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No Messi, no problem as Argentina beat Iraq 4-0

AFP  |  Riyadh 

shrugged off the absence of as a second-string team eased past 4-0 in an international friendly in on Thursday.

used the match to blood a host of new talent with Sergio Romero, defender and striker the only experienced players in the line-up.

Inter Milan's opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a near-post header from a left wing cross by

grabbed the second in the 53rd minute when the finished off a smart one-two with Dybala.

Fiorentina defender German Pezzella headed the third goal from a corner past over-worked with breaking through the defence for the fourth goal in stoppage time.

will face traditional rivals Brazil, also in next Tuesday. Brazil, meanwhile, face the Saudis on Friday.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 09:30 IST