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Summary

  1. Raphael Guerreiro scores injury-time winner
  2. Messi and Ronaldo both subbed off at half-time
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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Portugal 1-0 Argentina

Raphael Guerreiro's late winner was Portugal's one and only effort on target.

Argentina managed three, but it looked like both teams had already switched off mentally once their two captains had stayed back in the dressing room on 45 minutes.

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"I'm not saying we've missed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo much but until Portugal scored, the loudest cheer of the second half was for a pitch invasion by an Argentina fan. Still, at least we have a winner."

Portugal 1-0 Argentina

The teams trudge off towards the tunnel, neither look that eager to get back to the dressing room.

They might not like the reception they get when within earshot of the paying public either. There are whistles and jeers as Martin Atkinson puts this dog of a game down.

FULL-TIME

Portugal 1-0 Argentina

GOAL

Portugal 1-0 Argentina - Raphael Guerreiro

Who had Raphael Guerreiro as first goal-scorer then?

The 20-year-old substitute left-back dives in to head home unmarked as the Argentina defence go AWOL.

And that is all but the last bit of action.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

A low cross from the left, skims off the surface hits Portugal striker Eder on the chin and bobbles well wide.

And it is probably the best moment in the second half.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Times football reporter Tony Barrett: This is absolutely turgid. People have paid up to £60 each for tickets for a complete non-event

YELLOW CARD

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Erik Lamela going in on Nani. It is hardly clash of the tackling titans, but Lamela goes in sufficiently clumsily to earn a yellow card.

Ricardo Quaresma squanders the free-kick with an ugly shank off his toe.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

The crowd are showing admirable faith in the Manchester transport infrastructure. Plenty still sticking around for the final ten minutes despite little sign of any entertainment emerging from this kickabout.

SUBSTITUTION

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Portugal coach Fernando Santos takes matters into his own hands. He tells William Carvalho, a regular gossip column gooseberry, to get stripped and takes Tiago off before he gets himself sent off.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Tiago has got the mood all wrong here.

With the game meandering along with little purpose or urgency, the Portugal midfielder leaps in with a scissoring sliding tackle.

In a competitive fixture he would be walking. Here, he is spared with just a stern final warning from referee Martin Atkinson.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"You can tell a crowd is bored when they do a Mexico Wave with 20 minutes to go, and it is now on its fourth circuit of the stadium. Radamel Falcao is staying firmly in his seat, but even he must be tempted."

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Suddenly cheers, jeers and the sound of seats slapping upwards as people leap to their feet.

But, in the absence of anything of interest on the pitch, the crowd are making their own fun with a Mexican wave.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Still stalemate, but at least one loser for the evening has been confirmed.

The crowd has been announced at a shade over 41,000, some

4,000 short of the number needed for organisers to meet their revenue targets.

I don't think they will be repeating this experiment any time soon.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"Cristiano Ronaldo's early exit might mean Old Trafford's matinee idol has finished his show for the night but Argentina have just sent on the pantomime villain in these parts, Carlos Tevez.

"Not the greatest welcome back to Manchester for Tevez, who is greeted by a cacophony of boos - from City and United fans, I would imagine - as he jogs on to the pitch."

SUBSTITUTION

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Well that didn't take long. Angel di Maria gets the hook on the hour mark, with Tottenham's Erik Lamela on in his place.

Carlos Tevez is welcomed back to Manchester with a grumble as he replaces Gonzalo Higuain.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"It's all gone very flat here, as you would expect with the best two players on the planet having disappeared from view. It will be very interesting how long the neutrals in this crowd hang around for now they know they will not be seeing any more of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo tonight.

"If and when Angel Di Maria gets hauled off then the Manchester United fans here might lose interest very quickly, for starters."

YELLOW CARD

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Former Chelsea midfielder Tiago does a little Riverdance rendition on the shinpad of Javier Mascherano to pick up a booking.

Mascherano does not have happy memories of Old Trafford. When playing for Liverpool, he was shown a straight red in a 3-0 defeat against United in 2008.

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Jay on Twitter: If I were at Old Trafford right now, I'd expect half my money back. Nobody came to watch Argentina vs Portugal

SUBSTITUTION

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

This game is spluttering and stuttering like an old banger. More hold-up and re-jig as Tiago Gomes comes off injured to be replaced by 20-year-old Raphael Guerreiro for Portugal.

KICK-OFF

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Atmosphere punctured by the substitutions, we are back underway.

