Romania vs. Argentina  0 - 0

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90' +2 Romania tasted success the last time these two sides met back in 1994 and they nearly snatch a late winner as Torje delivers a teasing cross into the box. However, Zabaleta is determined to keep his clean sheet intact and shows his positional awareness to clear the danger.
90' M. Rodríguez enters the game and replaces Á. di María.
A late change for Argentina follows as Maxi Rodriguez comes on to replace Angel Di Maria. The Real Madrid man has been a constant threat all evening and looks a certainty to start in Brazil.
88' G. Grozav enters the game and replaces A. Chipciu.
A sixth change of the game for Romania as Gheorghe Grozav replaces Alexandru Chipciu. Paul Anton and Laurentiu Rus are still waiting to make their debuts from the bench.
87' Argentina are finally showing some urgency but it appears to have come too late. Di Maria delivers a teasing corner into the box and Basanta ghosts into the box to meet it, only to see his header flash inches wide.
86' GREAT SAVE BY PANTILIMON! Messi is looking dangerous in the closing stages and his cute chipped pass sets up Palacio inside the box. The Inter striker cannot direct his lobbed effort on target but it comes to Lavezzi at the back post who is denied a winning goal when his fierce effort is somehow palmed over the top by the Manchester City goalkeeper. Brilliant save.
84' Messi has been surrounded by yellow shirts all game but he manages to shake off the challenge of two defenders to tee up Di Maria on the left side of the box. The 26-year-old tries his luck on goal but his deflected effort is well saved by Pantilimon at his near post.
82' CHANCE FOR ROMANIA! The hosts nearly nick a late winner as Torje's clever pass picks out the darting run of Lazar. However, Romero once again shows his expert reading of the game and rushes off his line to smother the ball.
81' STAT: Romania are the 36th different nation that Lionel Messi has played against. He has scored against 19 of the previous 35.
80' There is a stoppage in play as Gardos receives treatment. The Steaua Bucharest centre-back should be able to continue.
79' WHAT A CHANCE FOR ARGENTINA! Mascherano's passing has been superb in this second half and he plays a pinpoint ball over the head of Gardos and into the path of Di Maria. However, it appears to take the Real Madrid man by surprise and he instinctively shuffles his effort over the crossbar.