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International Friendly Preview: Saudi Arabia - Argentina



Al-Shahrani, Hawsawi, Al-Bishi, Al-Harbi
Kariri, Al-Dosari
Otaif, Al-Jassim, Al-Sahlawi


Zabaleta, Coloccini, F Fernandez, Rojo
Rinaudo, Mascherano, Di Maria
Aguero, Palacio

Benfica pair Ezequiel Garay and Enzo Perez have pulled out of Argentina's squad for the friendly match with Saudi Arabia through injury.

The duo join Gonzalo Higuain (thigh) and Fernando Gago (calf) on the sidelines, while out-of-favour striker Carlos Tevez has been omitted from the squad.

Coach Alejandro Sabella may hand international debuts to striker Franco Di Santo and goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez in the Wednesday clash.

Saudi Arabia has already failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, but boss Frank Rijkaard is expected to name a strong side with an eye on next month's West Asian Federation Championship in Kuwait.


  • Saudi Arabia has won just two of its last 10 matches (W2, D4, L4).

  • Ranked 112th in the world, the Asian nation last featured in a World Cup tournament in 2006.

  • Saudi Arabia's last encounter with Argentina came in the 1992 Confederations Cup, with the South Americans running out 3-1 winners.

  • Argentina has won eight of its last 10 matches.

  • But the Albiceleste have won just one of their last three matches away from home.

  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored eight goals in his last six matches for Argentina.

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