Post match comments:
- Rodrigo de Paul, Argentina midfielder said after the match.
Full Time! Argentina completes a five-star performance before the FIFA World Cup 2022
Foul! Foyth pulls back Hussain and the referee rules for a free-kick in favour of UAE, in its own half. This will be the fourth win in a row for the United Arab Emirates, while Argentina will look to carry on its form in Qatar.
Argentina looking to finish the game with ease, having scored five goals in what will be a very good morale booster before its FIFA World Cup campaign in Qatar, from next week.
Double save by Argentina! UAE catches Argentina napping with a counter attack and Hussain gets the ball in the final third, he delays his shot and passes to Ciao, whose shot is saved on the goal-line by Lisandro Martinez.
Chance for Argentina!
Yellow Card! Majid Al Mehrzi gets a booking for a rasther rash challenge on Joaquin Correa after getting the ball. Free kick for Argentina as Messi steps up for it.
Change for Argentina! In: Guido Rodrigues, Out: Leandro Paredes
Hardly 15 minutes of regulation time left as Argentina looks to shut shop with a comfortable win. Montil tries to get to a long ball from the midfield, but Aldhanhani gets to it first to give Argentina a corner kick.
Argentina goes in attack this time, with Molina carrying the ball close to the UAE box, passes to Messi on his right and the PSG forward tries a left-footed curler that flies off target.
69’ Chance for UAE!
Rodrigo delivers a long ball f Molina, but Rashid gets to it first, beating Molina to steer it out of danger in what has been a one-sided affair so far.
Argentinna enjoying possession in the middle of the park as it tries to start an attack from scratch. Meanwhile, UAE makes two changes, replacing Abdulla Hamad and Alhussein Salah with Majid Rashid and Ahmed Jamil.
Chance! Aldhanhani beats Molina with a brilliant dribble and shoots. But his shot is just over the target as UAE misses another chance to try and pull a goal back.
60’ GOAL! Correa makes it five for Argentina
Yellow Card! Ciao is fouled by Lisandro Martinez, who fails to get the ball and is booked - the first booking of the match so far.
Argentina has four blue shirts securing the back and gives a testimony of its attention with an important interception following a through ball by UAE.
Chance for Argentina! Messi delivers a key pass for Molina, but he fails to connect well as Eisa gets to the ball finally, to catch it and stop that attack.
Argentina testing its squad depth before Qatar 2022!
Chance for UAE! Suhail tries a shot from distance, which hits the goalpost and Ramadan tries another within seconds forcing Emiliano Martinez to make a good save.
Second Half begins!
Half-Time! Argentina stops for a breather at the half-way mark.
44’ GOAL! Messi scores Argentina’s fourth
UAE has almost its entire team in its box, laying deep and trying to stop the bleeding. However, Argentina, with back passes is looking to draw its opponent out for another attempt up the pitch.
Argentina has continues creating attacking chances in the UAE box, while the hosts have not been able to have one shot on target so far.
36’ GOAL! Di Maria scores a brace and Argentina has its third of the night
Argentina almost goes ahead to score another as Messi dribbles past two UAE defenders, however, he is surrounded by white shirts as the ball moves away from him to stop that attack.
25’ GOAL! Di Maria doubles the lead
Argentina is marching forward after the opening goal with Messi creating another chance shortly with Di Maria failing to connect in front of the opposition goalkeeper.
17’ GOAL! Alvarez scores to put Argentina ahead
Rodrigo has been the midfield lynchpin for Argentina so far as he continues to delivers long balls and Acuna makes run along the flanks. But UAE, has managed to keep them quite so far.
Chance! Rodrigo delivers a gorgeous pass into the penalty box for Messi, who reaches to it, but fails to get proper force on the shot. Eisa gets to the ball finally to calm his team and the stadium down.
Chance! Argentina attacks on the counter after a corner kick for UAE and Messi is away with the ball in the left flank. The raucous crowd cheers loudly as he crosses for Alvarez, who fails to get to the box on time and Argentina fails to exploit the attack.
Foul! Argentina is pressing high up the itch and Mac Allister fouls Ramadan from behind in the UAE half as the hosts geta free-kick, to get back possession and try and start again
Acuna manages to sneak in along the left flank, beats his marker and crosses for Rodrigo, who tries a shot from distance. However, no real threat from that as the ball rolls off target.
Argentina is looking for spaces along the flanks as Acuna and Lisandro make runs in the empty spaces in the final third, but three white shirts stay put to deny an attacking chance for Scaloni’s men.
Kick-Off! We are underway in Abu Dhabi
National Anthems done and dusted. Match time now!
Minutes to kick-off!
A counter-attacking formation for Argentina
8:45 pm: With 15 minutes left to kick-off, you can enjoy the FIFA World Cup 2022 quiz and check how much you know about the tournament as it begins in a matter of days from today.
8:35 pm: Starting Lineups out!
With the FIFA World Cup set to begin on November 20, 2022, the last round of international friendlies will see the participating teams get necessary practice before Qatar 2022.
Lionel Messi, arriving in Qatar after a 5-0 win with Paris Saint-Germain is expected to be in action as Argentina plays the United Arab Emirates at the Al-Jazira Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
European powerhouse Germany will be in action against Oman while the runner-up of the last edition of the World Cup, Croatia, will play Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.
Which teams will be in action on November 16, 2022?
Eight of the 32 nations in the FIFA World Cup will be in action in friendlies tomorrow, with two World Cup winners – Germany and Argentina – among them.
Here is the list for the friendly matches:
- Iran vs Tunisia
- Saudi Arabia vs Croatia
- United Arab Emirates vs Argentina
- Poland vs Chile
- Oman vs Germany
- Mexico vs Sweden
Where will the matches be played?
When are the friendly matches?
Where to watch the matches?
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