Lionel Messi's Argentina labour to a 0-0 draw against Romania

Lionel Messi struggled with illness while Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria, Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta also failed to impress in their final international friendly ahead of World Cup in Brazil.

updated: March 06, 2014 12:09 IST
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Bucharest: Argentina didn't do their tag as World Cup contenders much good on Wednesday as they laboured to a 0-0 draw against Romania in a friendly which also saw Lionel Messi struggle with illness. Argentina -- who are grouped with Iran, debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina and African champions Nigeria in Brazil -- were hindered by a clearly under the weather Messi, who played the whole of the match despite being physically sick seven minutes in.

Argentinian coach Alex Sabella started with pretty much his first choice side with Messi in the playmaking role while Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain were the strikeforce and other regulars such as Angel di Maria, Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta also featured.

With Messi not at his best little of note was created in a first-half which saw few chances for either side. However, Romanian midfielder Alexandre Maxim should have done better when he was found unmarked in the 33rd minute but he aimed his downward header straight at Monaco 'keeper Sergio Romero who kept it out with his legs.

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