SUBSTITUTION

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

It looks like it is a superstar truce.

Lionel Messi is off with Nicolas Gaitan introduced.

The crowd murmur their discontent as the announcements are made.

SUBSTITUTION

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Portugal are back out and Cristiano Ronaldo's Old Trafford return is over.

He, Pepe and Danny all make way with Eder, Jose Fonte and Ricardo Quaresma on in their place.

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"Lionel Messi may have had the better first 45 minutes and he also went closest to breaking the deadlock, but it was Cristiano Ronaldo who stole the show at half-time, walking off to a standing ovation from the Stretford End and returning the applause as he walked off.

"The Portugal fans are here in greater numbers than their Argentine counterparts, but that Ronaldo reception was definitely down to his past exploits on this pitch for Manchester United."

Lionel Messi
AP

Like a little blue and white comet shooting across the Old Trafford turf, Lionel Messi has left a tail of red-shirted defenders trailing in his wake on several occasions.

Argentina have had six shots at goal, two on target. Portugal have managed just two effort, both wide of the mark.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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That is no way to greet Martin Atkinson. Cristiano Ronaldo comes over all Agincourt on his return to England.

HALF-TIME

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

A Cristiano Ronaldo shot stings, imagine what it feels to get the boot that propels them in your chest.

Cristian Ansaldi doesn't need to. The Argentina defender feels the full force as Ronaldo swings his right peg at a volley and catches only ribcage.

It was accidental, and Ansaldi is back into the action.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport

"It's a strange atmosphere at Old Trafford, even considering this is a friendly on neutral ground. Keep your eyes closed and you would still know when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are on the ball, or even near it, because of the screams and the whistles.

"Otherwise, the game is sometimes being played in near silence and you can even hear the occasional yell from the managers and players."

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Martin Demichelis has got the job of marking Cristiano Ronaldo at corners and is banking on the strength of his grappling arms rather the spring in his ageing knees.

The Manchester City man keeps Ronaldo earth-bound as Bruno Alves heads Nani's corner against his team-mate.

Portugal are getting into it after a sharp start from Argentina.

YELLOW CARD

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Joao Moutinho also has his name taken after a cynical shoulder barge on the edge of the box.

Lionel Messi can't administer more severe punishment though, clouting a free-kick over the top from a good position.

YELLOW CARD

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Argentina defender Cristian Ansaldi sends Cristiano Ronaldo tumbling. Not a lot of malice in it, but Cristiano Ronaldo's pace means that the collision looks dramatic.

The yellow card pops out of referee Martin Atkinson's pocket.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

The crowd ohh, ahh, but the cheers stick in their throats as Cristiano Ronaldo hammers high and over the top from a tight angle after twisting and turning Facundo Roncaglia.

Danny was unmarked in the middle. But it would take some nerves to tell Ronnie what to do.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Argentina are dictating terms so far. There are wave after wave of Albiceleste attacks, not quite a storm, but it is getting choppy out there.

Javier Pastore heads the ball into Beto's gloves from Facundo Roncaglia's cross in their latest raid.

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Jay on Twitter: Was that payback from Nani?

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Angel di Maria
PA

That is one way to win your Manchester United place back.

Nani, on loan at Sporting Lisbon, lands all eight studs on Angel di Maria's shin, sending the Argentine to the turf clutching and writhing.

Louis van Gaal looks down from the posh seat with his spectacles on the end of his nose and will be relieved to see United's record signing back and running, albeit gingerly, after treatment.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

That is the sort of quality that QPR have not missed at all this season.

Jose Bosingwa, now at Trabzonspor in Turkey, badly over-hits a cross when he had time to pick out his man.

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
PA

"There is a lot of noise whenever Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi are in possession, and it gets louder the nearer they get to goal - rising to its highest volume yet when Messi played that neat one-two and hit the post.

"The cheers are mixed with some jeering from the Portugal fans whenever Messi gets the ball, but Ronaldo is the only player to have been booed by his own fans in the first few minutes - when he left a Portugal free-kick near the edge of the Argentina box for Nani to take."

HITS THE WOODWORK

Portugal 0-0 Argentina

If this was a rap battle, Lionel Messi has just swiped the mic and landed a decent comeback.

The Barcelona man gives and goes and his pace gets him in behind Tiago Gomes before Pepe has a chance to step up.

Goalkeeper Beto comes rushing out to close the tight angle, but Messi's stabbed shot gets between his legs and only stays out thanks to a deflection off the inside of the near post.