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Lionel Messi-less Argentina Perform goalless draw with Chile at LA friendly

Argentina, overlooking the suspended Lionel Messi along with a lot of other European-based stars such as Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, appreciated the greater chances but were not able to locate a target before a sparsely populated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Chile, together with Alexis Sanchez leading their assault, were likewise uninspired facing target.

Thursday’s match was the newest instalment of more bitter competition between both sides who fulfilled in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals, won by Chile on every event.

Both sides faced off in this year’s Copa, together with Argentina winning a third-place play-off.

The intense competition was obvious throughout, together with US referee Jair Marrufo revealing no fewer than ten yellow cards within a frequently ill-tempered contest.

Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz was blessed to remain on the pitch after picking up an early reservation and then committing a barbarous stamp on Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovani Lo Celso at the first half.

Marrufo had brandished his yellow card three occasions over the first 15 minutes, warning Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes at the sixth minute to get a rocky tackle on Sanchez.

Aranguiz got Chile’s retaliation in minutes afterwards, stripping Rodrigo De Paul to make a yellow card before after flying on Lo Celso.

Argentina came closest to breaking the deadlock about 23 minutes, Lo Celso releasing Lautaro Martinez on the border of this region who teed up Paulo Dybala to get a shot which was saved by Chile’s Manchester City book goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Chile subsequently missed a golden opportunity to go ahead when Eduardo Vargas cut to locate Cesar Pinares just for the midfielder’s chance to clip on the top of the pub.

The game deteriorated afterwards with both teams creating a flurry of substitutions along with the drama frequently interrupted by fouls.

Quarta missed the opportunity to give Argentina a late winner, causing issues with his aerial ability.

Once more though the centre-half was left defeated, his header by hitting the pub.