Rodriguez fires past McGregor to give Argentina the lead
Scotland fell to defeat as Argentina marked Diego Maradona's first match in charge with victory at Hampden.
Maxi Rodriguez gave the visitors the lead after eight minutes at the end of a superb passing move involving Carlos Tevez and Jonas Gutierrez.
James McFadden came close twice for the Scots before half-time and goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo saved well from the striker early in the second half.
And the home side were unable to find an equaliser in the closing stages.
Argentina dominated early on and captain Javier Mascherano tested goalkeeper Allan McGregor with a powerful swerving volley from 20 yards before Rodriguez opened the scoring.
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Tevez's pass from the right was laid into the path of Rodriguez by Gutierrez and the midfielder took a touch before sliding the ball past McGregor from close range.
The home side were struggling to cope with the Argentines' pace and movement and Scotland captain Barry Ferguson was fortunate not to be booked after a late challenge on Fernando Gago.
McGregor, who was playing in place of the injured Craig Gordon, blocked well with his feet after Ezequiel Lavezzi raced onto a Tevez through ball before unleashing a shot.
The Scots began to venture forward and Kris Commons' cross found McFadden, who took a touch before having his shot deflected over by Martin Demichelis.
Stephen McManus' header from Kirk Broadfoot's flick-on was was diverted over by Gabriel Heinze as the Argentine defence struggled to cope with Paul Hartley's corner.
Scotland captain Ferguson (right) is put under pressure by Gago
Commons then sent over a teasing in-swinging free-kick which Broadfoot could not connect with at the back post.
Argentina responded with a sweeping attack down the right with Javier Zanetti receiving Mascherano's pass on the right before finding Tevez on the edge of the box but the Manchester United striker's effort was off-target.
Scotland almost capitalised on a defensive slip shortly before half-time when McFadden chased Chris Iwelumo's flick-on from a long ball.
Demichelis tried to usher the ball back to Carrizo but hesitated when the goalkeeper did not come off his line and McFadden stole possession before having his shot saved.
The first half ended with Gary Caldwell being booked for a poor challenge on Tevez.
Scotland almost gifted their visitors a second goal early in the second half when Hartley conceded possession deep inside his own half and Rodriguez fed Lavezzi, who fired over.
Commons then sent a dangerous free-kick into the Argentina box and Carrizo saved bravely at the feet of McFadden after the ball had been diverted into the path of the Scotland striker.
Scott Robertson was given his Scotland debut as a replacement for Ferguson with Shaun Maloney also coming on for Hartley.
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Lee Miller, who had replaced Iwelumo at half-time, was found by Maloney's corner with 20 minutes remaining but the striker could not divert his header on target.
McManus was penalised for a late challenge on Demichelis on the edge of the box and Heinze's free-kick sailed over the bar.
Argentina looked to seal their win and Caldwell made an important block from substitute German Denis' shot.
And Scotland were unable to create meaningful openings as Argentina saw out the win.
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