Argentina were unable to contain the ruthlessness of Spain’s attackers as an Isco inspired La Roja side demolishes the Messi-less South Americans.

The fixture being a friendly probably saved Argentina’s blushes. Had it been a competitive game, it would have been a disaster. Spain thoroughly deserved this victory, and there were plenty of goals to show for that credit. Diego Costa, Thiago and Iago Aspas all scored, but Isco was the star man with a scintillating hat-trick.

Asensio was by far the most lethal Spanish player, laying on two brilliant assists for Costa and Isco. Nicolas Otamendi did pull a goal back before the break, but that summed up the night for Argentina as Spain came back in the second half for a dominant performance to finish the night 6-1.

Spain's midfielder Isco (R) celebrates with Spain's forward Iago Aspas after scoring his team's third goal during a friendly football match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Isco and Iago Aspas both had a splendid game against Argentina, with the former scoring thrice and Aspas provided with three assists and a scoring a goal himself. (Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina on the other hand, sorely missed their talisman, Lionel Messi among other key players, who on the pitch could have made an enormous difference. The Argentine defence will mainly be in focus after such a disastrous performance, as these were the first choice centre-backs for the South Americans.

How did the players fare for both sides?

Spain

David de Gea – 7/10

Had very little to do all night, as Argentina lacked in the attack. Will be disappointed with Otamendi’s goal, as he could have done more about it. He did get his name on the assists’ sheet as Aspas scored off his long kick for Spain’s fifth.

(L-R) Spain's goalkeeper David de Gea, Spain's midfielder Thiago and Spain's defender Sergio Ramos celebrate a goal during a friendly football match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Thiago and Ramos celebrate with De Gea after the goalkeeper provided with an assist with a long kick for Iago Aspas’ goal. (Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty Images)

Jordi Alba – 7/10

An energetic presence as always, Alba defended well but was still in positions when an attack happened. Could have scored himself in the second half.

Sergio Ramos – 8/10

Capped a fine 150th appearance in Spain colours. Led the Spanish defence at his best and dealt with some potentially dangerous crosses that came his way.

Spain's defender Sergio Ramos poses with a special framed jersey marking his 150th cap for Spain before a friendly football match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Sergio Ramos provided with a fitting performance for a game of such magnitude personally as the classy defender reached 150 appearances for Spain. (Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty Images)

Gerard Pique – 7/10

Like Ramos, Pique too played well in defence. Although there were boos from his own supporters, he did not care much. Unlucky for him as he went off with an injury.

Daniel Carvajal – 6.5/10

After a relatively slow start to the game, Carvajal got into the game and produced a good performance.

Iniesta – 7/10

Another fantastic performance from Iniesta, who was roundly applauded by the crowd when he was substituted in the second half.

Thiago Alcantara – 7.5/10

His gameplay brings much-needed balance to the team. To cap off an excellent performance, he scored Spain’s fourth goal of the night.

Koke – 7/10

Some players seem to disappear in the aftermath of a goal feast. Koke did not do anything eye-catching against Argentina but was vital in controlling the midfield.

Marco Asensio – 8/10

Two brilliant first-half assists for Costa and Isco’s goals. He seems to have made his mark on the Spanish national team and will be confident of being selected for the World Cup in Russia.

Diego Costa – 7/10

He was our man to watch, and duly scored Spain’s opening goal. Seems to have injured himself in the process of composing that goal, and was much less of a threat afterwards. Replaced by Iago Aspas at the break.

Spain's midfielder Isco celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during a friendly football match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Isco was Spain’s star among stars as he scored his first international hat-trick for Spain. (Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty Images)

Isco – 9.5/10

A near perfect performance from the Real Madrid playmaker. Scored his first international hat-trick, but is attacking play was much more complete. There were chances for him to score more, but he will be satisfied with his performance and the match-ball.

Subs –

Iago Aspas – 8.5/10

Super-sub? A top class performance from the Celta Vigo forward, who came on to replace Diego Costa at the break. He contributed with three assists as well as scored Spain’s fifth goal off a De Gea long kick.

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 27: David De Gea of Spain and Iago Aspas of Spain celebrate together during the International Friendly between Spain and Argentina on March 27, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Iago Aspas comes back to give De Gea his due credit for providing the assist for the goal. Aspas had a fantastic night contributing three assists and scoring a goal against Argentina. Getty Images)

Saul – 6.5

Replaced Iniesta in the second half, and duly controlled the midfield for Spain.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6

Replaced the injured Pique and did well to control the defence from any potential Argentine attacks.

Lucas Vazquez – 6

He did take part in late Spain attacks, but did not score or assist.

Dani Parejo – N/A

Argentina

Sergio Romero – 5

Despite his brave act to come forward for the goal, which ended with the ball heading into the back of the net and Romero being substituted through injury, he was decent in goal.

Nicolas Tagliafico – 5

He must not have anticipated such a dominant Spain performance and was pegged back time and again by La Roja attackers.

Marcus Rojo – 3

Not a performance one would expect from Argentina’s first choice centre-back. Time and again was caught out by Spain’s attackers and kept on repeating the same mistakes.

Nicolas Otamendi – 4

As one would think his goal might save his blushes, but that won’t be the case. Was equally responsible like Rojo for letting Spain score six.

Fabricio Bustos – 4

A night to forget for Bustos who was caught out many times on his side.

Javier Mascherano – 4

A night when he equalled Javier Zanetti’s appearance record for Argentina became a night he surely would want to forget.

Spain's forward Diego Costa (back) heads the ball with Argentina's defender Javier Mascherano during a friendly football match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

A night to forget! Javier Mascherano sure would not want to remember the night he equalled the Argentina caps record. (Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty Images)

Lucas Biglia – 3.5/10

Right from the start, Biglia lost control of the midfield and potentially gave the game away to Spain in that area.

Maximiliano Meza – 4/10

His one-two move in the first half, where he could have scored was the only highlight of his debut match. Seemed to lose his cool from time to time in the second half and was lucky not to have got sent off.

Ever Banega – 4/10

Provided the assist from the corner for Argentina’s solitary goal, but had an awful game otherwise.

Lo Celso – 3/10

A night to forget for Lo Celso, as he could not create much for his team to attack, but seemed reluctant to defend or track back after losing balls.

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 27: Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina looks dejected during the International Friendly between Spain and Argentina on March 27, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Gonzalo Higuain cut a sorry figure as Spanish defenders did not allow him any space to create or score goals. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)

Gonzalo Higuain – 4

Performances like these will harm his reputation as one of world football’s most lethal strikers. Awful night for the Juventus frontman.

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