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Spain made to suffer in Argentina

Published: Wednesday 8 September 2010, 0.43CET
Argentina 4-1 Spain
Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín and Carlos Tévez all hit first-half efforts as the world and European champions experienced a rare defeat.
Spain made to suffer in Argentina
Lionel Messi gave Argentina an early lead against Spain ©AFP

Match statistics

ArgentinaSpain

Goals scored4
 
1
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
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Published: Wednesday 8 September 2010, 0.43CET

Spain made to suffer in Argentina

Argentina 4-1 Spain
Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín and Carlos Tévez all hit first-half efforts as the world and European champions experienced a rare defeat.

Argentina 4-1 Spain
World and European champions Spain were made to taste a rare defeat as they were comprehensively beaten by Argentina in Buenos Aires.

Fresh from winning 4-0 away against Liechtenstein in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group I on Friday, Vicente del Bosque's charges were brought down to earth by first-half efforts from Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín and Carlos Tévez. Fernando Llorente responded late on for the visitors, but the last word fell to Sergio Agüero, who restored Argentina's three-goal advantage.

Spain's troubles began ten minutes in as the familiar face of FC Barcelona's Messi chipped superbly over goalkeeper Pepe Reina after collecting a Tévez through ball. Moments later Tévez fed Real Madrid CF's Higuaín to double the advantage, and the Manchester City FC forward added the third himself on 34 minutes following a slip by Reina.

Argentina coach Sergio Batista can hardly have hoped for a better opening period, and his troops made light of Llorente's 84th-minute consolation when Agüero headed in during stoppage time.

 
Last updated: 30/11/12 13.29CET

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Lineups

Argentina

Argentina

Spain

Spain

RomeroSergio Romero (GK)
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
Substitution46
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
PiquéGerard Piqué
MilitoGabriel Milito
Yellow Card12
MonrealNacho Monreal
Yellow Card68
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
Yellow Card65
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Yellow Card89
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Yellow Card23
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Yellow Card19
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution71
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution46
Éver BanegaÉver Banega
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Yellow Card23
Substitution56
TévezCarlos Tévez
Goal34
Substitution60
BusquetsSergio Busquets
MessiLionel Messi
Goal10
Substitution90
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution46
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Goal14
Substitution68
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution46

Substitutes

Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution60
Yellow Card76
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
Substitution46
D'AlessandroAndrés D'Alessandro
Substitution90
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution71
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution68
Goal90
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution46
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution56
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution46
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution46
Goal84

Coach

Sergio Batista (ARG) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Oscar Ruiz (COL)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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