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World Cup 2014: Argentina beat Trinidad & Tobago in friendly

Argentina's Lionel Messi

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.

Line-ups

Argentina

  • 1Romero
  • 3Campagnaro
  • 16Rojo
  • 14MascheranoSubstituted forÁlvarezat 70'minutes
  • 17Fernández
  • 15DemichelisSubstituted forBasantaat 45'minutes
  • 7Di MaríaSubstituted forPérezat 63'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 5GagoSubstituted forBigliaat 45'minutes
  • 18PalacioSubstituted forFernándezat 76'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 22LavezziSubstituted forRodríguezat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Garay
  • 4Zabaleta
  • 6Biglia
  • 8Pérez
  • 9Higuaín
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Orión
  • 13Fernández
  • 19Álvarez
  • 20Agüero
  • 21Andujar
  • 23Basanta

T'dad & Tobago

  • 21Williams
  • 2Hoyte
  • 4Bateau
  • 14BoucaudBooked at 26minsSubstituted forGeorgeat 71'minutes
  • 19MitchellBooked at 49minsSubstituted forHoyteat 71'minutes
  • 12Marshall
  • 23Peltier
  • 8HylandBooked at 37mins
  • 7GuerraSubstituted forMolinoat 60'minutes
  • 9JonesSubstituted forPlazaat 77'minutes
  • 3JonesSubstituted forWinchesterat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Phillip
  • 5George
  • 6Abu Bakr
  • 10Molino
  • 11Plaza
  • 13Winchester
  • 15Gonzales
  • 16Joseph
  • 17Hoyte
  • 18Theobald
  • 20Caesar
Referee:
Daniel Fedorczuk

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamT'dad & Tobago
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Argentina 3, Trinidad and Tobago 0.

Full Time

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

Substitution

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

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

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

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Gavin Hoyte.

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

Foul by Lester Peltier (Trinidad and Tobago).

Foul by Federico Fernández (Argentina).

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

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Justin Hoyte.

Foul by Hugo Campagnaro (Argentina).

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

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

Foul by Willis Plaza (Trinidad and Tobago).

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

Foul by Kevan George (Trinidad and Tobago).

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

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Yohance Marshall.

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Justin Hoyte (Trinidad and Tobago).

Corner, Trinidad and Tobago. Conceded by Hugo Campagnaro.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Argentina).

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Ricardo Álvarez replaces Javier Mascherano.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Carlyle Mitchell.

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

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Jan Michael Williams.

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.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Enzo Pérez replaces Ángel Di María.

Substitution

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

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