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2 vs 0
Played
November 19, 2013 1:30 AM GMT
Busch Stadium — St. Louis, Missouri
Referee:‬ E. Jurisevic‎
Attendance:‬ 35000‎
 
 
 
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Sergio Agüero
Sergio Agüero
Argentina
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Argentina 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina: Aguero double returns Albiceleste to winning ways

The Manchester City striker scored twice and was lucky to avoid being sent off in an entertaining friendly encounter at Busch Stadium

Zabaleta - Agüero - Argentina - Bosnia
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Argentina ended their two-game winless run with a 2-0 triumph over Bosnia-Herzegovina thanks to a double from Sergio Aguero.

The Manchester City striker scored in both halves but should have been sent off before his second goal for lashing out at Bosnia defender Sead Kolasinac just before the hour-mark.

But the referee only showed Aguero a yellow card and the 25-year-old forward wrapped up Argentina's win with a thumping strike five minutes later, as Alejandro Sabella's team notched just their second victory since they secured World Cup qualification.

Argentina qualified for Brazil 2014 in September with a 5-2 win away to Paraguay but after beating Peru 3-1 in their next international, Sabella's side lost to Uruguay in their final World Cup qualifier and drew with Ecuador in New Jersey on Friday.

Monday's game at Busch Stadium started in frantic fashion with Rodrigo Palacio and Aguero both failing to convert chances from close range before Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic missed a one-on-one opportunity, all within the first 10 minutes.

Aguero's Manchester City team-mate Edin Dzeko was next to miss in an open start to the game, as his shot across goal squirmed wide of the far post.

As the first half wore on, Argentina started to gain the ascendency and deservedly hit the front in the 40th minute. Angel Di Maria's header over the top of Bosnia's defence found Palacio and although the Inter striker failed to beat Asmir Begovic, Aguero thumped home the loose ball.

The referee erred in not showing Aguero a red card in the 59th minute as the Argentine striker stamped into the back of Kolasinac's buttock after the Bosnia defender had brought him down in the box.

Aguero took advantage of the referee's leniency in the 64th minute, running onto Maxi Rodriguez's clever chipped pass and crunching his half-volley past Begovic.

Bosnia kept attacking for the remainder of the match with Dzeko sending a 30-metre shot wide of the goal, while Argentina had two more big chances to score with Aguero scooping the ball over the bar following Begovic's save from Palacio and Erik Lamela missing from close range.

But despite the chances, both sides failed to score and Argentina claimed victory in their last match of the year.


Argentina

22
Sergio Romero
Goalkeeper
3.00
21
2.50
15
3.00
15
M. Rojo
Defender
3.00
-
3.00
5
Pablo Zabaleta
Defender
3.00
22
Ángel Di María
Midfielder
86′
3.50
14
Javier Mascherano
Midfielder
3.00
11
Maxi Rodríguez
Midfielder
66′ 72′
3.50
8
3.00
16
4.00

Bosnia

3.00
1
Asmir Begovic
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
3.00
3
3.00
5
Emir Spahic
Defender
 - 
6
2.50
4
2.50
15
Miralem Pjanic
Midfielder
2.50
10
3.00
-
Edin Višća
Midfielder
2.50
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
3.00
9

Substitutes

1
 - 
21
 - 
24
 - 
4
 - 
-
Lucas Orban
Defender
 - 
24
 - 
-
Ever Banega
Midfielder
 - 
5
Lucas Biglia
Midfielder
72′
 - 
11
 - 
11
Erik Lamela
Midfielder
77′
2.50
21
 - 
9
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
16
Jasmin Fejzic
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
2.50
14
Izet Hajrovic
Midfielder
69′
 - 
-
2.50
-
Zoran Kvržić
Midfielder
69′
 - 
23
 - 
-
 - 
19
Senad Lulic
Midfielder

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Assist
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  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
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  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
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  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0