Warsaw, Jun 6 : Poland defeated a weakened Argentina team 2-1 in an international friendly on Sunday with Adrian Mierzejewski scoring in the first half and Pawel Brozek adding another in the second.
Defender Pablo Zabaleta was the only Argentina player in the starting lineup who has also made the 26-man preliminary roster for next month's Copa America -- the South American championship. All of the team's biggest stars were missing, including Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez of Manchester City and Javier Zanetti of Inter Milan.
Mierzejewski scored in the 26th, but Argentina's Marco Ruben equalized in the 47th to set the stage for Brozek's winner in the 67th.
Nigeria defeated a similar Argentina team 4-1 on Wednesday in Abuja,asa match that is being investigated by FIFA for alleged match-fixing. No players are implicated.
Julio Grondona, the president of the Argentine Football Association, criticized coach Sergio Batista for the Nigeria match, saying the "humiliating loss" and embarassed the nation and the team shirt.
This match was better for Argentina, which opens the Copa America on July 1 against Bolivia. Batista said he was also looking further ahead.
"We had a chance to draw, we played better than against Nigeria, Batisa said. "I see improvement. ... Some of the players deserve to play in the next matches. Everything is about the project for 2014 (World Cup)."
Poland broke through in the 26th. Argentina lost possession in midfield and Mierzejewski took a loose ball, broke into the area, and scored with a left-footed shot from 12 meters (yards) that beat goalkeeper Adrian Gabbarini.-term. AP