An English Premier League-laden Argentina came from behind to beat an experimental Croatia side 2-1 in their friendly at Upton Park. The home of West Ham saw the end of Carlos Tevez’s international exile, but the former Hammers favourite had to wait until after the hour mark to grace the east London stage once again. Until then coach Gerardo Martino still had the likes of captain and star attraction Lionel Messi to call upon but it was a first international goal for Rijeka’s Anas Sharbini that gave Croatia a half-time lead. Atletico Madrid full-back Christian Ansaldi also notched his maiden international strike to level matters after the break, albeit in fortuitous circumstances, before Messi put Argentina in front from the penalty spot – with his 45th international goal sealing the win.
(November 12, 2014)