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Ibrahimovic, Messi off target as Argentina beat Sweden 3-2

Published on Feb 7, 2013 6:03 AM
Argentina's striker and team captain Lionel Messi (front) tries to score during the FIFA World Cup 2014 friendly match Sweden vs Argentina at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on Feb 6, 2013. Argentina won 3-2. -- PHOTO : AFP 

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Argentina defeated Sweden 3-2 in an international friendly on Wednesday on a night when superstar strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi were both off target.

Argentina were 3-1 up by the break courtesy of two strikes from Gonzalo Higuain and one from Sergio Aguero while Jonas Olsson was on target for the Swedes.

Argentina had been held 0-0 by Saudi Arabia in their last friendly international while Sweden recorded a 4-2 win over England with Zlatan Ibrahimovic famously grabbing all four goals.

Ibrahimovic and Messi went into the game leading the goal-scoring charts in their respective leagues - Messi has 34 in La Liga with Barcelona while Ibrahimovic has hit 20 with Paris Saint-Germain in France.

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