International friendly: Argentina draw 0-0 with Ecuador in New Jersey
Last Updated: 16/11/13 3:52pm
Angel Di Maria: Failed to guide Argentina to victory
Argentina were held to a 0-0 draw in a friendly with Ecuador in the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey on Friday evening.
An Argentina team which included Fiorentina's Facundo Roncaglia and Bordeaux's Lucas Orban struggled in the first half but Alejandro Sabbela's side came more into the game after the break.
Jefferson Montero and Felipe Caicedo caused problems for the Argentina defence in the first half, the former providing the cross from which Antonio Valencia headed against the crossbar.
Argentina were restricted to two weak efforts on goal from outside the area during the first half.
Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria led the Argentina response in the second half but failed to break the deadlock from his four efforts on goal.
The closest an Argentina team missing the injured Lionel Messi came to a goal was in the dying moments when Maximiliano Rodriguez hit the post with a volley from close range.