By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gabriel Heinze scored the winner as Argentina beat Hungary 2-1.Argentina struggled to beat Hungary at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium as they continued their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 win.
Jose Pekerman's side have already qualified for the finals in Germany next summer after storming South American qualifying, although failed to dominate against Hungary.
Argentina edged in front through Atletico Madrid new-boy Maxi Rodriguez on 17 minutes, although Crystal Palace reject Sandor Torghelle showed his international qualities with an equaliser just before the half hour.
Manchester United's impressive full-back Gabriel Heinze gave his side the spoils on 62 minutes although Pekerman was left contemplating a 65th minute debut dismissal for Barcelona wonderkid Lionel Messi.
The 17-year-old impressed vividly during the Fifa World Youth Championships although saw just 30 seconds of action for the senior side before lashing out at Ujpest's Vilmost Vanczak.
Ukraine also claimed a 2-1 win as they survived a late flurry to beat Serbia & Montenegro in the Valeri Lobanovski Cup.
Oleg Blokhin's men took the lead through Tottenham cast-off Sergei Rebrov as they claimed third place in the competition in memory of the legendary manager who led both Dinamo Kiev and Ukraine.
Sergey Nazarenko doubled the lead on 72 minutes although Mateza Kezman made it a good night for Atletico's summer signings as he put his Chelsea departure behind him to score in injury time.
Brazil also struggled as they visited Europe, drawing 1-1 in Croatia.
The Copa America and Confederations Cup winners fell behind to a 32nd minute Niko Kranjcar strike, although Ricardinho levelled matters just ten minutes later.
Switzerland continued their fine recent form with two goals in ten minutes to secure a 2-0 win against Norway.
Kobi Kuhn's side are very much in contention for World Cup qualification and took their form into the friendly arena thanks to a 50th minute strike from Rennes hit-man Alexander Frei and an own-goal from Andre Bergdolmo just nine minutes later.
Bulgaria's own campaign to reach Germany 2006 is floundering, although they demonstrated their capabilities with a 3-1 win over Turkey.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Dimitar Berbatov claimed a brace for the home side, whilst another Atletico signing Martin Petrov also netted as Fatih Tekke's opener was cancelled out.
Sweden overcame Czech Republic 2-1 in a high-quality game that saw all three goals come in the space on five first half minutes.
Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson continued his rehabilitation from a broken leg with the opener on 20 minutes, before Markus Rosenberg replied to Jan Koller's penalty.
Poland beat Israel 3-2 at home as Miroslaw Szymkowiak opened the scoring for the home side before Celtic keeper Artur Boruc was dismissed on 33 minutes.
Israel begun to take advantage of their numerical superiority as Yaniv Katan and Walid Badeer put them in front, only for Derby striker Grzegorz Rasiak to grab a brace in the last 13 minutes to complete an entertaining fixture.
Belgium beat Euro 2004 victors Greece 2-0 at home with the goals coming from the Mpenza brothers, with Emile opening the scoring on 19 minutes before Mbo doubled the advantage on 24.
Greece's victims in the European Championship final last summer, Portugal, beat African opposition in the form of Egypt thanks to goals from Fernando Meira and Helder Postiga.
Estonia beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 at home, whilst Lithuania also took advantage of home advantage to see off Belarus with an identical result
Full Friendly results:
Ukraine 2-1 Serbia & Montenegro
Hungary 1-2 Argentina
Lithuania 1-0 Belarus
Estonia 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bulgaria 3-1 Turkey
Norway 0-2 Switzerland
Poland 3-2 Israel
Belgium 2-0 Greece
Sweden 2-1 Czech Republic
Croatia 1-1 Brazil
Portugal 2-0 Egypt