Singapore may not have taught us much but Sampaoli makes a perfect start as Argentina boss

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Two matches, two wins for a new-look Argentina including a victory over Brazil leaves the Albiceleste in good shape for the future 

Jorge Sampaoli couldn’t have asked for more from his first round of fixtures as Argentina manager after such little time with the squad. Two wins from two and the chance to see plenty of players up close, Argentina now move forward to the far more important matter of World Cup qualification.

With the real test of Brazil passed on Friday, a Messi-less Argentina travelled to Singapore for the second friendly of the international break and as expected The Lions provided little opposition in a mauling so comprehensive that even the 6-0 score line didn’t do it justice.

Much was made of Sampaoli’s 2-3-4-1 formation in the build-up but it quickly became apparent that even the two-man defence of Emanuel Mammana and Federico Fazio would have a quiet evening.

Fazio eventually provided the breakthrough at a corner and Joaquin Correa stabbed in a second before second-half goals from debutants Alejandro Gomez and Leandro Paredes, a first international goal for Lucas Alario and a backheeled tap-in for Angel Di Maria.

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