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Played
November 15, 2013 8:00 PM EST
MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referee:‬ S. Petrescu‎
Attendance:‬ 38000‎
 
Top of the Match
Jefferson Antonio Montero
Jefferson Antonio Montero
Ecuador
Ángel Di María
Ángel Di María
Argentina
Flop of the Match
Lucas Orban
Lucas Orban
Argentina
Alejandro Sabella
Alejandro Sabella
Argentina

Ecuador 0-0 Argentina: Albiceleste held in Jersey

Having already qualified for the World Cup the South American sides did battle in the US in a friendly, but despite plenty of endeavor and effort, neither could find a breakthrough

Friendly Argentina Ecuador Ricky Alvarez
Friendly Argentina Ecuador Ricky Alvarez

Argentina and Ecuador played out a dire 0-0 draw in an international friendly at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

In the first match for both teams since CONMEBOL's World Cup qualifying group finished last month, Ecuador and Argentina looked decidedly rusty, although the former should have taken the lead in the opening half.

Captain Antonio Valencia was left unmarked at the back post but his header struck the woodwork instead of finding the back of the net.

Argentine substitute Maxi Rodriguez matched Valencia's effort with two minutes remaining in regulation time when he volleyed onto the post, ensuring the match ended in a draw.

Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella selected an experimental lineup on Friday with Lionel Messi out injured and the likes of Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta on the bench.

Sabella's lineup struggled to get going and Ecuador started the stronger, producing a number of counter-attacks that troubled Argentina.

In the 12th minute, Ecuador should have opened the scoring when Jefferson Montero, who was lively throughout the first half, found Valencia at the back post with a lovely dinked cross but the captain's header struck the post with Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero stranded.

On the half-hour mark, Montero then wasted a one-on-one opportunity, blasting his shot high and wide.

Romero was forced into a sharp save soon after the break when Juan Carlos Paredes unleashed from a tight angle, following a clever back-heel from Christian Noboa.

From then on Argentina started to take control but they failed to convert their best chance of the match in the 88th minute with Rodriguez hitting the post from Zabaleta's cross.



Ecuador

22
3.00
6
F. Erazo
Defender
3.50
2
J. Guagua
Defender
3.00
17
3.00
10
W. Ayoví
Defender
85′
3.00
25
Antonio Valencia
Midfielder
89′
3.00
-
C. Noboa
Midfielder
84′
3.00
14
S. Castillo
Midfielder
3.00
14
E. Valencia
Striker
60′
3.50
9
3.00
-
4.00

Argentina

3.00
22
Sergio Romero
Goalkeeper
2.50
24
3.00
21
2.50
4
2.00
-
Lucas Orban
Defender
3.00
22
3.50
-
Ever Banega
Midfielder
69′
3.50
14
3.00
11
2.50
21
2.50
9

Substitutes

1
 - 
-
C. Ramírez
Defender
 - 
23
G. Achilier
Defender
 - 
-
J. Campos
Defender
 - 
-
O. Bagui
Defender
 - 
13
F. Gaibor
Midfielder
84′ 90′
 - 
19
L. Saritama
Midfielder
 - 
-
F. Martínez
Midfielder
73′
 - 
17
J. Ayoví
Striker
73′ 81′
 - 
24
J. Rojas
Midfielder
89′
 - 
30
R. Ibarra
Striker
60′
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
1
 - 
21
 - 
15
 - 
15
M. Rojo
Defender
 - 
-
2.50
5
 - 
24
 - 
5
Lucas Biglia
Midfielder
69′
 - 
11
 - 
11
Erik Lamela
Midfielder
2.50
16
 - 
8

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Results
 
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A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
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4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
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3 0
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3 0
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2 0
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2 0