Aguero taken to hospital after fainting during Nigeria defeat

Sergio Aguero

Aguero’s goal took him to third place in Argentina’s all-time top scorer’s list with 36

Sergio Aguero was taken to hospital after fainting in the dressing room at half-time in Argentina’s 4-2 defeat by Nigeria in Krasnodar, Russia.

The Manchester City striker had scored to put his side 2-0 up in the first half, but Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi found the net twice as Nigeria came back.

The Argentina FA said the 29-year-old had been taken to hospital to “carry out routine studies as a precaution”.

They later confirmed that Aguero had been discharged from hospital.

“He is already in the hotel along with the rest of the team,” they tweeted.

After the match Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said Aguero had “got dizzy and had to leave”.

Aguero, who became City’s all-time leading goalscorer earlier this month, had recently returned to action after he suffered a rib injury in a car crash in Amsterdam in September. He was injured when a taxi he was travelling in after attending a concert crashed into a lamp post.

In Wednesday’s international friendly, Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho netted with a free-kick and Brian Idowu was also on the scoresheet for the Super Eagles, who had fallen behind to strikes from Aguero and Ever Banega.

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Match ends, Argentina 2, Nigeria 4.

Second Half ends, Argentina 2, Nigeria 4.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Belluschi (Argentina) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Éver Banega (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Johan Ogu (Nigeria).

Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Rigoni with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by William Troost-Ekong.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by William Troost-Ekong.

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria).

Attempt missed. Éver Banega (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ahmed Musa (Nigeria).

Attempt blocked. Fernando Belluschi (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolás Otamendi.

Attempt missed. Alejandro Gomez (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Rigoni with a cross.

Substitution, Nigeria. Olarenwaju Kayode replaces Alex Iwobi.

Offside, Nigeria. Ahmed Musa tries a through ball, but John Obi Mikel is caught offside.

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Emiliano Rigoni.

Foul by Diego Perotti (Argentina).

John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Fernando Belluschi (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Francis Uzoho.

Attempt saved. Darío Benedetto (Argentina) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Belluschi.

Alejandro Gomez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chidozie Awaziem (Nigeria).

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Obi Mikel with a cross following a corner.

Substitution, Argentina. Emiliano Insúa replaces Germán Pezzella.

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Tyronne Ebuehi.

Substitution, Argentina. Diego Perotti replaces Cristian Pavón.

Substitution, Argentina. Emiliano Rigoni replaces Ángel Di María.

Éver Banega (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ahmed Musa (Nigeria).

Goal! Argentina 2, Nigeria 4. Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ahmed Musa.

Foul by Fernando Belluschi (Argentina).

John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Nigeria. Ahmed Musa replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.

Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Tyronne Ebuehi.

Attempt missed. Enzo Pérez (Argentina) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Fernando Belluschi following a corner.

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