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Argentina 2-1 Croatia

Lionel Messi scores from the penalty spot
Messi missed a penalty when Argentina lost to Brazil last month, but made no mistake against Croatia

Lionel Messi's second-half penalty gave World Cup finalists Argentina victory over Croatia at West Ham's Upton Park.

Croatia went ahead early on when Mateo Kovacic found Anas Sharbini, who bent a shot past goalkeeper Sergio Romero for his first international goal.

Argentina, featuring five Premier League players in their starting XI, levelled when Cristian Ansaldi's shot deflected in off Sergio Aguero's arm.

Messi scored from the spot after Aguero was fouled by goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.

The Barcelona forward also hit a post as Argentina saw off a much-changed Croatia side, with Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren not even among the substitutes.

Former West Ham favourite Carlos Tevez received a rapturous reception when he replaced Aguero in the 62nd minutes, and fellow former Hammer Javier Mascherano went close to adding a third with a long-range drive.

Croatia, who lead qualifying Group H for Euro 2016 after winning their first three matches, play Italy on Sunday in Rome.

Argentina, beaten by Germany in the World Cup final, meet Portugal in a friendly at Manchester United's Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Line-ups

Argentina

  • 1Romero
  • 4Zabaleta
  • 2Vergini
  • 17Fazio
  • 3AnsaldiSubstituted forSilvaat 77'minutes
  • 14Mascherano
  • 19BanegaSubstituted forPereyraat 71'minutes
  • 8Pérez
  • 10Messi
  • 7Di MaríaSubstituted forLamelaat 77'minutes
  • 11AgüeroSubstituted forTévezat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Biglia
  • 6Otamendi
  • 9Higuaín
  • 12Caballero
  • 13Roncaglia
  • 15Demichelis
  • 16Pereyra
  • 18Lamela
  • 20Gaitán
  • 21Guzmán
  • 22Pastore
  • 23Tévez
  • 24Silva

Croatia

  • 12KalinicSubstituted forVargicat 89'minutes
  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 5Jedvaj
  • 4LeskovicSubstituted forMitrovicat 84'minutes
  • 22Leovac
  • 19MilicSubstituted forTomecakat 71'minutes
  • 7Badelj
  • 21Antolic
  • 10SharbiniSubstituted forJajaloat 65'minutes
  • 20KovacicSubstituted forHalilovicat 45'minutes
  • 13CopSubstituted forRogat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vargic
  • 6Mitrovic
  • 8Halilovic
  • 9Kalinic
  • 11Tomecak
  • 14Jajalo
  • 15Strinic
  • 18Rog
Referee:
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamCroatia
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home14
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Argentina 2, Croatia 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Argentina 2, Croatia 1.

Erik Lamela (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Domagoj Antolic (Croatia).

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

Foul by Marin Leovac (Croatia).

Foul by Jonathan Silva (Argentina).

Ivan Tomecak (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Argentina).

Domagoj Antolic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Marin Leovac.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Ivan Vargic replaces Lovre Kalinic.

Jonathan Silva (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marko Rog (Croatia).

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Marko Rog replaces Duje Cop.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Matej Mitrovic replaces Marko Leskovic.

Roberto Pereyra (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Milan Badelj (Croatia).

Lionel Messi (Argentina) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

Foul by Jonathan Silva (Argentina).

Milan Badelj (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Marko Leskovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Jonathan Silva replaces Cristian Ansaldi.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Erik Lamela replaces Ángel Di María.

Offside, Argentina. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Carlos Tévez is caught offside.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Lovre Kalinic.

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

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

Domagoj Antolic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Ivan Tomecak replaces Hrvoje Milic.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Roberto Pereyra replaces Éver Banega.

Attempt missed. Carlos Tévez (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a through ball.

Éver Banega (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia).

Attempt missed. Duje Cop (Croatia) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Lovre Kalinic.

Attempt saved. Carlos Tévez (Argentina) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristian Ansaldi with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Mato Jajalo replaces Anas Sharbini.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Carlos Tévez replaces Sergio Agüero.

Foul by Federico Fazio (Argentina).

Milan Badelj (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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