The immediate rerun of the World Cup final had a very different outcome as Angel di Maria inspired Argentina to a 4-2 win over Germany
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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scored twice as Argentina defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 in the United States in their final game of 2013.
Despite fielding five defenders in St Louis, Argentina continued to show frailties at the back but looked impressive in attack thanks to Rodrigo Palacio and, in particular, Aguero, who scored either side of half-time.
Insert 'It's like the ball is glued to his foot!' cliché here…
It's like the ball is glued to his foot… hang on, has anyone checked if the ball actually IS glued to his foot. Amazing control.
The Italy and Argentina squads will be granted an audience with the Pope at an international friendly at Rome's Stadio Olimpico next month, the Italian Football Federation has confirmed.
Pope Francis - born Jorge Mario Bergoglio - became the first Argentinian pope upon his election in March and the footballing federations of both Italy and his homeland have now agreed to "pay homage" to the pontiff.
Lionel Messi eclipsed Diego Maradona's goal tally for Argentina with a hat-trick in his side's 4-0 friendly win in Guatemala.
The Barcelona star took his total for the country to 35 from 82 caps, one more than the iconic World Cup winner.