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Argentina Tops Bosnia at Busch

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Argentina's Jose Basanta (L) and Bosnia-Herzegovina's Vedad Ibisevic tie up as the two go after the ball in the first half of their game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on November 18, 2013.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Argentina’s Jose Basanta (L) and Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Vedad Ibisevic tie up as the two go after the ball in the first half of their game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on November 18, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sergio Aguero scored twice and got the lone yellow card for Argentina, which frustrated a partisan crowd in a 2-0 exhibition victory over Bosnia on Monday night.

Sergio Romero got the shutout and wasn’t pressed much in a match between the two-time World Cup champions — which had plenty of offense without injured superstar Lionel Messi — and a country that’s a first-time World Cup qualifier for next year.

St. Louis has a large contingent of people from Bosnia and the Argentinians were booed from the moment they stepped onto the field for warmups.

This was the third exhibition of the year in St. Louis and second at Busch, including a stadium record of more than 48,000 for Manchester City vs. Chelsea in May.

World Series logos were clearly evident on the Busch Stadium turf, three weeks after the Cardinals dropped Game 5 to the Red Sox in the city’s final baseball game of the season.

An estimated 70,000 Bosnians relocated to the Midwest from the former war-torn Yugoslavia, and thousands showed up for the friendly wrapped in flags and wearing team scarves, plus a boisterous bleacher contingent lighted flares late in the second half.

Busch was perhaps a little more than half-filled for a game that carried lowered crowd expectations given the time of the year. Parking was $15 at the nearest multi-level garage, half what it cost for Game 5 of the World Series.

Bosnia has a player with local ties — forward Vedad Ibisevic starred at Roosevelt High and Saint Louis University. Ibisevic had perhaps the Bosnians’ top chance when he shot just wide from the top of the box late in the first half.

Aguero has a pair of goals in four World Cup qualifiers. He banged in a rebound in the 39th minute after Bosnia goaltender Asmir Begovic charged out to stop Rodrigo Palacio and then collided with the shooter, and caught a stretch pass from Maximiliano Rodriguez in stride to make it 2-0 in the 66th minute.

Aguero drew his first yellow card of the year in the 59th minute when he kicked Emir Spahic in the back at the end of a play.

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