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Spain - Argentina
International friendlies - 27 March 2018
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Spain 6-1 Argentina.
You haven't read that wrong. Julen Lopetegui's side cruise to a convincing victory over Messi-less Argentina in a pulsating and fiercely competitive match.
Spain simply out-played the visitors in every department and extend their unbeaten run to 18 matches.
For Argentina, what next? They have just over three months to get their act together.
- Yellow cardCristian PavónArgentina
Another yellow card, this time it's issued to Pavos for a reckless foul on Koke.
- Yellow cardMarcos RojoArgentina
Rojo is the latest player to receive a booking, for a bodycheck on Asensio.
Acuna smashes the ball straight into the Spain wall. It's been that kind of night for the visitors.
Martinez hits the ground head first after a challenge from Ramos. He's OK though. Argentina have a free-kick, in a central position around 25 yards out.
- OffGiovani Lo CelsoArgentina
- OnMarcos AcuñaArgentina
Argentina sub: Marcos Acuna is on for Lo Celso.
There have been plenty of changes in the second half but it still shouldn't take away from Spain's pulsating performance. They have been miles ahead of Argentina this evening.
- OnDaniel ParejoSpain
Daniel Parejo takes the place of Thiago in Spain's midfield.
- Yellow cardMaximiliano MezaArgentina
Meza goes into the book for a late and nasty challenge on Carvajal. Argentina's frustrations are threatening to boil over.
Into the final 10 minutes of an astonishing match.
- OffJordi AlbaSpain
- OnMarcos AlonsoSpain
Marcos Alonso comes on for his first ever Spain appearance as he takes the place of Alba at left-back.
- OnLucas VázquezSpain
Isco, the hat-trick hero, goes off to a rousing reception as he is replaced by Lucas Vazquez.
GOAL! Spain 6-1 Argentina
What is going on?! Isco grabs Spain's SIXTH of the night and his third of the match.
Otamendi is caught in possession and Aspas is allowed to charge down the right, squaring the ball to Isco who takes a touch before firing it into the bottom corner.
- GoalIago AspasSpain
GOAL! Spain 5-1 Argentina
The visitors are caught out by route-one football. It's really poor defending.
De Gea's punt forward is controlled by Aspas who springs the offside-trap and slots past Caballero.
What were Otamendi and Co doing?!
- OffGerard PiquéSpain
- OnCésar AzpilicuetaSpain
Football is a funny old game, eh? Pique was jeered by the Spain supporters earlier in the match, but now is applauded off the pitch as he's replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.
And now Tagliafico is perhaps fortunate not to receive a second yellow, after a foul on Aspas from behind.
- Yellow cardIscoSpain
Tempers are threatening to boil over as Isco is booked for the reaction to Tagliofico's challenge.
- Yellow cardNicolás TagliaficoArgentina
Tagliafico goes into the book for a foul on Isco.
There has been quite an edge to this game throughout and the challenges continue to fly in.
De Gea is all at sea! The Spain goalkeeper comes for Lo Celso's cross but doesn't get near it. Otamendi heads at goal but is denied his second of the evening by the woodwork!
More frustration for Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli as Lo Celso's free-kick effort from 25 yards sails over the bar.
Another Argentina change: Mercado replaces Bustos.
Ramos has the ball in the back of the net, but it won't count. Anthony Taylor spotted a shove on Rojo as he challenged for Asensio's cross.
- OffGonzalo HiguaínArgentina
- OnLautaro MartínezArgentina
And Higuain's frustrating game comes to a conclusion as he is replaced by Lautaro Martinez.
Pavon replaces Mascherano for Argentina - their first change of the night.
- OffAndrés IniestaSpain
Spain make their second change of the evening: Saul replaces the irresistable Iniesta.
GOAL! Spain 4-1 Argentina
They're running away with it now!
Argentina are cut open too easily once more as Isco is released on the right. He cuts the ball back for Aspas, it takes a ricochet into the path of Thiago who thumps home Spain's fourth of the evening.
GOAL! Spain 3-1 Argentina
A punishing finish from Isco!
Iniesta threads a beautiful ball over the top for Aspas. He rounds the goalkeeper but takes the ball too wide. He doesn't panic though and plays a pass back to Isco who shoots first-time into the bottom corner.
Has Costa done enough to warrant a starting place in the World Cup for Spain?
It's poor from Banega who overcooks his cross.
Lo Celso earns Argentina a free-kick, around 30 yards from goal. It's probably too far to have a shot, so expect the visitors to pump this into the six-yard box.
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Argentina get the second half underway.
More of the same, please.
- OffDiego CostaSpain
- OnIago AspasSpain
Iago Aspas replaced Costa at the interval. I'm assuming the Atletico Madrid forward was struggling after his earlier collision with Romero, which led to Spain's opening goal.
- End of 1st Half
A sensational first-half comes to a conclusion.
Diego Costa gave Spain the lead on his first start in seven international matches, before Isco doubled the home side's advantage a short while later.
But Otamendi's header on 39 minutes has given Argentina a fighting chance to secure a draw.
One minute of injury-time will be played.
Ramos was at fault for the goal and it's almost as if he's trying too hard to make amends; the defender has committed a couple of needless fouls since Argentina scored.
Spain are determined to extend their two-goal lead. Isco skips away from a couple of challenges on the left-side of the box but sees his shot charged down by Otamendi.
Only five minutes of this pulsating first-half remain. Do we have to stop?
- GoalNicolás OtamendiArgentina
GOAL! Spain 2-1 Argentina
Game on, Argentina are right back in this!
