Sans Messi, new-look Argentina rout Ecuador 6-1

Angel Mena scored Ecuador's only goal in the second half before Argentina added three more.

Published: 14th October 2019 07:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2019 07:56 AM   |  A+A-

German Pezzella

German Pezzella scores for Argentina against Ecuador (Photo | Twitter @Argentina)

By Associated Press

ELCHE (Spain): Argentina routed Ecuador 6-1 in a friendly game in Spain on Sunday despite the absence of suspended Lionel Messi.

Lucas Alario, Leandro Paredes, German Pezzella, Nicolas Domínguez and Lucas Ocampos scored for Argentina, which also got on the board with an own-goal by Ecuadorean defender Jhon Espinoza.

Argentina, without many of the starters who played in the recent 2-2 draw against Germany, was up 3-0 at halftime in the southeastern Spanish city of Elche. Angel Mena scored Ecuador's only goal in the second half before Argentina added three more.

There was a brief dispute before Argentina's third goal, which came from a penalty kick. Lautaro Martinez had the ball and wanted to take the penalty, but Paredes prevailed after a discussion between the two. Martínez left complaining but celebrated the goal along with his teammates.

Messi was serving a three-month suspension from internationals because of comments he made against South American soccer body CONMEBOL during this year's Copa América in Brazil.

Argentina also was without players from Boca Juniors and River Plate because the teams are playing each other in the Copa Libertadores semifinal. Others missing from the squad were forwards Ángel Di María and Sergio Aguero.

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