Argentina's players posed behind a banner supporting their country's claims to the Falkland Islands before a World Cup warm-up in Buenos Aries.

The team displayed a message to support an on-going campaign to claim sovereignty of the islands, a British Overseas Territory.

Argentina then beat Slovenia 2-0 with goals from Ricardo Alvarez and substitute Lionel Messi.

They start their Group F campaign against Bosnia-Herzegovina on 15 June.

Lionel Messi of Argentina

Lionel Messi (left), Angel Di Maria (centre) and Sergio Aguero celebrate Argentina's second goal

Coach Alex Sabella chose not to risk Messi, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain or Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria from the start of their final friendly before the finals in Brazil.

But Argentina still went ahead in the 11th minute when Inter Milan midfielder Alvarez scored with a powerful run and shot.

Sabella made changes in the second half and Di Maria and Aguero combined for Messi to add the second when converting Aguero's headed pass with a left-foot finish with 15 minutes to go.

"We have a great group and team," said Messi. "A World Cup is very tough and we will have to fight a lot for it.

"We arrive with the right age, with most of us playing in the best leagues of Europe for years. Winning it is our target, but it will be very hard."

Argentina also face Iran and Nigeria in their qualifying group.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (12)

Argentina

  • 01 Romero
  • 08 Pérez
  • 16 Rojo
  • 23 Basanta
  • 14 Mascherano Booked (Mammana - 77' )
  • 17 Fernández
  • 13 Fernández (Gago - 58' Booked )
  • 06 Biglia (Campagnaro - 14' )
  • 22 Lavezzi (Messi - 58' )
  • 19 Álvarez (Di María - 57' )
  • 11 Rodríguez (Agüero - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Campagnaro
  • 05 Gago
  • 07 Di María
  • 10 Messi
  • 12 Orión
  • 20 Agüero
  • 21 Andujar
  • 24 Mammana

Slovenia

  • 12 Belec
  • 02 Brecko
  • 13 Jokic
  • 20 Stevanovic Booked (Mertelj - 82' )
  • 06 Ilic (Lazarevic - 45' )
  • 05 Cesar (Balazic - 88' )
  • 18 Rotman Booked
  • 08 Kurtic
  • 11 Novakovic (Firer - 88' )
  • 19 Ilicic (Pecnik - 45' )
  • 17 Kirm Booked (Samardzic - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Samardzic
  • 04 Balazic
  • 07 Pecnik
  • 10 Firer
  • 14 Lazarevic
  • 15 Struna
  • 16 Oblak
  • 22 Mertelj
  • 23 Janza
Ref: Martín Vázquez

Match Stats

Shots

14 5

On target

7 3

Corners

1 2

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Argentina 2, Slovenia 0.

90:00 +3:50 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Argentina 2, Slovenia 0.

90:00 +3:45

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

90:00 +2:55

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:55

Foul by Rajko Rotman (Slovenia).

90:00 +0:50

Attempt missed. Jasmin Kurtic (Slovenia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nejc Pecnik.

90:00 +0:30

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

89:51

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:51

Foul by Ales Mertelj (Slovenia).

87:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Slovenia. Ivan Firer replaces Milivoje Novakovic.

87:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Slovenia. Gregor Balazic replaces Bostjan Cesar.

84:37

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:37

Foul by Ales Mertelj (Slovenia).

83:05

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

81:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Slovenia. Ales Mertelj replaces Dalibor Stevanovic because of an injury.

81:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

80:22

Delay in match Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia) because of an injury.

79:45 Booking

Booking Fernando Gago (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:39

Foul by Fernando Gago (Argentina).

79:39

Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Emanuel Mammana replaces Javier Mascherano.

75:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Argentina 2, Slovenia 0. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero with a headed pass.

71:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:21

Delay in match Dejan Lazarevic (Slovenia) because of an injury.

69:58

Foul by Ángel Di María (Argentina).

69:58

Dejan Lazarevic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:13

Foul by José Basanta (Argentina).

65:13

Nejc Pecnik (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:14

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.

62:40

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

62:40

Miso Brecko (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:11

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

60:35

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

60:35

Nejc Pecnik (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:45

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:49

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:49

Foul by Bostjan Cesar (Slovenia).

57:59

Attempt saved. Milivoje Novakovic (Slovenia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dejan Lazarevic.

57:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Fernando Gago replaces Augusto Fernández.

57:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Lionel Messi replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.

57:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Sergio Agüero replaces Maxi Rodríguez.

56:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Ángel Di María replaces Ricardo Álvarez.

56:29

Foul by Augusto Fernández (Argentina).

56:29

Bojan Jokic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:36

Attempt saved. Dejan Lazarevic (Slovenia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rajko Rotman.

54:54

Foul by Augusto Fernández (Argentina).

54:54

Jasmin Kurtic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:39

Attempt saved. Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezequiel Lavezzi.

52:08

Corner, Slovenia. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

50:30 Booking

Booking Javier Mascherano (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:26

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

50:26

Miso Brecko (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:03

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Fernández.

45:52

Foul by Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina).

45:52

Miral Samardzic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Argentina 1, Slovenia 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Slovenia. Miral Samardzic replaces Andraz Kirm.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Slovenia. Dejan Lazarevic replaces Branko Ilic.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Slovenia. Nejc Pecnik replaces Josip Ilicic.

45:00 +0:55 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Argentina 1, Slovenia 0.

44:50

Attempt saved. Miso Brecko (Slovenia) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rajko Rotman.

43:29

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:29

Foul by Bojan Jokic (Slovenia).

42:38

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

42:38

Foul by Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia).

41:28

Foul by Federico Fernández (Argentina).

41:28

Milivoje Novakovic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:17

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

38:17

Foul by Jasmin Kurtic (Slovenia).

37:53

Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:53

Foul by Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia).

36:35

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

36:35

Josip Ilicic (Slovenia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:09

Attempt missed. Rajko Rotman (Slovenia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Bostjan Cesar.

33:55

Attempt saved. Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

33:19 Booking

Booking Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:11

Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:11

Foul by Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia).

32:37

Attempt saved. Marcos Rojo (Argentina) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

32:23

Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:23

Foul by Rajko Rotman (Slovenia).

27:05

Offside, Argentina. Federico Fernández tries a through ball, but Marcos Rojo is caught offside.

26:37 Booking

Booking Rajko Rotman (Slovenia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:33

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:33

Foul by Rajko Rotman (Slovenia).

25:22

Attempt saved. Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

23:55

Corner, Slovenia. Conceded by Hugo Campagnaro.

22:08

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Bostjan Cesar.

20:08

Hand ball by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

18:56

Offside, Argentina. Ezequiel Lavezzi tries a through ball, but Marcos Rojo is caught offside.

18:15 Booking

Booking Andraz Kirm (Slovenia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18:12

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:12

Foul by Andraz Kirm (Slovenia).

13:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Hugo Campagnaro replaces Lucas Biglia because of an injury.

11:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Argentina 1, Slovenia 0. Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

9:01

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

9:01

Josip Ilicic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:55

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

7:04

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:04

Foul by Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia).

6:32

Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:32

Foul by Rajko Rotman (Slovenia).

2:48

Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:48

Foul by Miso Brecko (Slovenia).

1:16

Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:16

Foul by Dalibor Stevanovic (Slovenia).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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