May 22, 2013
Argentina beat Sweden in FIFA friendly
Gonzalo Higuaín and Sergio "Kun" Agüero led Argentina's victory over Sweden by 3-2 in the FIFA friendly match held in the Friends Arena Stadium, in Stockholm.
Argentina took the lead as early as the third minute when Mikael Lustig steered Higuaín's shot into his own net, and the Swedes found it hard to get a grip on the game as their opponents retained possession with ease.
Sweden equalized when Jonas Olsson headed home Kim Kallstrom's corner after 17 minutes, but Agüero restored Argentina's lead almost immediately with a deft chip. They went 3-1 up when Higuaín was on hand to fire home after Andreas Isaksson could only parry Messi's powerful shot.
Sweden pulled a another goal back in added time when Rasmus Elm found to top corner with a free kick.
Despite remaining scoreless, Messi was not short of chances and could have found the net in the second half. Once again Isaksson thwarted, this time with an acrobatic clearance off the line.
This is the national squad's first match of the year, as it prepares to resume World Cup qualifiers on February 22nd against Venezuela.
Sweden: Andreas Isaksson; Mikael Lustig, Andreas Granqvist, Jonas Olsson, Martin Olsson; Sebastian Larsson, Anders Svensson, Kim Kiltllström, Alexander Kacaniklic; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tobias Hysén. Coach: Erik Hamrén.
Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta; Ezequiel Garay, Federico Fernández, Hugo Campagnaro; Fernado Gago, Javier Mascherano, Ángel Di María; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín, Sergio Agüero. Coach: Alejandro Sabella.
Stadium: Friends Arena, Stockholm
Referee: Antony Gautier (France)