Lionel Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes, absent for various reasons, watched him from different corners of Europe sharing a video call. More than 50 thousand people enjoyed it in a complete Mario Kempes stadium. Argentina he returned to give away, and to give himself away, another sensational moment, complete. It is that he rounded off a victory in Córdoba with maximum authority, despite suffering several heavy casualties. all suffered Colombiafurther and further from Qatar 2022.
Lionel Scaloni’s team has become a real team. He manages to sustain the idea, his convictions, despite the names. Of course, everything is easier with Messi, De Paul, Paredes, Cuti Romero and Otamendi. However, without them, Argentina also maintains its identity. And it does not do it against minor rivals. He traveled to Chile, at the height of Calama, well as a visitor, he responded and won. Now he received Colombia and repeated.
There was only one stretch of the second half in which Colombia threatened to take over the development of the game. However, before and after Argentina always commanded, with a clear intention of starring, pressing, with intensity, with hunger, with a seriousness unbecoming of a team that has just been champion of America and that has already secured for a couple of dates the world cup ticket
To define the games, a scorer like Lautaro Martínez is required, who does not hesitate after a good cross from Marcos Acuña and defines against a post. It is the 19th shout of the Bull in 37 games. To sustain a result, it is essential to have a goalkeeper who responds even in the slightest pressure. Emiliano Martínez was a lightning bolt to go out and reduce Borja in a one-on-one.
There were very good productions by Angel Di María and Guido Rodríguez. There were very even individual performances, such as Lisandro Martínez and Giovani Lo Celso. In the end, beyond the swollen right ankle, Alejandro Gómez started and crowned a convincing initial stage. It seems that in Argentina everyone who enters responds. Both wrapped in a strong collective sense.
Colombia, despite exhibiting surnames more than transcendent, was reduced to a minimum expression and its presence in the World Cup was complicated. The repechage is suggested as his maximum option, but he will have to beat Bolivia at home and add as a visitor against Venezuela, while waiting for other results to wink at him. It is a more than delicate scenario.
Argentina got so used to winning that its undefeated record now extends to 29 games. This time he enjoyed his shocking news in Córdoba and celebrated by sharing the Copa América with the crowd. Again without Messi, now also without other heavy starters, he showed that he can too. Better, impossible.
1 -Argentina: Emiliano Martinez; Gonzalo Montiel, German Pezzella, Lisandro Martínez, Marcos Acuña; Lucas Ocampos (m.57, Maximiliano Meza), Guido Rodríguez, Alejandro Gómez (m.78, Lucas Martínez Quarta), Giovani Lo Celso (m.78, Emiliano Buendía); Ángel Di María (m.68, Nicolás González) and Lautaro Martínez (m.68, Paulo Dybala)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
0 – Colombia: Camilo Vargas; Stefan Medina (m.66, Diego Valoyes), Davinson Sánchez, William Tesillo, Johan Mojica; Wilmar Barrios (m.74, Gustavo Cuéllar), Mateus Uribe (m.57, Víctor Cantillo), James Rodríguez (m.57, Luis Suárez), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Luis Díaz; and Miguel Borja (m.74, Radamel Falcao)
Coach: Reinaldo Rueda.
Goal: 1-0, Lautaro Martínez (m.-28)
Referee: The Brazilian Raphael Claus admonished Acuña, Montiel, from Argentina, and Suárez and Sánchez, from Colombia.
Incidents: match of the sixteenth day of the South American qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup played at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium, in the province of Córdoba, before some 50,000 spectators