Spain vs. Argentina (International Friendly)

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Spain takes on Argentina this evening in a friendly match as part of the Spanish Football Federation’s centenary celebrations.

This will be one of the last international games staged at the Vicente Calderon because Atletico Madrid will be moving to a renovated stadium, Estadio La Peineta, in 2012, and the stadium would be torn down afterwards.

La Furia Roja are enjoying a great run of form as of late, winning nine of their last ten matches (lost in the Confederation Cup against the U.S.) and finishing their World Cup qualifying campaign with a perfect record (scored 28 goals and conceded only 5 in their campaign).

Albicelestes, on the other hand, are currently not experiencing the same supremacy. They were in danger of failing to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1970 during an inconsistent run of performances in the CONMEBOL qualifying.

But despite the World Cup qualification process being complete for both countries, we’re pretty sure Argentina and Spain will not be entering this match with friendly intentions.

Lionel Messi will look to outshine Xavi, Gonzalo Higuain will try to get the better of Iker Casillas, while Cesc Fabregas and Javier Mascherano will bring their EPL rivalry to a new level.

Spain vs. Argentina, which is the better team?

UPDATE: Xabi Alonso scored two goals—including an 86th-minute penalty—to give Spain a 2-1 win over the South Americans.