The forward of the Argentine national team Lautaro Martínez was the figure of the team in the 1-0 victory over Peru on the 12th date of the South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 on a night that had even performances and in which the stellar brilliance of Lionel Messi was lacking. .
The “Bull” was the key that Lionel Scaloni’s team had to open a close match and for his goal at the end of the first half with a great header at point-blank range after a great center from Nahuel Molina ended up being the figure of the night in the Monumental stadium.
Just one step below appears Rodrigo De Paul, who also participated in the goal play and with his usual display completed a full game.
Lionel Messi felt the wear and tear of the third game in a week and although he did not have a brilliant match, his presence on the court is enough to lift the Argentine fans.
Below is the detail of the individual performance of the Argentine team:
Emiliano Martínez (6): Three games with the fence undefeated. Important cover at the start of the game after a free kick by Lapadula. In the second half, Jefferson Farfán committed the penalty in the second half that Yotún then threw to the crossbar.
Nahuel Molina (6): It was one of the doubts but again Gonzalo Montiel won the arm wrestling. In the first half, the team chose the left zone to attack but at the end of the first stage it was key for Lautaro’s goal with a good wall with De Paul and a great center that was recognized by the scorer himself.
Cristian Romero (6): Each game more solid and firm in defense. He didn’t have a lot of work but he was efficient in all the duels both up and down. He had the opportunity to open the scoring but was ahead and his goal was disallowed.
Nicolás Otamendi (5): He usually suffers when he has to go out to cut away but increasingly entrenched in the duo with Romero.
Marcos Acuña (5): The “Egg” returned to the title after his absence against Uruguay and had a game without shocks in defense although with little offensive weight.
Rodrigo De Paul (7): Owner of the midfield. Great display in defense to cover gaps and in attack to partner with Messi, Paredes and Lo Celso. It was important for Lautaro’s goal because of a good combination with Molina.
Leandro Paredes (6): Class and presence in the midfield, all passes went through his lofty right foot. Too many cuts to keep the pressure high in the first half. He was replaced by Guido Rodríguez.
Young Lo Celso (5): He tried to be Messi’s partner but without the interference of other parties. He played a large part of the three games and that is a good sign because of the physique that played so many tricks on him during the beginning of the cycle.
Angel Di Maria (5): Another who returned to ownership. He stopped to the left and got off to a good start with several interesting plays. He also had a good shot at the start and another volley at the end of the first half. His performance went from highest to lowest and in the second half was one of the first changes when he left for Nicolás González.
Lionel Messi (7): His presence on the court is a reason to lift people up in every action. However, today he seemed to feel the wear of the triple date and did not have as much prominence in the attack generation. In the second half he settled on the right wing.
LAUTARO MARTÍNEZ (8): Goal scorer. It is a nightmare for the centrals in the first pressure of the team. It does not have as much participation in the assembly but when it has the possibility it is lethal. He generated concern about a blow to the ankle after a collision with goalkeeper Pedro Gallese but stayed on the court and with a great header opened the scoring.
Guido Rodríguez (played 18 minutes): He tried to do the same job as Paredes. They disallowed a goal for a supposed push.
Nicolás González (played 18 minutes): Another change post by post. Always dangerous with his speed down the left wing.
Joaquín Correa (played 6 minutes): Entered by Lautaro Martínez
Exequiel Palacios: He played for a minute.