Aguero col­lapses at half­time

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MOSCOW: Ar­gentina striker Ser­gio Aguero col­lapsed in the dress­ing room at half­time be­fore they lost 4-2 to fel­low World Cup qual­i­fiers Nige­ria af­ter tak­ing a two-goal lead in a friendly in Krasnodar, Rus­sia, yes­ter­day.

The Ar­gen­tinian Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (AFA) said Aguero, who scored in the first half, was taken away for rou­tine ex­am­i­na­tions.

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.

Ar­gentina coach Jorge Sam­paoli rested Lionel Messi fol­low­ing the 1-0 win over next year’s World Cup hosts Rus­sia on Satur­day and it seemed they could cope with­out him.

Ever Banega curled in a free kick in the 28th minute and Aguero fin­ished off a sweep­ing counter-at­tack eight min­utes later. But Kelechi Iheana­cho in­spired Nige­ria’s fight­back.

First, he scored from a free kick on the stroke of half­time and then set up the equaliser for Alex Iwobi to net seven min­utes af­ter the re-start. The Su­per Ea­gles took the lead two min­utes later when Brian Idowu side­footed home from the edge of the area. 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. – Reuters

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