Argentina 3-0 El Salvador, Highlights: Messi unavailable; Romero, Fernandez and Lo Celso score in comfortable win

Check Sportstar’s highlights of the international friendly in which Argentina beat El Salvador 3-0 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, USA.

Updated : Mar 23, 2024 07:35 IST

Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during International Friendly match against El Salvador at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during International Friendly match against El Salvador at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during International Friendly match against El Salvador at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Read Sportstar’s highlights of the international friendly in which Argentina beat El Salvador 3-0. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolded at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, USA.
  • March 23, 2024 07:29

    Argentina comfortably beats El Salvador 3-0 in its first match of 2024 courtesy goals from Cristian Romero, Enzo Fernandez and Giovani Lo Celso. The world champion side next takes on Costa Rica in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

  • March 23, 2024 07:27

    Argentina runs down the clock and that’s it for tonight.

  • March 23, 2024 07:26

    Clumsy challenge from Lautaro Martinez on a Salvadorian player but he avoids being booked.

  • March 23, 2024 07:25

    Gonzalez comes out of his box in a complicated one-on-one situation and kicks the ball out for a throw-in for Argentina. 

  • March 23, 2024 07:21

    Long-range right-footed curler from Paredes but Gonzalez has no issues in deflecting it behind for a corner kick for Argentina.

  • March 23, 2024 07:18

    As expected, it has been a tough test for El Salvador. Alexi Mac Allister earns a corner after another heroic save from Gonzalez.

  • March 23, 2024 07:16

    More changes. German Fuentes and Jeremy Garay come on for Jairo Henriquez and Nelson Bonilla.

  • March 23, 2024 07:12

    Into the final 15 minutes of this contest. Some fresh legs on the pitch for both teams. 

  • March 23, 2024 07:10

    El Salvador replaces Darwin Ceren with Melvin Cartagena.

    Argentina brings on Alexis Mac Allister and Nahuel Molina for Lo Celso and Romero, the goal scorers.

  • March 23, 2024 07:08

    Argentina continues to enjoy a large share of possession. Garnacho wins a corner. Short corner taken quickly but it does not materialise into anything significant.

  • March 23, 2024 07:06

    Multiple saves from Mario Gonzalez in the space of a few seconds. He is single-handedly helping El Salvador avoid the defeat by a huge margin.

  • March 23, 2024 07:04

    El Salvador brings on Pablo Punyed and Julio Sibrian to replace Narciso Orellana and Bryan Tamacas.

    Argentina replaces Rodrigo De Paul with Facundo Buonanotte.

  • March 23, 2024 07:03

    Jorge Cruz knew what he was doing as he dragged down Di Maria who was headed towards the penalty area. Cruz gets a yellow card.

  • March 23, 2024 07:02

    Argentina continues to look for more goals. No relief for El Salvador as it is forced to keep sitting deep in its own half.

  • March 23, 2024 06:58

    Powerful left-footed strike from Di Maria from the edge of the box but its towards the centre and Gonzalez is able to make the save.

  • March 23, 2024 06:56

    Corner for Argentina taken by Di Maria but no harm done to the Salvadorian goal this time.

  • March 23, 2024 06:54

    More changes for the South Americans. Valentin Barco replaces Nicolas Tagliafico.

  • March 23, 2024 06:52

    GOALLLL!!!!!! Things just keep getting better and better for Argentina. Assist from Lautaro Martinez who plays Lo Celso through the last defender. Lo Celso beats Gonzalez and finds the bottom left corner with a sharp left-footed finish.

  • March 23, 2024 06:49

    Di Maria wins a corner for Argentina. The attack from world champion team is still on!

  • March 23, 2024 06:48

    Yellow card for Nicolas Orellana for a nasty tackle from behind on Lo Celso which infuriates the Argentine players.

  • March 23, 2024 06:44
    46’ Substitutions for Argentina

    Nicolas Otamendi and Alejandro Garnacho come on for Nicolas Gonzalez and Enzo Fernandez.

  • March 23, 2024 06:42

    Right. Can El Salvador make a comeback or will Argentina score more goals? Let’s find out!

  • March 23, 2024 06:33
    First Half stats

    Argentina had 79 per cent possession in the first half and took 13 shots at El Salvador’s goal. One way traffic all the way.

  • March 23, 2024 06:22

    First half is done and safe to say, barring the odd one or two occasions, it has been all Argentina. Cristian Romero’s header gave the early lead before Enzo Fernandez scored the second minutes before the half-time whistle to put Lionel Scaloni’s side in a comfortable position despite the absence of skipper Lionel Messi.

  • March 23, 2024 06:21

    Argentina is clearly not done yet as here comes another shot. This time, a left-footed strike from Lautaro which Gonzalez saves.

  • March 23, 2024 06:19

    GOALLLLLL!!!!!!!!! Enzo Fernandez won’t score an easier goal than this in his career. Brilliant move from the right flank by Argentina before a mishit volley from Lo Celso finds Fernandez at the left post who makes no mistake from point-blank range.

  • March 23, 2024 06:14

    A late challenge by Melvin Cruz on Lautaro Martinez. Argentina takes a quick free-kick but the move ends with the offside flag being raised.

