Pastore, Aguero propel Argentina past Ecuador at MetLife

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

E. RUTHERFORD – Argentina put a winning bow on their U.S. tour, riding goals from Manchester City star Sergio Aguero and PSG’s Javier Pastore to beat Ecuador 2-1 at Metlife Stadium.

Aguero put Argentina in front early, but a Miller Bolanos equalizer sent both teams tied at the half. Pastore played hero in the  second, putting the Albiceleste in front for good — despite the absence of team talisman, Leonel Messi (foot injury).

Pressing early, Aguero put Argentina up just eight minutes into the match, heading home from a brilliant build up thanks to a Pastore flick from a Angel di Maria corner.  It was Aguero’s 22nd international goal.

Ecuador responded, pinning back a comfortable Argentina side, leading to a 24th minute equalizer from Bolanos.

Argentina and Ecuador sparred back and forth through the second half, until Pastore managed to break the deadlock. Beating the offside trap on a botched clearance, Pastore slotted home past Alexander Domínguez for the winner.

“I thought this was a pretty good Argentina in general terms, though we have to work with our coordination,” Argentine coach Gerardo Martino after the match.

Argentina are building on towards this summer’s Copa America tournament. The Albiceleste are slated to open the competition against Paraguay on June 13th at the Estadio La Portada in La Serena, Chile.