Lionel Messi was sick as Argentina's attacking stars failed to find a way through a resilient Romania outfit in a surprising goalless draw in Bucharest.
Despite the much-vaunted trio of Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín and Sergio Agüero starting up front, the South American side drew a blank against the underdogs, with Barcelona's Messi conspicuous by his lack of influence on the game.
With less than 100 days to go until the World Cup, boss Alejandro Sabella may be slightly concerned that a team that may well be his first choice XI in Brazil struggled to break down a side that failed to qualify for this summer's extravaganza.
They tried to assert their authority from the kick-off, but despite the envious trio they had in attack, it was defender Jose Basanta who had the first chance when headed over from a corner kick.
Angel Di María then played through former Real Madrid team-mate Higuaín and the Napoli striker should have done better after being thwarted by Romania goalkeeper Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu.