Aguero taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter faint­ing in friendly match

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ar­gentina striker Ser­gio Aguero was taken to a hos­pi­tal for checks af­ter he fainted dur­ing half­time of the team's friendly match against Nige­ria on Tues­day.

The Ar­gen­tine Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion said on its Twit­ter ac­count that the Manch­ester City for­ward "had a black­out and was taken (to hos­pi­tal) so rou­tine ex­am­i­na­tions were made only as a pre­cau­tion."

The AFA gave no fur­ther de­tails on the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred af­ter Aguero had scored in the first half.

Ar­gen­tine me­dia pub­lished pic­tures of Aguero walk­ing out of the sta­dium.

In the match, an Ar­gentina side with­out Lionel Messi squan­dered a two-goal lead and slipped to a shock 4-2 de­feat.

Ever Banega and Aguero gave Ar­gentina the lead, with Aguero's Manch­ester City team­mate Kelechi Iheana­cho pulling a goal back for Nige­ria just be­fore half­time with a free kick.

Arse­nal for­ward Alex Iwobi scored twice and Brian Idowu also found the net for Nige­ria in the sec­ond half.

Ar­gentina de­fender Javier Mascher­ano said: "Play­ing against a team of such phys­i­cal strength you pay the price. They walked all over us... and when we tried to get back on the match we couldn't."

Ar­gentina only se­cured its spot in the next World Cup in the last round of South Amer­i­can qual­i­fiers and has not de­liv­ered con­vinc­ing per­for­mances with­out Messi.

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