World Cup Qualifiers 2018 
March 23, 2017, 8:30 pm
Argentina
1 - 0
Chile
El Monumental
Argentina

Match Report

Lionel MESSI scored the only goal of the match as Argentina picked up a 1-0 victory.

It wasn’t pretty to watch. If anything, it was a disaster but the team won and they won ugly. Argentina managed to win through a Lionel MESSI penalty kick goal and that was about it.

A very unbalanced team which saw Lionel MESSI being the best player on the pitch in the first half for his side. Winning the ball back in his own half, delivering pin point crosses, beating players and scoring the penalty. If Argentina were to do anything in the first 45 minutes (or even the entire 90 for that matter) it was going to be through the captain.

Argentina’s only other chance of the half came when Nicolas OTAMENDI nearly (and should have) scored late in the first half. A Lionel MESSI free kick into the area found OTAMENDI about 3 yards in front of goal but his shot went over the crossbar.

The second half saw Chile on the ball pressing and coming close several times, including an Alexis SANCHEZ free kick which hit the crossbar and another which saw Sergio ROMERO pull off a goal line save. The second half was not very kind to Edgardo BAUZA as he was forced into making two substitutions.

Mateo MUSACCHIO came on for Emmanuel MAS at half time which meant Marcos ROJO slotted in at left back with MUASCCHIO beside Nicolas OTAMENDI. Argentina coach Edgardo BAUZA made a second substitution bringing on Ever BANEGA for Sergio AGUERO. Gabriel MERCADO (who had a solid match and looked threatening when moving forward) had to be substituted off on a stretcher with Facundo RONAGLIA coming on.

Argentina kept dropping back and Chile applied pressure as the match went on but were unable to find a goal.

For full match highlights and goals, click here.

Lineup

Name GLS Cards
Yellow Card
Yellow Card
Yellow Card
Yellow Card
10 Lionel Messi (c)
1

Subs

Name GLS Cards
3 Facundo Roncaglia ← Gabriel Mercado
6 Mateo Musacchio ← Emmanuel Más
18 Éver Banega ← Sergio Agüero

Stay connected

0FollowersFollow
7,809FollowersFollow

Latest article

SAMPAOLI’s Final Leg European Tour Starts This Friday

Argentine sports journalist Hernan Clause has reported on Ole that Jorge SAMPAOLI will board a plane for his latest European leg tour on Friday...

Jorge SAMPAOLI set to meet with Mauro ICARDI on Friday

Some positive news for Mauro ICARDI as Jorge SAMPAOLI is expected to speak with him on Friday. A report by TyC Sports states that Argentina...

Mauro ICARDI scores in Inter victory against Cagliari

Mauro ICARDI scored yet another goal for Inter as they picked up a 4-0 win against Cagliari. Despite not being in Jorge SAMPAOLI's plans for...