  • March 23, 2024 06:12

    Rodrigo De Paul tries a right-footed curler from the edge of the box but his shot is blocked by a defender before the ball is pouched by Gonzalez.

  • March 23, 2024 06:09

    Foul by Nehuen Perez on Jorge Cruz and El Salvador receives a free-kick near its own box. 

  • March 23, 2024 06:07

    A patient move from the Argentine midfield before passing the ball to Lautaro inside the box but his shot is saved and Scaloni’s side gets yet another corner kick.

  • March 23, 2024 06:05

    So close!!!! El Salvador comes ever so close to find the equaliser as an on-target shot from Jairo Henriquez is deflected behind for a corner by Romero.

  • March 23, 2024 06:03

    Lovely left-footed strike from Di Maria from close range forces Gonzalez to make a save at the near post. Moments later, the Salvadorian goalkeeper is flat on his back after engaging in an aerial duel with an Argentine player. 

  • March 23, 2024 06:01

    De Paul hit in the face as he fights for the ball on the left flank with a Salvadorian player. No harm done though.

  • March 23, 2024 05:59

    El Salvador under tremendous pressure inside its own box as wave after wave of Argentine attack approaches its goal.

  • March 23, 2024 05:56

    Foul by Melvin Cruz on Enzo Fernandez and it is a free-kick for Argentina. However, Paredes’ effort takes a deflection and goes out for a corner.

  • March 23, 2024 05:54

    GOALLLLLLLL!!!!!!! Corner for Argentina and Cristian Romero, placed in the centre of the box, heads the ball perfectly past the Salvadorian goalkeeper to put the world champion side ahead. Argentina 1-0 El Salvador.

  • March 23, 2024 05:51

    Lionel Scaloni’s men trying their best to play the smooth and free-flowing football they are known for but so far, they have not been able to execute something clean and threatening.

  • March 23, 2024 05:49

    Foul by Lo Celso on a Salvadorian defender as he tries to win the ball near the box and it results in a free-kick for El Salvador.

  • March 23, 2024 05:47

    El Salvador on the counter attack! It could possibly have become a one-on-one situation for Emi Martinez before defender Tagliafico made a timely clearance.

  • March 23, 2024 05:44

    Shot from Lautaro Martinez blocked by the Salvadorian defence before being punched above the bar by goalkeeper Mario Gonzalez. Corner for Argentina but the world champion side fails to convert it into a goal.

  • March 23, 2024 05:42

    This time, Argentina tries a slick one-touch move through the midfield with Rodrigo De Paul doing much of the work but nothing comes off it. 

  • March 23, 2024 05:40

    First corner kick of the match and it is El Salvador who earns it. It tries the short corner routine before crossing it into the box but Emiliano Martinez pouches the ball easily.

  • March 23, 2024 05:38

    Argentina tries to make a move with an aerial pass along the left flank but the ball is headed out for a throw-in by a Salvadorian defender.

  • March 23, 2024 05:36

    The first half is underway. It sure is going to be a tough test for El Salvador. 

  • March 23, 2024 05:30
    Time for the national anthems

    We are minutes away from the kickoff at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, USA as the two teams step on the pitch but first, it is time for the two national anthems.

  • March 23, 2024 05:14
    FORM GUIDE (Last five matches in all competitions)


    November 22, 2023: Beat Brazil 1-0

    November 17, 2023: Lost 0-2 to Uruguay

    October 18, 2023: Beat Peru 2-0

    October 13, 2023: Beat Paraguay 1-0

    September 13, 2023: Beat Bolivia 3-0

    El Salvador

    March 21, 2024: Drew 1-1 with Bonaire

    February 3, 2024: Lost 0-2 to Costa Rica

    January 20, 2024: Drew 0-0 with Inter Miami

    October 18, 2023: Drew 0-0 with Martinique

    October 14, 2023: Lost 0-1 to Martinique

  • March 23, 2024 05:04
    El Salvador starting line-up
  • March 23, 2024 04:55
    Head-to-head record

    There are two recorded instances of the two sides facing each other. Argentina first took on El Salvador in a group stage match of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The team, which also featured legendary player Diego Maradona, beat El Salvador 2-0 courtesy goals from Daniel Pasarella and Daniel Bertoni. 

    The second and the most recent meeting between the two teams took place in 2015 in a friendly fixture where Argentina again won 2-0. Ever Banega and Federico Mancuello scored the goals in the match, which like today’s fixture, took place in USA.

  • March 23, 2024 04:47
    Argentina’s starting line-up is out!!!
  • March 23, 2024 04:38
    More about the Argentine squad

    The Argentina squad features four players aged under 20. One of the biggest surprises of coach Lionel Scaloni’s squad is 19-year-old left back and midfielder Valentín Barco. He joined Brighton less than two months ago and has had an impact at the English Premier League club.

    The other three teenagers in the world champion squad are forwards; Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho, Brighton’s Facundo Buonanotte and Monza’s Valentín Carboni.

  • March 23, 2024 04:31

    Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the international friendly between reigning world champion Argentina and El Salvador. It is Argentina’s first fixture this year and it will hope to start on a positive note as the preparation continues for Copa America title defence as well as the Paris Olympics.

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