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Aguero gives Argentina win over Russian Federation at World Cup final stadium

13 November 2017

Messi is now on worldwide duty with the Albiceleste and was greeted at the team hotel in Moscow by Zenit St Petersburg striker Driussi. "He had a couple of shots in the first half and another three in the second, one of which was a goal".

"The things we've planned did work".

"We played in a straightforward, courageous, bold manner".

Argentina's friendly against Russian Federation was the first test match held at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, the venue for the opening game and final of next year's World Cup.

Argentina were runners-up to Germany in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He singled out Aguero for creating scoring opportunities despite a lack of space offered by Russia's defensive setup.

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However, Sampaoli said Argentina had been too cautious at times and "there were situations when we weren't able to apply the final touch".

The only goal of the game was scored by Manchester City's all-time top goal scorer Sergio Aguero.

Argentina's attack expertly combined to generate several scoring chances, with Messi finding Angel Di Maria in the box in the 36th minute.

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

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. "We play many games in the season - the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, La Liga, plus everything about the national team and the trips", Messi said.

Sergio Aguero's late goal defeated Russian Federation in their friendly on Saturday night and they now head off to Krasnodar to take on Nigeria.