Ezequiel Lavezzi helps Argentina overcome El Salvador in Maryland

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi played the full 90 minutes as Argentina beat El Salvador at the FedEx Field, Maryland in an international friendly this weekend.

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The Albiceleste secured a 2-0 victory over the Central Americans, with coach Gerardo Martino opting not to risk Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Without their talisman, Argentina were less than impressive.

The match started on a bizarre note as organisers at the FedEx Field played the wrong national anthem for El Salvador.

After a goalless first half, Argentina took the lead when Nestor Raul Renderos put the ball past his own keeper, Derby Carrillo.

Argentina doubled their lead on 88 minutes, when Federico Mancuello marked his debut with a superb freekick.

Lavezzi featured on the right and looked typically energetic, delivering a few fine crosses which his teammates were unable to capitalise on.

Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore played the last 12 minutes of the match, while former Bordeaux left-back Lucas Orban won his second cap.

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