Argentina said goodbye to their home fans before their World Cup trip with a
5-0 thrashing of Canada.
English-based duo Maxi Rodriguez and Carlos Tevez contributed goals for Argentina's win with a convincing performance despite their rivals' obvious weakness.
Liverpool midfielder Rodriguez gave the Albicelestes a two-goal lead before the
32nd minute. In the 16th he opened the scoring with a free-kick from the left
side before Tevez assisted him to made it 2-0 from a counter-attack.
Eight minutes before half-time, Angel Di Maria widened the gap from outside the
box with the left foot as his shot went in off the left post. In the 62nd minute, after a defensive mistake by Andre Hainault, Gonzalo Higuain assisted Tevez to beat keeper Pat Onstad.
Sergio Aguero replaced Tevez in the 70th minute and the Atletico Madrid forward only needed a few seconds to evade Richard Hastings and make it 5-0.
Diego Maradona left the Estadio Monumental Antonio Liberti in happy mood: "The
guys understood we have no friendlies but international matches. We made our
fans happy. We wanted to prove the players can do this and more. The Argentinian fans can be calm because we have good players.''
In the World Cup, Argentina were drawn in Group B alongside Nigeria, South Korea and Greece, while Canada are flying to Venezuela to play the Vinotinto in another friendly on Saturday.