Messi hopes to avoid Spain in World Cup group

Messi hopes to avoid Spain in World Cup group

It was the first game in four years at Moscow's vast Luzhniki Stadium, which will stage the World Cup final next year, though some fans voiced concerns that security forces and transport links were overloaded by the capacity crowd.

"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. We need to continue to do the same", Sampaoli said through a translator.

That was a different Aguero though, and the Pep Guardiola version put in an excellent performance for Jorge Sampaoli's side today, scoring a deserved victor in the 86th minute of their friendly against Russian Federation.

The coach singled out Aguero for his performance.

On a chilly afternoon in Moscow, Aguero and Angel Di Maria went close to scoring for Argentina in the first half, but were denied by good saves from Russian Federation captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Glushakov arrowed an effort wide and saw a thumping strike after a scramble in the box blocked by Sergio Romero, the goalkeeper making his first save just before the hour mark.

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Otherwise, the hosts posted little attacking threat.

"Argentina scored after the referee failed to see that one of their players was offside, but I'd say they won deservedly".

The national side have become particularly reliant on Messi since his U-turn on retirement from worldwide football, and needed his goals against Ecuador to ensure qualification for next year's tournament. That compares to 10 to 15 minutes normally.

It hosted the 2013 world athletics championships before being closed for renovations to prepare it for the World Cup.

The pitch is natural grass, not artificial as before.