Defeat for Mascherano in Argentina's debut

Defeat for Mascherano in Argentina’s debut

A goal from central defender Gilberto Flores and another from striker Allan Wlk allowed Paraguay to beat Argentina 2-1 this Saturday and thus embitter the debut of the team led by Javier Mascherano in the Colombian U20 South American Championship.

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La Albirroja, led by Aldo Bobadilla, took advantage of his rival’s mistakes and comfortably leads group A with four points after having tied 1-1 on the first day against the hosts Colombia at the Pascual Guerrero stadium in the city of Cali.

The first half of the match was marked by inaccuracies and the lack of depth that both teams had, reaching the areas very little.

On the Albirroja side, Matías Segovia weighed little and the ball almost did not reach Wlk, while in the Albiceleste midfielder Nicolás Paz, from Real Madrid, and Nicolás Vallejo, from Independiente, were not clear either.

Paraguay gives first

Argentina got hold of the ball, but it wasn’t deep, while Paraguay, despite not doing much damage in attack, managed to open the scoring when full-back Flores stole the ball from Perrone in the opposite field and took a shot that ended up in the back of the net. the Argentine goal with the complicity of goalkeeper Federico Gomes Gerth.

The equalizer for Mascherano’s team, however, came barely three minutes later in a great collective play in which Santiago Castro overflowed and sent a pass from the left that Perrone finished off in the center of the area.

Paraguay, which defended itself well as it had done against Colombia, came close to retaking the lead in the 41st minute in a great play between Wlk and Segovia, who pulled off a very strong shot that goalkeeper Gómez deftly saved.

decisive penalty

In the complementary stage, Argentina began to attack better, but it was Paraguay who took the lead in the 55th minute when Diego González hooked in the area and was brought down by the center-back Lautaro Di Lollo.

The person in charge of converting the penalty was Wlk, who, just as he had done against Colombia, did not hesitate and sent the ball into the back of the net from the fateful spot.

Mascherano’s team reacted quickly and Nicolás Vallejo alerted Paraguay to what his team was going to do to tie with a shot that hit the post.

La Albiceleste turned to attack and made La Albirroja uncomfortable, who found a good weapon to do damage in the counterattack.

Buonanotte, injured

At the end of the game, Facundo Buonanotte, an Argentine player recently signed by Brighton and who came on in the second half for Paz, left in an ambulance after a blow.

In the end, Paraguay withstood the Argentine onslaught and took the three points of a difficult game that left those led by Bobadilla as leaders.

In the third day of Group A, which will be played on Monday, Paraguay will play against Peru, while Argentina will face the South American classic against Brazil.

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