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Sergio Aguero: Argentina striker taken to hospital after fainting during loss to Nigeria

Sergio Aguero
Aguero's goal took him to third place in Argentina's all-time top scorer's list with 36

Sergio Aguero was taken to hospital after fainting in the dressing room at half-time in Argentina's 4-2 defeat by Nigeria in Krasnodar, Russia.

The Manchester City striker had scored to put his side 2-0 up in the first half, but Arsenal's Alex Iwobi found the net twice as Nigeria came back.

The Argentina FA said the 29-year-old had been taken to hospital to "carry out routine studies as a precaution".

They later confirmed that Aguero had been discharged from hospital.

"He is already in the hotel along with the rest of the team," they tweetedexternal-link.

After the match Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said Aguero had "got dizzy and had to leave".

In a statement City said he had been cleared by doctors to return to Manchester as planned "after suffering a dizzy spell" during the match.

"Sergio never lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks," the club said. "He will be assessed by the club's medical team ahead of this weekend's Premier League trip to Leicester City."

Aguero, who became City's all-time leading goalscorer earlier this month, had recently returned to action after he suffered a rib injury in a car crash in Amsterdam in September. He was injured when a taxi he was travelling in after attending a concert crashed into a lamp post.

In Wednesday's international friendly, Leicester's Kelechi Iheanacho netted with a free-kick and Brian Idowu was also on the scoresheet for the Super Eagles, who had fallen behind to strikes from Aguero and Ever Banega.

Analysis - just a little scare

Tim Vickery, South American football expert

Aguero was already feeling unwell during the first half against Nigeria and at half-time in the dressing room he had a blackout.

Perhaps it was a premonition of how badly they would play in the second half. It seems it was just a little scare.

Line-ups

Argentina

Formation 3-3-3-1

  • 23Marchesín
  • 17Otamendi
  • 14Mascherano
  • 4PezzellaSubstituted forInsúaat 80'minutes
  • 8Pérez
  • 19Banega
  • 21DybalaSubstituted forBelluschiat 63'minutes
  • 20Lo CelsoSubstituted forGomezat 58'minutes
  • 26PavónSubstituted forPerottiat 77'minutes
  • 11Di MaríaSubstituted forRigoniat 76'minutes
  • 9AgüeroSubstituted forBenedettoat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mammana
  • 3Fazio
  • 5Paredes
  • 6Insúa
  • 7Benedetto
  • 12Guzmán
  • 13Kranevitter
  • 16Perotti
  • 18Salvio
  • 22Gomez
  • 24Rigoni
  • 25Belluschi

Nigeria

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1AkpeyiSubstituted forUzohoat 45'minutes
  • 12ShehuSubstituted forEbuehiat 45'minutes
  • 20Awaziem
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 6BalogunSubstituted forOmeruoat 61'minutes
  • 2AinaSubstituted forIdowuat 45'minutes
  • 13Ndidi
  • 10Mikel
  • 19Ogu
  • 14IheanachoBooked at 17minsSubstituted forMusaat 70'minutes
  • 18IwobiSubstituted forKayodeat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Henry Agbo
  • 4Omeruo
  • 7Musa
  • 8Etebo
  • 9Kayode
  • 11Onyekuru
  • 15Nwakali
  • 16Ezenwa
  • 17Ebuehi
  • 21Idowu
  • 22Nwakaeme
  • 23Uzoho
Referee:
Vladislav Bezborodov
Attendance:
22,739

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamNigeria
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Argentina 2, Nigeria 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Argentina 2, Nigeria 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fernando Belluschi (Argentina) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Éver Banega (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Johan Ogu (Nigeria).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Rigoni with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Argentina. Conceded by William Troost-Ekong.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Johan Ogu.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Éver Banega (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ahmed Musa (Nigeria).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fernando Belluschi (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolás Otamendi.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alejandro Gomez (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Rigoni with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Nigeria. Olarenwaju Kayode replaces Alex Iwobi.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Nigeria. Ahmed Musa tries a through ball, but John Obi Mikel is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Emiliano Rigoni.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Diego Perotti (Argentina).

  20. Post update

    John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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