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Argentina 2-0 Slovenia

Argentina's players posed behind a banner supporting their country's claims to the Falkland Islands before a World Cup warm-up in Buenos Aries.

The team displayed a message to support an on-going campaign to claim sovereignty of the islands, a British Overseas Territory.

Argentina then beat Slovenia 2-0 with goals from Ricardo Alvarez and substitute Lionel Messi.

They start their Group F campaign against Bosnia-Herzegovina on 15 June.

Coach Alex Sabella chose not to risk Messi, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain or Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria from the start of their final friendly before the finals in Brazil.

But Argentina still went ahead in the 11th minute when Inter Milan midfielder Alvarez scored with a powerful run and shot.

Sabella made changes in the second half and Di Maria and Aguero combined for Messi to add the second when converting Aguero's headed pass with a left-foot finish with 15 minutes to go.

"We have a great group and team," said Messi. "A World Cup is very tough and we will have to fight a lot for it.

"We arrive with the right age, with most of us playing in the best leagues of Europe for years. Winning it is our target, but it will be very hard."

Argentina also face Iran and Nigeria in their qualifying group.

Line-ups

Argentina

  • 1Romero
  • 17Fernandez
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMammanaat 77'minutes
  • 23Basanta
  • 8Pérez
  • 13FernándezSubstituted forGagoat 58'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 6BigliaSubstituted forCampagnaroat 14'minutes
  • 16Rojo
  • 19ÁlvarezSubstituted forDi Maríaat 57'minutes
  • 22LavezziSubstituted forMessiat 58'minutes
  • 11RodríguezSubstituted forAgüeroat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Campagnaro
  • 5Gago
  • 7Di María
  • 10Messi
  • 12Orión
  • 20Agüero
  • 21Andujar
  • 24Mammana

Slovenia

  • 12Belec
  • 2Brecko
  • 6IlicSubstituted forLazarevicat 45'minutes
  • 5CesarSubstituted forBalazicat 88'minutes
  • 13Jokic
  • 18RotmanBooked at 27mins
  • 20StevanovicBooked at 34minsSubstituted forMerteljat 82'minutes
  • 8Kurtic
  • 19IlicicSubstituted forPecnikat 45'minutes
  • 11NovakovicSubstituted forFirerat 88'minutes
  • 17KirmBooked at 19minsSubstituted forSamardzicat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Samardzic
  • 4Balazic
  • 7Pecnik
  • 10Firer
  • 14Lazarevic
  • 15Struna
  • 16Oblak
  • 22Mertelj
  • 23Janza
Referee:
Martín Vázquez

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamSlovenia
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Argentina 2, Slovenia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Argentina 2, Slovenia 0.
Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rajko Rotman (Slovenia).
Attempt missed. Jasmin Kurtic (Slovenia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nejc Pecnik.
Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ales Mertelj (Slovenia).

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Ivan Firer replaces Milivoje Novakovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Gregor Balazic replaces Bostjan Cesar.
Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ales Mertelj (Slovenia).
Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Ales Mertelj replaces Dalibor Stevanovic because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia) because of an injury.

Booking

Fernando Gago (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Fernando Gago (Argentina).
Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Emanuel Mammana replaces Javier Mascherano.

Goal!

Goal! Argentina 2, Slovenia 0. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero with a headed pass.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Dejan Lazarevic (Slovenia) because of an injury.
Foul by Ángel Di María (Argentina).
Dejan Lazarevic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by José Basanta (Argentina).
Nejc Pecnik (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.
Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).
Miso Brecko (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi.
Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).
Nejc Pecnik (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Bostjan Cesar (Slovenia).
Attempt saved. Milivoje Novakovic (Slovenia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dejan Lazarevic.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Fernando Gago replaces Augusto Fernández.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Lionel Messi replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Sergio Agüero replaces Maxi Rodríguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Ángel Di María replaces Ricardo Álvarez.
Foul by Augusto Fernández (Argentina).
Bojan Jokic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Dejan Lazarevic (Slovenia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rajko Rotman.
Foul by Augusto Fernández (Argentina).
Jasmin Kurtic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Corner, Slovenia. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

Booking

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).
Miso Brecko (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Fernández.
Foul by Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina).
Miral Samardzic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Argentina 1, Slovenia 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Miral Samardzic replaces Andraz Kirm.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Dejan Lazarevic replaces Branko Ilic.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Nejc Pecnik replaces Josip Ilicic.

Half Time

First Half ends, Argentina 1, Slovenia 0.
Attempt saved. Miso Brecko (Slovenia) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rajko Rotman.
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