Such was the disparity between Argentina and Singapore that Tuesday’s friendly largely resembled a half-pitch training ground exercise as La Albiceleste’s attack put six past a hopelessly out of their depth Singapore defence.
Little more was expected from the hosts as the AFA’s decision to take the national team to Singapore was a financial decision rather than a football one but from kickoff it was clear that Sampaoli’s much talked about two-man defence wouldn’t be under threat.
With the home side packing players behind the ball, Argentina had to wait until the 25th minute to lead when Federico Fazio turned in Alejandro Gómez’s corner from the right and a second soon followed. Another corner from the right was taken short, the home side failed to react and Paulo Dybala crossed for Joaquín Correa to stab in his first international goal.
Jorge Sampaoli made a number of changes from half time onwards and within seconds of coming on for his debut Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes fed Alejandro Gómez, who rifled the ball into the net from just outside the area.
Paredes was suddenly at the centre of everything and after smashing a shot against the post, the youngster skipped away from a challenge to bend a delightful fourth into the corner.
Lucas Alario powerfully volleyed his first Argentina goal in the 89th minute and Ángel Di María wrapped up the win with a nonchalant backheel from Ignacio Fernández’s pass.
Jorge Sampaoli will have learned little from the simple win but had a closer look at several new players and will be boosted by the two friendly wins ahead of the critical World Cup qualifiers.
Singapore 0 – 6 Argentina