Aguero heads winner for Argentina in Moscow


Sergio Aguero scores for Argentina

Sergio Aguero netted his 178th goal for Manchester City against Napoli to become the club’s record goalscorer

Sergio Aguero scored an 86th-minute winner as Argentina claimed an international friendly victory against World Cup hosts Russia in Moscow.

Manchester City record goalscorer Aguero, who started in attack with Lionel Messi, headed home at the second attempt from close range.

The visitors dominated the game, claiming 70% of possession and having 19 shots to Russia’s four.

It gives Argentina back-to-back wins for the first time since June.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side were not at their best but thanks to Aguero this is another positive result, following on from the 3-1 win over Ecuador that sealed their place at next summer’s finals in the final round of games in South America qualifying.

Having underwhelmed in June’s Confederation Cup on home soil, Russia struggled to get a foothold in the game, which was played at the Luzhniki Stadium – the ground that will host the opening game and final of next summer’s World Cup.

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Match ends, Russia 0, Argentina 1.

Second Half ends, Russia 0, Argentina 1.

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

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Igor Smolnikov.

Éver Banega (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandr Erokhin (Russia).

Substitution, Russia. Anton Zabolotny replaces Konstantin Rausch.

Hand ball by Aleksey Miranchuk (Russia).

Substitution, Argentina. Paulo Dybala replaces Sergio Agüero.

Substitution, Argentina. Éver Banega replaces Enzo Pérez.

Goal! Russia 0, Argentina 1. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristian Pavón.

Foul by Alejandro Gomez (Argentina).

Giorgi Jikia (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Russia. Aleksey Miranchuk replaces Aleksandr Kokorin.

Sergio Romero (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Giorgi Jikia (Russia).

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Germán Pezzella.

Substitution, Argentina. Cristian Pavón replaces Eduardo Salvio.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alan Dzagoev (Russia).

Substitution, Argentina. Diego Perotti replaces Ángel Di María.

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fedor Smolov (Russia).

Offside, Argentina. Sergio Agüero tries a through ball, but Ángel Di María is caught offside.

Alejandro Gomez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Igor Smolnikov (Russia).

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Substitution, Russia. Aleksandr Erokhin replaces Daler Kuzyaev.

Attempt saved. Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alejandro Gomez with a cross.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Giorgi Jikia.

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Agüero following a fast break.

Foul by Matías Kranevitter (Argentina).

Daler Kuzyaev (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt blocked. Eduardo Salvio (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Mascherano with a headed pass.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Igor Akinfeev.

Attempt saved. Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Igor Smolnikov.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41955661

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