Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella took the opportunity to rotate his squad in the Estadio Unico, and his players responded well as they downed Slovenia, 2-0, in their send-off before the World Cup. Ricky Alvarez celebrated his first international goal early on, before Lionel Messi sealed the victory toward the end.
Those are the cold, hard facts of the game. But what will the trainer have learned after 90 minutes in La Plata?
Looking over Saturday's match, the following lessons cannot be ignored just eight days from the start of the Argentine World Cup campaign.