After their two defeats against Paraguay by 2-1 and Brazil by 3-1, The Argentina Under 20 National Team will be played this Wednesday against Peru a good part of their chances of qualifying for the Hexagonal Final of the South American of the category that is taking place in Colombia.
The match will be played from 7:00 p.m. at the Pascual Guerrero stadium in Cali with live television from TyC Sports and a new setback will leave the team led by Javier Mascherano out of this competition and in parallel, from the World Cup in Indonesia and the Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile.
However, with a victory it will depend on what happens in the second turn (21:30) between Brazil and Colombia. If Brazil, already classified for the final round with 6 points like Paraguay, defeats or draws against Colombia that has 4, the third place for the Hexagonal will be played head to head on Friday between Argentines and Colombians. If the Colombians win, the elimination will be decreed since Colombia will go to 7 points and Argentina, even winning in the two remaining games, will only reach 6.
If Mascherano changed half of the team on Monday against Brazil, it is possible that he will do the same again against Peru. The goalkeeper Gomes Gerth, the defenders Agustín Giay, Lautaro Di Lollo and Valentín Gómez and the midfielders Gino Infantino and Máximo Perrone played both games and it is possible that the coach will expand the rotation due to the accumulation of minutes and also, due to the poor performance that the team had, over against the Brazilians. “I have to be honest with myself and with everyone: we were not up to it. We were vastly outmatched and the only one responsible for all this is me.” admitted Mascherano with visible concern.
But not only have the results not been given to the Sub 20 Selection. He has also suffered major injuries in the two games he has played so far. Facundo Buonanotte He received a medical discharge after the head injury he suffered against Paraguay but he will not play the rest of the championship and would even return to England to continue his recovery with his new team, Brighton. For his part, Agustin Giay (San Lorenzo) he sprained his left ankle severely against Brazil and will surely not be against the Peruvians.
In addition, Gomes Gerth, Perrone, Di Lollo, Veliz and Valentín Gómez have a reprimand and if they receive a yellow again they will miss next Friday’s game at 9:30 p.m. against Colombia. but wait before Peru, the weakest rival in the group (they lost their three games and are already eliminated). Beating him this Wednesday will be essential to sustain the chances of qualifying until the last breath.