The relationship between Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi was a highlight of Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Russia for coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Aguero made his first Argentina start since Sampaoli replaced Edgardo Bauza and took full advantage by ending an international barren run that stretched back to June 2016.
“This is what we are looking for,” Sampaoli told a post-match news conference at the Luzhniki Stadium, newly refurbished ahead of next year’s World Cup.
“There was more vertical play with [Alejandro] ‘Papu’ Gomez next to [Angel] Di Maria, interesting movements between Aguero and Messi, many movements on the wings.”
“He read and understood the match very well in a few places,” said the former Sevilla boss.
“He had a couple of shots in the first half and another three in the second, one of which was a goal.”