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Aguero collapses at halftime as Argentina lose to Nigeria

  • Published at 02:51 am November 15th, 2017
Aguero collapses at halftime as Argentina lose to Nigeria
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero collapsed in the dressing room at halftime before they lost 4-2 to fellow World Cup qualifier Nigeria after taking a two-goal lead in a friendly in Krasnodar, Russia Tuesday. The Argentine Football Federation said in a statement that Aguero, who scored in the first half, was taken away for routine examinations but added: "The player is well". His Premier League club Manchester City said the 29-year-old Aguero had been cleared by doctors to return to England as planned after he suffered what they called "a dizzy spell". "Sergio never lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks," City said on their official website (www.mancity.com). Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli rested Lionel Messi following the 1-0 win over next year's World Cup host Russia Saturday and it seemed that they could cope without him. Ever Banega curled in a free kick, awarded after Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi picked the ball up outside his area, in the 28th minute and Aguero finished off a sweeping counter-attack eight minutes later. But Kelechi Iheanacho inspired Nigeria's fightback. First, he emulated Banega by scoring from a free kick on the stroke of halftime and then set up the equaliser by pulling the ball back for Alex Iwobi to net seven minutes after the re-start. The Super Eagles took the lead two minutes after that when Brian Idowu sidefooted home from the edge of the area to finish off a counter attack. A superb goal by Iwobi completed the comeback in the 73rd minute as he collected the ball, slipped it between Javier Mascherano's legs and fired past Agustin Marchesin. Argentina staggered through their World Cup qualifying campaign, only clinching their place at the finals with a 3-1 win in Ecuador in their final match. Aguero will be assessed by Manchester City's medical team ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Leicester City. RESULT Argentina 2 (Banega 27, Aguero 36) Nigeria 4 (Iheanacho 45, Iwobi 52, 73, Idowu 54)
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