• FT

    Argentina

    3

    Panama

    1

  • PPD

    Uruguay

    P

    Argentina

    P

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3 - 1

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Bergessio hits brace

BUENOS AIRES, May 20 (Reuters) - Striker Gonzalo Bergessio scored twice to give Argentina, fielding an experimental team entirely of home-based players, a 3-1 win over Panama in a friendly on Wednesday.

The game in the provincial capital of Santa Fe was

Argentina's first since their 6-1 drubbing in Bolivia in a

World Cup qualifier at high altitude in April.

Huracan striker Matias De Federico put Argentina ahead

after 27 minutes, curling a left-foot shot into the top corner

from just inside the penalty area.

But Nelson Barahona took advantage of slack Argentine

marking to grab a shock equaliser for the visitors two minutes

later.

Bergessio, making his second appearance and one of the few

Argentina players with any previous caps, restored the hosts'

lead five minutes before halftime when he headed in De

Federico's cross.

The San Lorenzo striker completed the scoring six minutes

from time with a left-foot shot after chesting down Rodolfo

Montenegro's cross.

"I was delighted with everyone," said Maradona, who is due

to announce his squad on Friday for next month's World Cup

qualifiers at home to Colombia and away to Ecuador.

Following the embarrassing loss in Bolivia, Maradona may

send an alternative team to Ecuador which is also at high

altitude.

Scoring Summary

  • Argentina
  • Panama