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Spain
6-1
Argentina
Costa (12'), Isco (27', 52', 75'), Alcantara (55'), Aspas (74')
Isco (68')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Hernan Otamendi (39')
Tagliafico (68'), Meza (81'), Marcos Alberto Rojo (87'), David Pavon (89')
Timeline
12'     D. Costa (M. Asensio)
(S. Romero) W. Caballero        22'
27'     Isco (M. Asensio)
(E. Banega) N. Otamendi        39'
46'     I. Aspas (D. Costa)
52'     Isco (I. Aspas)
55'     T. Alcantara
56'     S. Niguez (A. Iniesta)
(J. Mascherano) C. Pavon        56'
(G. Higuain) L. Martinez        59'
(E. Banega) P. Perez        62'
(F. Bustos) G. Mercado        62'
(Unsportsmanlike cond) N. Tagliafico        68'
68'     Isco (Unsportsmanlike cond)
74'     I. Aspas (D. de Gea)
75'     Isco (I. Aspas)
76'     Lucas (Isco)
79'     M. Alonso (J. Alba)
(Tripping) M. Meza        81'
82'     D. Parejo (T. Alcantara)
(G. Lo Celso) M. Acuna        84'
(Foul) M. Rojo        87'
(Tripping) C. Pavon        89'

Argentina forward Lionel Messi targets return to action against Spain

Messi targets return to action against Spain
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Argentina ace Lionel Messi hopes to play some part in Tuesday's international friendly with Spain after being forced to sit out the win over Italy.

Lionel Messi has revealed that "the idea is to play against Spain" after being forced to miss Argentina's friendly with Italy due to a minor injury problem.

The 30-year-old watched on from the stands at the Etihad Stadium as his side battled to a 2-0 victory over the Azzurri on Friday night - Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini netting the goals.

Messi hopes to make a swift return to action when Argentina lock horns with Spain in Madrid on Tuesday, however, providing a major boost to his national team and also club side Barcelona.

"I was excited to be able to take part in the game against Italy, but I'm happy with the group's meet-up, I have good feelings," he told Fox Sports. "In principle, the idea is to play against Spain. I'm going to see how I am."

Messi has netted in each of his last six matches, scoring eight goals in total.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona953123111218
2Espanyol9522137617
3AlavesAlaves9522128417
4Sevilla95132012816
5Atletico MadridAtletico944194516
6Real Valladolid943286215
7Real Madrid9423139414
8Levante94141415-113
9Getafe933388012
10Real Betis933357-212
11Real Sociedad83231211111
12EibarEibar9324912-311
13Celta Vigo92431313010
14Valencia917178-110
15Villarreal923467-19
16GironaGirona82331013-39
17Athletic Bilbao8152913-48
18Leganes9225813-58
19Rayo Vallecano8125817-95
20Huesca9126720-135

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