Sergio Aguero heads victor for Argentina in Moscow

Sergio Aguero heads victor for Argentina in Moscow

Sergio Aguero heads victor for Argentina in Moscow

The Russia-Argentina contest on Saturday will be the inaugural event at Moscow's renovated Luzhniki Stadium, one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reports Efe.

The 29-year-old, benefitting from Mauro Icardi's withdrawal from the squad due to injury, proved Argentina's most unsafe player and was twice denied by impressive saves from Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Lionel Messi is a big doubt to be named in the squad to face Nigeria, but Man City star Sergio Aguero, PSG duo Angel Di María and Giovani Lo Celso, and Juventus ace Paulo Dybala are all available for selection.

Taking a U-turn and returning to the Argentina team after retiring a year ago has left Lionel Messi embarrassed, he admitted.

Akinfeev was the hero of the first half as he produced another impressive save after Aguero's powerful shot from just nine yards.

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Aguero broke the deadlock when he headed in a rebound from his own blocked shot after a sharp break down the right wing and low cross from Cristian Pavon.

After the interval Argentina continued to dominate possession and kept Russia's defence under constant pressure but failed to find the net before the 86th minute.

And, after Romero backpedalled to stop Rausch scoring directly from, Boca Juniors forward Pavon played a role in the victor.

It also seems likely that Adidas also had a word in all this, since Messi was in Moscow to help launch the Telstar 18 ball for next summer's World Cup.

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