Argentina crush Canada
Rodriguez stars in friendly win
Last Updated: 24/05/10 11:04pm
Rodriguez: At the double for Argentina
Liverpool's Maxi Rodriguez scored twice as Argentina continued their preparations for the World Cup with a 5-0 victory over Canada.
Diego Maradona named a strong starting XI, with only Lionel Messi missing from the team that is expected to take to the field in Argentina's World Cup opener.
Messi was rested after a long season with Barcelona but his absence was not felt as Argentina swept aside their limited opponents.
Rodriguez opened the scoring with a free-kick on 16 minutes and then doubled Argentina's advantage 16 minutes later.
Angel Di Maria made it 3-0 before the interval and Manchester City's Carlos Tevez then added a fourth midway through the second half.
Sergio Aguero completed the rout in the 71st minute, moments after coming on as a substitute.
Argentina kick off their Group B campaign against Nigeria on 12th June before facing South Korea five days later and then Greece on 22nd June.