It's Otamendi of all players who grabs the goal. He out-jumps Ramos (who mis-times his leap) and generates the power needed in his header to beat De Gea, as he converts from Banega's corner delivery.
Spain's midfield has been immense; Iniesta and Asensio in particular. And Costa in attack has been dangerous, constantly finding space and causing havoc in Argentina's defence.
And now Lo Celso tries the spectacular. The Argentine playmaker attempts to lob De Gea from all of 30 yards but the Spain goalkeeper is well positioned to catch the ball.
Meza has been Argentina's standout player thus far and he's doing his best to make something happen for the visitors. He releases Tagliafico who opts to shoot with the outside of the foot and it's easily cleared by Spain's defence.
Spain have taught their visitors a lesson in attacking proficiency in a breathtaking half-an-hour of football.
Is there any way back for Argentina?
GOAL! Spain 2-0 Argentina
Argentina are punished for a dreadful clearance as Asensio works the ball into Isco who side-foots the ball into the bottom corner, beyond the reach of Caballero, from inside the box.
Isco gets away from his marker to nod Asensio's cross to the back post where Alba is perfectly positioned to double Spain's advantage but he flashes a volley over the bar from just a few yards out.
Almost a wonderful equaliser!
Meza drives through the midfield, plays a lovely give-and-go with Lo Celsa to close in on goal but Ramos gets across to make a vital block.
- OffSergio RomeroArgentina
- OnWilly CaballeroArgentina
Romero is going to be forced off after that earlier collision with Costa; he's being replaced by Willy Caballero.
Higuain fluffs his lines - and it's not for the first time this evening. Mascherano's ball over the top to Meza is perfect. He takes it down on the chest before laying it back to Higuain but he mis-kicks and the ball rolls comfortably into the arms of De Gea.
There is nothing friendly about this encounter, believe me. These sides aren't giving each other an inch.
Maybe he's running on adrenaline but Costa is back on his feet and looks fine. The 29-year-old hasn't done his World Cup chances any harm at all with that brave goal.
Romero is fit to continue but Costa is still struggling.
Say what you like about the former Chelsea striker, but you can't question his desire or bravery. Few players would have challenged for that ball.
- GoalDiego CostaSpain
GOAL! Spain 1-0 Argentina
Costa breaks the deadlock, but there's some concern over the Atletico Madrid forward.
Iniesta wins the ball back for his side, he feeds Asensio who threads a through-pass to Costa. He shows tremendous bravery as he slides in for a 50/50 with Romero and the ball is bundled over the line.
His left shin collided with the Argentina goalkeeper and both players are hurt.
Pique has been jeered by his home supporters since kick-off, which is highly confusing given his ability. And he gets his side out of a tight spot after a perfectly-timed challenge on Banega just now.
Argentina break quickly as they work the ball to Meza down the left channel. He fizzes a lovely cross to Higuain who gets goal-side of his marker but, with the goal gaping, he slices his effort wide of the Dea Gea's post.
Englishman Anthony Taylor is the man in the middle for tonight's game.
Spain's pressing has been excellent but it won't prevent Argentina trying to play out from the back.
Banega overcooks his cross though and the ball rolls out harmlessly for a goal-kick.
Higuain tries to make advances in the centre of the park but is fouled by Thiago and now Argentina have an opportunity to test the home side's rearguard with a free-kick, which they will pump into the penalty area...
Spain have started on the front-foot, both on and off the ball. They are pressing their visitors high up the pitch and the early signs suggest they are not treating this one as a friendly.
Romero is off his line to make his first save of the night, as he gathers Asensio's low cross.
Two heavyweights collide! Let's go...
Ramos is parading around with a framed shirt to mark his 150th cap for Spain.
It's almost time for the national anthems!
Spain versus Argentina... there's a special ring about this one. Let's hope we are in for a cracking game.
Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli makes five changes in total: Romero, Rojo, Mascherano, Benaga and Meza come into the side.
In total Spain make two changes from the side that drew against Germany: Asensio and Costa replacing David Silva and Rodrigo.
Rodrigo netted against Germany and will be disappointed to lose his place, but this is an opportunity for Costa to prove his worth.
Argentina have won only 12.5 per cent of South American 2018 World Cup qualifying games without Messi, compared to 60 per cent when he has played.
Giovani Lo Celso retains a starting place in Argentina's starting XI as the PSG playmaker fills the gap left by the injured Messi.
The Barcelona superstar was earmarked for a return this evening after sitting out the 2-0 victory over Italy on Friday, however it is understood he wasn't feeling fully right this morning.
Ever Benega, who was on the scoresheet on Friday night, features in midfield.
It’s interesting that Diego Costa is included in Spain’s starting line-up by manager Julen Lopetegui. The former Chelsea striker is given the nod ahead of current Blue Alvaro Morata in attack.
Costa’s fall-out at Chelsea looked like it would cost him a place in Russia, but the 29-year-old returns to the fold tonight for his first start in seven international matches, while Morata is named on the substitute’s bench.
ARGENTINA TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Romero, Bustos, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Mascherano, Banega, Lo Celso, Meza, Pavon, Higuain.
SPAIN TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: De Gea, Carvajal, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Thiago, Koke, Asensio, Isco, Iniesta, Diego Costa.
Good evening and welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE text commentary of the international friendly between Spain and Argentina.
With only a matter of months until the World Cup commences in Russia, two of the favourites go head-to-head in a bid to deliver a psychological blow on their rival.
Argentina come into this game on the back of a thoroughly impressive 2-0 victory over Italy on Friday - made even more remarkable when you consider they were missing Lionel Messi – while Spain are also confident having held current world champions to a Germany 1-1 on the same night.