Lionel Messi scored two goals as Argentina held on for a 4-3 win over Algeria in an
international friendly played in Barcelona on Tuesday.
Algerian players celebrate a goal against Argentina
Argentina led two minutes into the game after striker Carlos Tevez converted a penalty awarded after Majid Bouzid fouled striker Diego Milito.
Anthar Yahia equalized for Algeria in the 10th, deflecting in a corner, and the Africans went ahead 2-1 lead in the 43rd thanks to Majid Bougherra's shot that surprised
goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri.
The 19-year-old Messi then converted a penalty after being brought down by defender Mehdi Meniri in the 55th minute to level the scores.
Two minutes later, Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso connected on a Javier Zanetti cross from the right to push Argentina into the lead.
Barcelona's Messi, playing on his home ground, exchanged passes with midfielder
Pablo Aimar before scoring Argentina's fourth in the 74th minute.
Nadir Belhadj scored his second of the night in the 75th but the Argentines held on for the win, three days after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in a friendly.
"I enjoyed the second half, but not the first," Argentina coach Alfio Basile said.
"We have tired players, without their usual rhythm and in the second half, with a
few changes, we were better."