Russian Federation 0 Argentina 1: Aguero ends drought in first start under Sampaoli

Russian Federation 0 Argentina 1: Aguero ends drought in first start under Sampaoli

Talking about Icardi's omission from the squad for so long, Messi said, "It was said that I didn't want Icardi coming to the national team, but I've never decided if a player comes or not".

Sampaoli added: "We played in a courageous, bold manner".

"The things we've planned did work".

Messi helped Jorge Sampaoli's men to a 1-0 friendly win over Russian Federation on Saturday, but he will skip its next clash - a meeting with Nigeria.

Feeling red-faced about his error, Messi quickly contacted Driussi to apologise and later admitted to Fox Sports Argentina that he does actually know the player.

Spain, who won the World Cup for the first time in 2010, will be in the pot of second seeds with England, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay when the draw for next year's tournament takes place in host city Moscow on Friday December 1.

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"Messi and Aguero has so much understanding during the game which was good".

Lionel Messi has issued an apology for an embarrassing gaffe which resulted in him confusing fellow Argentine footballer Sebastian Driussi for a supporter.

The first real opening came when Angel Di Maria's cross-goal shot from Messi's lay-off was kept out by Akinfeev, and Aguero was unable to turn home the loose ball from an acute angle.

Three minutes later, Aguero forced Akinfeev into a diving save to deny his attempt from just outside the box.

Akinfeev produced an impressive one-handed stop to keep Aguero's low effort from 20 yards out of the bottom-right corner midway through the half. "We need to continue to do the same", Sampaoli said through a translator.

Sergio Aguero's late goal defeated Russian Federation in their friendly on Saturday night and they now head off to Krasnodar to take on Nigeria.