Argentinos Juniors start Copa Libertadores with a win, Velez lose to Flamengo


Two Argentine clubs were in action on Tuesday as the Copa Libertadores kicked off.

It was one win and one loss for Argentine clubs on Tuesday as Argentinos Juniors managed a 2-0 win at home vs. Nacional. A free kick into the penalty area ended up finding Gabriel Avalos as the Paraguayan would score with a right footed effort to give Argentinos the 1-0 lead.

Carlos Quintana would get himself sent off with two yellow cards as Argentinos were down to 10 men. Despite being short a player, Argentinos would continue the pressure and it would pay off. Emanuel Herrera would score the second in the second half as the Argentine faked a shot with his left foot before shooting with his right.

The other Argentine club taking part in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday was not as lucky. Velez took a 1-0 lead in the first half through Lucas Janson after Flamengo had come close to scoring just minutes earlier.

Not the best defending by Pellegrino’s men as Willian Arao was left completely unmarked and he would draw Flamengo level. Lucas Janson would score his second goal of the match to restore Velez’s lead. A header off a corner kick found Janson as the Argentine would score once more.

Flamengo would draw level again as Velez goalkeeper Hoyos would trip up Gabriel and the Brazilian would score off the resulting penalty. The pressure would continue to be applied as Flamengo would really take control of the game. De Arrascaeta with a lovely strike into the top corner of the goal would give Flamengo the 3-2 lead and the win.

Here are Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores matches involving Argentine clubs:

The Strongest vs. Boca Juniors

Rentistas vs. Racing Club

Independiente del Valle vs. Defensa y Justicia


  1. my eleven,
    3-4-3 or 3-5-2 and 442
    romero – lisandro – senesi
    messi lautaro nico

    sub- alario for lautaro, guido for paredes , dimaria for nico.. dimaria in right alario in left messi central

    romero – lisandro – senesi

    sub- ocampos for acuna if team is added goal and counter attack then ocampos for acuna, his sprint and pace very very effectful. for counter attacking football i believe ocampos and nico is best also taglo will be useful in that case in left
    guido for paredes
    dybala for gomes or lautaro

    in 442 or for 433
    messi lautaro
    sub- foyth for montiel, dimaria for depaul, alario for lautaro


    sub- dybala for dimaria, gomes for locelso, otamendi for lisandro, if team goes to full defensive moode then i would like to use , ocampos , senesei and romero together in back, foyth in right

    • if the play is counter attacking,
      i definately go for full defensive mode,
      such as
      foyth romero senesei tagliagico
      not primary squad just variation on substitute squad,
      counter attack football, ocampos,nico,tagliafico,dimaria, is excellent player

  2. Renzo Sarvia is the best RB for Argentina even he plays in better league and in better club than Montiel.Choosing Montiel ahead of Renzo Sarvia is sheer stupidity.How Sarvia nullified Neymar in friendly, I doubt Montiel can ever do that.
    Currently Renzo Sarvia has improved greatly in Brazilian Serie A.

    • Internacional better club than River? Is this a joke? There can be a debate about both leagues for sure but thinking that is simply stupid. Saravia has been injured for the longest time. To defend against Neymar Foyth is the best option but generally speaking Montiel is more of a fullback. How can you be so sure of Saravia when he has been on his couch for seven months?

      • Last season Internacional lost the league title by just a single point so I think Internacionl is better than River Plate. Brazilian league is richer than Argentina league so is their clubs.

      • Olive majestic you are acting like injuries are happening for the first time in football.Injuries are part and parcel of the game. Even being injury prone Aguero scored highest in Premier league from a foreigner player.
        Renzo Sarvia is better than Montiel there is no doubt about it but some wants all River Plate player in Argentina national team like they are world class player who are not getting any recognition in international level.

        • To have Saravia play we’d have to see how he is when he comes back from injury. It is true that some players bounce back but some have their careers ruined, we don’t know which one it’s gonna be. Copa is in 50 days so he has a lot to prove when he returns, considering we have Montiel and Foyth. Both internacional and river lost by one point in the league, river plate lost because of a goal incorrectly ruled offside and thus got one point. River have been dominant in the Libertadores for years at a level much greater than internacional. They play better football and have better top quality players. Compare even coudet and Gallardo, Gallardo is much better and was wanted by Barcelona and others. If you are going to play the game of indirectly comparing inter and river then pay attention to the fact that Inter lost in the round of sixteen I believe to boca and boca went on to loose by a lot to santos who had a very poor campaign in the brasilerao and even had to play qualification rounds for the Libertadores that they reached the final of. I don’t want every river player to play in the national team, only Montiel and strictly so

  3. Dybla back to his best level what a performance.Best forwards players for Copa America 2021 should be-
    1 Messi
    2 Lautaro Martinez
    3 Nicolas Gonzalez
    4 Dybla
    5 Angel Di Maria
    6 Aguero/Alario
    7 J. Correa

  4. Ola amigos, commenting almost after a gap of 3 years post heartbreak of 4-3 (Russia 2018). Copa 2019 didnt excite me since it didn’t broadcast in India. However this time i have this truly positive feeling that something really positive is on the cards. Can anyone of you suggest me the most practical eleven playing on the Copa 21 tournament. thank you amigos.

    • Welcome back!

      My 11 for Copa would be

      Lo Celso—Paredes—De Paul
      ———Emi Martinez———

      • Defence is very weak they will concede at least three goals against top team. Lisandro,Acuna,Montiel all are weak in air,all are 5’6 feet players.
        Foyth and Sarvia needs to be incorporated into team may be Marcos Senesi too right now he(Marcos Senesi)is raw but might be in few years he could be beast.

      • Perfect team vikin. With tagli & foyth in bench, they can step in depending on match situation. Scaloni shld ideally go for lisandro. If Romero & emi martinez again miss out, my trust in scaloni will be zero

        • Exactly what I was thinking amit.
          I remain a bit hesitant with Acuña over Tagliafico, but Acuña has been so good this season with Sevilla. Tagli however showed really good linkup with Lo Celso and Gonzalez on the left vs Peru. Plus he plays with Lisandro in Ajax

          But let’s say the attacking model is Acuña and Montiel. Then Tagliafico or Foyth or both can be used as needed for a more defensive approach

          • Tagliafico is also a vice-captain I believe, due to his leadership qualities, so might be some value in that over Acuña, although debatable of course. I agree that Acuña’s form this season is great.

    • Mine would be

      Montiel – Lisandro – Romero – Acuña/tagli
      De Paul – Paredes – Lo Celso
      Dybala – Lautaro

      Maybe Ocampos could play in midfield. It does isolate nico g a little bit so a 4-3-3 like Vikin proposed would also be a good idea. Foyth back up RB and if necessary Papu could play in enganche role instead. Buendía could be a back up to de paul

      • +1

        Both good but I’m liking yours over Vikins a bit more. Nico is great but Dybala is better and I still contend that our best attacking performances in recent years was with narrow 2 strikers plus Messi in the hole. Dybala, Martinez, and Aguero are hands down our best attackers so we ought to use formations that exploit our attacking strength (+ Nico, icardi, Alario). I understand narrow formations are more limiting but our recent success makes me believe it can work.

        Im torn between Montiel and Foyth. Ocampos and Nico are great too so tough choice. LMQ also, would like him more.

        Side note, I still think Scaloni will use Otamendi so this group better prepare themselves emotionally 🙂

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