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Alvarez, Messi score as Argentina beats Slovenia 2-0 in final pre-World Cup friendly

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, scores past Slovenia's Miral Samardzic, right, and Bojan Jokic during their international friendly soccer match in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Argentina's team is leaving June 9 for Brazil to compete in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)The Associated Press

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi smiles after scoring against Slovenia at an international friendly soccer match in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Argentina's team is leaving June 9 for Brazil to compete in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)The Associated Press

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    Argentina's Javier Mascherano, right, gives the captain arm band to Argentina's Lionel Messi during their international friendly soccer match in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Argentina's team is leaving June 9 for Brazil to compete in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)The Associated Press

Argentina easily beat Slovenia 2-0 in its last World Cup warmup with goals from Ricardo Alvarez and Lionel Messi on Saturday.

Alvarez put a second-string Argentina ahead in the first half with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria came on in the second half and combined elegantly to double the lead in the 67th minute.

Aguero headed down a pass from Di Maria to set up Messi, who calmly slotted the ball past Slovenia goalkeeper Vid Belec.

Argentina, which is set to travel to Brazil on Monday, faces Bosnia-Herzegovina in its Group F opener on June 15. Slovenia didn't qualify for the World Cup.