Argentina deny Russian Federation victory as renovated World Cup Final venue opens

Argentina have always been struggling for the ideal "number 9" to compliment the great Lionel Messi, and along with Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero has often been criticised for his performances for La Albiceleste. We played a very intense game. We created resistance to the pressure that our opponent put us under.

"We knew that it would be a tough match and that we wouldn't have possession in some moments", Russian Federation coach, Stanislav Cherchesov, said. It hosted the 2013 world athletics championships before being closed for renovations to prepare it for the World Cup.

He singled out Aguero for creating scoring opportunities despite a lack of space offered by Russia's defensive setup.

Sampaoli's side dominated possession but were unable to break through, another excellent stop from Akinfeev low to his right denying Aguero on the stroke of half-time.

But it looked like there would be no goals in the first game back until Aguero headed home four minutes from time.

Glushakov arrowed an effort wide and saw a thumping strike after a scramble in the box blocked by Sergio Romero, the goalkeeper making his first save just before the hour mark.

The Manchester City striker netted after 86 minutes to earn the South Americans a 1-0 victory at the venue which will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final.

The steeper stands, now over two main tiers, mean better visibility for fans even as capacity increased from the pre- refit 78,000 to 81,000 for the World Cup.