Argentina-Australia round of 16 presentation of the teams
The forecast for this match seems obvious, but Australia will take the field to try and put Messi and his teammates in difficulty.
Australia, which bases its football on the competitiveness and physical strength of its players, will try to exalt its goalkeeper Ryan, who plays in Europe with Copenhagen and his forwards Duke and Lckie. In midfield, his director will be Mooy, from whom all the actions of the Australians will pass.
As always, Argentina will rely on the talent of its most important man Leo Messi, who will try to get the whole team going. Forward Papu Gomez will try to take advantage of the opportunity that Scaloni gives him, together with Alvarez.
Commentary on the Argentina-Australia match
Argentina starts immediately with control of the match. In the 11th minute J.Alvarez was served deep but was unable to control the ball. In the 15th minute Irvine from Australia got his first booking. Game that is controlled by the Argentines with the dribble but they can’t be dangerous, because the Australians close all the spaces.
In the 28th minute Messi tries, but fails to overcome his opponent on the edge of the penalty area. In the 35th minute Argentina took the lead. Sudden acceleration from Messi who swaps with a teammate just inside the penalty area, kicks with his left foot and scores. In the 38th minute Degenek of Australia was booked. At 47′ the end of the first half.
First half with slow rhythms by both teams, the game unlocks on an invention by Leo Messi.
Second half Argentina-Australia
Argentina starts immediately in attack with Messi in the 51st minute, saves Ryan. In the 57th minute, Argentina doubles on a mistake by goalkeeper Ryan, who gets the ball stolen by Alvarez who scores. In the 65th minute Messi goes up to speed and is closed in for a corner kick. In the 67th minute Alvarez again, who has the opportunity to score twice, but doesn’t materialize due to too much precipitation. In the 71st minute five substitutions, two for the Argentines, three for the Australians, Lautaro Martinez also enters Argentina. In the 77th minute goal for Australia after an own goal by E. Fernandez.
Australia scored in their only shot on target of the match. In the 81st minute there was an important opportunity for Australia through Behici, who was stopped by Lisandro Martinez at the moment of the shot. In the 88th minute it was an opportunity for Lautaro Martnez, who wasted badly, with a shot that went over the crossbar.
In the 93rd minute Messi nearly scored the third goal with a shot from around the corner, which didn’t go far from the post. In the 95th minute another opportunity for Lautaro Martinez but the Australian goalkeeper resolves with confidence. in the 97th minute Martinez saves the result with a save on Kuol’s shot. Immediately afterwards the referee blows the whistle for the end.
Final analysis of Argentina-Australia
With the 2-1 victory Argentina qualifies for the quarter-finals, where they will face the Netherlands, who had previously beaten the United States.
Game dominated by Argentina with Messi still protagonist, on the day of his 1000th game. Argentina took the field with the right determination to bring home the result. In addition to Messi’s performance, author of a goal, the performance in the middle of the field by E. Fernandez, the true director of the team, and De Paul, tireless in all parts of the field, should be underlined. Forward good performance by J.Alvarez, the young Manchester City striker, author of the second goal, has shown that he deserves Scaloni’s trust.
In this match, the direction of the match by the Polish referee Marciniak should also be mentioned, always very careful and precise in his decisions, both technical and disciplinary.
The quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands will bring to mind the 1978 final played at the Argentines’ home. Surely the Dutch coach Van Gaal will try to limit the various champions of the Argentine team, primarily Leo Messi. On the other hand, Scaloni’s Argentine coach will have the task of limiting the Dutch collective which is his real strength.