a free-kick but Javier Mascherano tapped in the rebound.

And Maxi Rodriguez scored from a tight angle to complete the victory.

"We finished strongly, Trinidad and Tobago were opponents who closed up at the back like some teams in the group will do at the World Cup," said Messi, who opposition midfielder Ataullah Guerra bowed to before the match.

Argentina play a final warm-up match at home to Slovenia in La Plata on Saturday before opening their World Cup campaign against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday, 15 June.

Iran and Nigeria complete their World Cup group.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (11)

Argentina

  • 01 Romero
  • 03 Campagnaro
  • 16 Rojo
  • 14 Mascherano (Álvarez - 70' )
  • 17 Fernández
  • 15 Demichelis (Basanta - 45' )
  • 07 Di María (Pérez - 63' Booked )
  • 05 Gago (Biglia - 45' )
  • 18 Palacio (Fernández - 76' )
  • 10 Messi
  • 22 Lavezzi (Rodríguez - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Garay
  • 04 Zabaleta
  • 06 Biglia
  • 08 Pérez
  • 09 Higuaín
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Orión
  • 13 Fernández
  • 19 Álvarez
  • 20 Agüero
  • 21 Andujar
  • 23 Basanta

Trinidad and Tobago

  • 21 Williams
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 04 Bateau
  • 14 Boucaud Booked (George - 71' )
  • 19 Mitchell Booked (Hoyte - 71' )
  • 12 Marshall
  • 23 Peltier
  • 08 Hyland Booked
  • 07 Guerra (Molino - 60' )
  • 09 Jones (Plaza - 77' )
  • 03 Jones (Winchester - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillip
  • 05 George
  • 06 Abu Bakr
  • 10 Molino
  • 11 Plaza
  • 13 Winchester
  • 15 Gonzales
  • 16 Joseph
  • 17 Hoyte
  • 18 Theobald
  • 20 Caesar
Ref: Daniel Fedorczuk

Match Stats

Shots

17 6

On target

5 2

Corners

10 5

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Argentina 3, Trinidad and Tobago 0.

90:00 +0:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Argentina 3, Trinidad and Tobago 0.

85:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Trinidad and Tobago. Rundell Winchester replaces Joevin Jones.

85:24

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

85:24

Khaleem Hyland (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:08

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Gavin Hoyte.

83:25

Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:25

Foul by Lester Peltier (Trinidad and Tobago).

83:07

Foul by Federico Fernández (Argentina).

83:07

Kevin Molino (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:35

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Justin Hoyte.

81:30

Foul by Hugo Campagnaro (Argentina).

81:30

Lester Peltier (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:53

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:53

Foul by Willis Plaza (Trinidad and Tobago).

80:03

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:03

Foul by Kevan George (Trinidad and Tobago).

77:26

Offside, Argentina. Ricardo Álvarez tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

76:32

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Yohance Marshall.

76:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Trinidad and Tobago. Willis Plaza replaces Kenwyne Jones.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Augusto Fernández replaces Rodrigo Palacio because of an injury.

75:27

Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:27

Foul by Justin Hoyte (Trinidad and Tobago).

73:47

Corner, Trinidad and Tobago. Conceded by Hugo Campagnaro.

72:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:30

Delay in match Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina) because of an injury.

71:45 Booking

Booking Enzo Pérez (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:41

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Argentina).

71:41

Kevin Molino (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Trinidad and Tobago. Gavin Hoyte replaces Carlyle Mitchell.

70:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Trinidad and Tobago. Kevan George replaces Andre Boucaud.

69:48

Offside, Argentina. Hugo Campagnaro tries a through ball, but Marcos Rojo is caught offside.

69:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Ricardo Álvarez replaces Javier Mascherano.

68:55

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Carlyle Mitchell.

68:54

Attempt blocked. Enzo Pérez (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

65:43

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Jan Michael Williams.

65:42

Attempt saved. Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

63:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Argentina 3, Trinidad and Tobago 0. Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rodrigo Palacio.

62:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Enzo Pérez replaces Ángel Di María.

59:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Trinidad and Tobago. Kevin Molino replaces Ataullah Guerra.

55:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Maxi Rodríguez replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.

53:04

Foul by Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina).

53:04

Khaleem Hyland (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:21

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:21

Foul by Khaleem Hyland (Trinidad and Tobago).

50:46

Attempt missed. Andre Boucaud (Trinidad and Tobago) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kenwyne Jones.

50:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Argentina 2, Trinidad and Tobago 0. Javier Mascherano (Argentina) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

49:59

Lionel Messi (Argentina) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

48:27 Booking

Booking Carlyle Mitchell (Trinidad and Tobago) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

48:17

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:17

Foul by Carlyle Mitchell (Trinidad and Tobago).

48:06

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:06

Foul by Sheldon Bateau (Trinidad and Tobago).

47:01

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a fast break.

45:59

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

45:59

Ataullah Guerra (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Argentina 1, Trinidad and Tobago 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Lucas Biglia replaces Fernando Gago.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. José Basanta replaces Martín Demichelis because of an injury.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Argentina 1, Trinidad and Tobago 0.

45:00 +0:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Argentina 1, Trinidad and Tobago 0. Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +0:26

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Yohance Marshall.

44:50

Attempt missed. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.

44:34

Attempt missed. Yohance Marshall (Trinidad and Tobago) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lester Peltier with a cross following a corner.

44:05

Corner, Trinidad and Tobago. Conceded by Hugo Campagnaro.

42:39

Foul by Fernando Gago (Argentina).

42:39

Joevin Jones (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:00

Attempt missed. Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

39:27

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Jan Michael Williams.

39:24

Attempt saved. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

37:32

Attempt missed. Javier Mascherano (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

36:48

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Sheldon Bateau.

36:25 Booking

Booking Khaleem Hyland (Trinidad and Tobago) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:58

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:58

Foul by Khaleem Hyland (Trinidad and Tobago).

35:39

Attempt saved. Carlyle Mitchell (Trinidad and Tobago) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

34:51

Corner, Trinidad and Tobago. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

34:49

Attempt blocked. Ataullah Guerra (Trinidad and Tobago) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Khaleem Hyland.

32:26

Attempt missed. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Rodrigo Palacio with a headed pass.

31:46

Offside, Argentina. Fernando Gago tries a through ball, but Ezequiel Lavezzi is caught offside.

30:00

Foul by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

30:00

Khaleem Hyland (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:23

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Rodrigo Palacio with a cross.

28:08

Foul by Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina).

28:08

Yohance Marshall (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:10

Delay in match Kenwyne Jones (Trinidad and Tobago) because of an injury.

26:04

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:09 Booking

Booking Andre Boucaud (Trinidad and Tobago) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:03

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:03

Foul by Andre Boucaud (Trinidad and Tobago).

23:37

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Carlyle Mitchell.

22:55

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:55

Foul by Joevin Jones (Trinidad and Tobago).

22:31

Attempt missed. Andre Boucaud (Trinidad and Tobago) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

21:50

Corner, Trinidad and Tobago. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

21:07

Offside, Argentina. Martín Demichelis tries a through ball, but Ezequiel Lavezzi is caught offside.

20:04

Attempt missed. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Federico Fernández.

17:41

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

15:52

Foul by Hugo Campagnaro (Argentina).

15:52

Ataullah Guerra (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:10

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:10

Foul by Andre Boucaud (Trinidad and Tobago).

13:36

Attempt saved. Lester Peltier (Trinidad and Tobago) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Khaleem Hyland.

12:30

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Sheldon Bateau.

10:01

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ezequiel Lavezzi following a fast break.

9:29

Corner, Trinidad and Tobago. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

8:47

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

8:47

Lester Peltier (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:52

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

7:52

Lester Peltier (Trinidad and Tobago) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:59

Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:59

Foul by Lester Peltier (Trinidad and Tobago).

1:46

Foul by Khaleem Hyland (Trinidad and Tobago).

1:46

Ángel Di María (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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