Both Barça players watched the whole match from the bench
Argentina won against El Salvador in a friendly played this Saturday in Washington. Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano were the 90 minutes of the match on the bench, along some other important players like 'Kun' Agüero, Marcos Rojo of Manchester United or Valencia's centre-back Nicolás Otamendi. Gerardo Martino only made 2 changes in the first match of the American tour fo the 'albiceleste.'
"Messi tried to play the last trining previous the match but he couldn't. That's why I've decided that he didn't play today. Medical tests didn't show anything but when he put the shoes on his foot started to swell. We won't risk him, if it countinues this way, he won't play on Tuesday. We want to take care of him," this is what he said about Messi's situation, who didn't recover from the hit he received on his right foot during El Clásico against Real Madrid. We will have to wait to see if he's ok on Tuesday and he will be able to play against Ecuador in New Jersey.
The goals of the match of this Saturday were scored by Banega and Mancuello, both at the second half, in a match where the weight of the match was carried by the Argentinian front a very defensive El Salvador.