The return of the Argentine national team to the Monumental Stadium could not have been more auspicious, because within the framework of a convincing performance, one of the best in a long time, he beat Uruguay 3-0, thereby taking a big step towards the World Cup. of Qatar 2022, because although it shortened the distance that separates it from Brazil in the qualifying qualifiers, since the leader did not go beyond the tie in Colombia, it widened the difference on those who are below: Ecuador, which lost in Venezuela, and precisely Uruguay.
Last night’s game, which had been pending of the fifth, date made the public delirious on the River court, because he witnessed a true display of the national team that extended the series of presentations to 24 without defeats. The goals: Lionel Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martínez.
Three changes ended up presenting the Argentine team with respect to the previous presentation: the tie with Paraguay. Lautaro Martínez reappeared, recovered, instead of Joaquín Correa; Tagliafico took charge of the left side of the defense, for the injured Marcos Acuña; and Nicolás González for Ángel Di María, the most surprising variant, for tactical reasons as Lionel Scaloni responded with this move to the provisions of Oscar Tabárez.
How did Uruguay present itself? Luis Suárez was confirmed up front, while Edinson Cavani was relegated to the substitutes’ bench, but most importantly: the Master proposed a change of scheme, with a line of three in the background. Much of this due to the need to replace the suspended Rodrigo Bentacur and the injured José María Giménez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta.
The aforementioned precautions did not prevent the game, as soon as the ball began to roll, from being intense and entertaining. Argentina took over, with Lionel Messi as manager, trying to open up the defense that he expected and after the first appearance of the “10”, with the ball attacked at his left foot, the visitors showed their teeth with a play by right hand that left Suárez in a heads up with Emiliano Martínez, who won the goalkeeper.
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The representative albiceleste did not despair, a virtue that has gained over time, and after several bitternesses. For this reason, each exit was slow, from one end to the other, although it was difficult for him to find spaces in the last meters of the field, because the visit was tightened, in particular not to grant facilities in the middle. A ball from Lo Celso, which came out close, meant another chance, but … Another reply from Uruguay brought Suárez into action, who allowed him to certify that “Draw” represents a guarantee.
The passing of the minutes made clear, with increasing eloquence, the plans of each of the teams, and Argentina, despite the risks to which it was exposed, tried to overwhelm the defensive structure that it expected. Thus, plays were repeated on the right, with Nahuel Molina, and on the left, by Nico González, which were developed from centers to the area full of danger.
A third appearance by Suárez, who on this occasion made the ball explode on a stick, and the response, which was immediate, with a cross pass for Lo Celso’s pique, whose left-footed shot ended with the ball hitting the crossbar and Chopping on the sentence line, he definitely gave way to a great game, one of the best in the case of the classic from the River Plate characterized throughout history more by force than by showy play.
More than intense, the last quarter became electrifying, and while they were both determined to change blow for blow, Messi appeared leaning on the right looking for Nico González, who entered the middle, but he could not connect, the ball It passed by and as the attention of Fernando Muslera stayed with the attacker, the ball continued its trajectory and entered meekly next to the base of the far post.
The 1-0 at 38 minutes finished turning on the Argentine team, which, taking advantage of the shock suffered by the rival, pressed it very high and an early recovery left Lo Celso with everything in favor, entering the middle, to seal a 2 -0 at 44, which could be expanded because the final stretch showed Uruguay on the brink of a win, suffering high-risk attacks, one after another.
Tabárez arranged the income of Darwin Núñez and Edinson Cavani to reinforce the Uruguayan attack in the complementary stage and go for the discount, but Argentina was far from resigning its protagonism, to the point that the dominance exercised through the control of the field and the ball Was greater.
Lautaro Martínez’s 3-0 was a logical consequence and arrived at 17 minutes, after a maneuver that revealed Messi gathering markers at the goal of the area. That goal was the icing on the cake. It could be four, five and even six. Fate and Muslera did not want. Argentina flourished as long ago.