International Friendlies

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.



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12L KalinicSubstituted 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


  • 1Vargic
  • 6Mitrovic
  • 8Halilovic
  • 9N Kalinic
  • 11Tomecak
  • 14Jajalo
  • 15Strinic
  • 18Rog
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Argentina 2, Croatia 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Argentina 2, Croatia 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Domagoj Antolic (Croatia).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marin Leovac (Croatia).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Silva (Argentina).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Erik Lamela (Argentina).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Marin Leovac.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Croatia. Ivan Vargic replaces Lovre Kalinic.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marko Rog (Croatia).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Croatia. Marko Rog replaces Duje Cop.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Croatia. Matej Mitrovic replaces Marko Leskovic.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Milan Badelj (Croatia).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Silva (Argentina).