Lionel Messi, Julián Álvarez and Papu Gómez all start for Argentina vs. Australia in their Round of 16 match.
Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni has announced his starting eleven and it’s Papu Gómez who starts in place of Angel Di Maria. Scaloni has not made any more changes to the team which won 2-0 vs. Poland. Here is the starting eleven:
Emiliano Martínez; Molina, Cristian Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Lionel Messi, Julián Álvarez and Papu Gómez
Good game. We controlled the game. But after conceding we suddenly panicked. Lautaro missed some sitters. I knew with papu we will struggle. Scaloni wasting dybala and correa. Otamendi was horrible his age showed and we r playing in 2 days so fatigue showed. McAllister making our midfield unbalanced. It should be enzo paredes and depaul. Lisandro is a beast and should start every game. Molina and tagliafico is our weak link. Time for foyth to shine. 1st goal was otakendi/romero( i am not sure who that guy was) fault his clearance was bad lisandro saved our asses when otamendi was destroyed by that Aussie player and tagliafico should have done better in that chance which was saved by emi. Our defense looked nervous.
To sum up the match
First half was pretty decent, as usual we were trying to not concede and make the game in our desired way, but Molina could have tried to go with the ball when he has space,he was totally scared to move forward and make a good cross or cut in to the box .always trying for back pass after going forward other than that Aussies didn’t have much space to operate through the central area.
Game opened up a bit.and after the substitution of lisandro, we were able to attack constantly and pressed higher up the pitch.
I can see lautaro was brought on to give him game time and boost his confidence since we don’t have any other players left to substitute in to perfect striker position, if Alvarez can’t start.
But the goal from Australia definitely changed the tempo of the match and we were unable to bring in dybala. But scaloni could have tried dybala in place of PAPU from the Start papu wasn’t able to utilize the either flanks.
Our defense was one pretty well except that tagli concentration on the end and Martinez saved us. But it was better we were tested with the crosses and attacks in this match, since from match 1 our defense wasn’t tested this much continuously in any game.
Lisandro and otamendi and to an extent Romero also done their job cleanly . Palacios haven’t offered anything in his short comeo same with montiel.
If we had enough rest we would have done better. Lots of players looked tired. We need rest. Messi still played great. I dont know what happened to Lautaro. Messi could have had 2 assists today.
Lautaro and tagliafico almost cost at least 30 mn of extra time
I liked tagliafico before france in 2018 and he still defending bad the young guy almost scored hopefully debu saved it but he should stop run here and there acuna who is not an LB bring more confidence
Lautaro wtf man he used to be a killer and as you said he did a higuain final
Not here to criticize any strategy or the substitutions, but if we start panicking every time there is a goal conceded by Argentina, that will be our doom. We controlled almost the entire match, we took a lead of 2-0, and yet one goal from Australia and the finishing upfront was absolutely in shambles. Leo kept creating chances after chances, and we just fumbled. Am not sure these many chances would be allowed by the Dutch team in the next game. We should have finished the game 4-1.
Lucky goals are part of football. Australia got one. A good team should show their real character after such goals. We did not show a great character. Changes did not work. Lautaro missed three easy chances. Messi missed two. Lautaro stopped pressing upfront unlike Alvarez. That sent jitters downstream into our half. If Di Maria is not back in the next game, we should have a creative fast player like Dybala or Correa instead of Papu. Papu’s cluelessness almost cost us the first half. Every game you cannot expect Messi to come to your rescue. Specifically Messi remains tensed in games against big teams. We still remember the chance he missed in the Copa final. Next game if Alvarez has to be replaced, he should be replaced by someone as fast and as interested to press the opponent. The second goal was an ideal example of what pressing football can do. Hats off to De Paul and Alvarez pulling off that heist. And Scaloni still needs to learn a lot beyond being dependent on Messi to come up with a magical moment. His strategies seem to be so banal. A knockout stage game is not ideal to bring back a player’s confidence when the margin is just 2-0. Instead you check out on some creative player like Dybala/ Correa who could have resumed the pressure on Australian defence that Papu missed in the first half.
Messi missed two?? Really?? He didn’t have any clear cut chances
I really don’t understand the criticism for the players or the coach here.. After the goal was conceded (that too a lucky one), there were close to 15-20 minutes remaining; there are 2 ways to go.. either go for a goal and in process maybe concede one more.. or defend the hell out of your lives.. the coach and the players went with latter.. ugly or not doesn’t matter the match is won…it was a very physical game and kudos to our players who just got 2 days rest to bring up that performance and defend like their lives are on stake in crucial minutes.. not many teams are able to do that… so I feel just enjoy while we can…
Before Australia’s lucky goal Argentina had the game under control.
Once that lucky goal went in it was expected that Australia would push forward leaving their defense vulnerable. We were able to create chances only for Lautaro to pull a Higuain and almost knock us out! I am not sure if Lautaro with this form and confidence should be subbed in if we need a goal again!
Higuain missed big chances in the final, but he was generally a clinical striker. I wish we still have Higuain as a sub.
Higuain only missed his chances in final.. other than that he was a clinical finisher, good with pressing ,passing , link up play,holding the ball and even in headers. Would happily take prime higuain anytime in our squad. And also we could have used a player like him as target man. Now we don’t have any target man in the box.
It pains me to see him in out of form because he’s very good scorer but this is cup and not a league so don’t have time to wait for him to get back his form. We might have to turn to Correa.
Also, today was a golden opportunity to play Dybala.
He should have been given at least a few minutes.
It is not possible for Scaloni to drop Dybala if Messi put a stress on him. But truth is, Messi is not supporting Dybala. Talent of Dybala for National team is being wasted. Argentina people should create a noise. I am a big fan (may be top fan) from Pakistan and I have been in love with Argentina since 1994 when I was kid.
Is it we dont know how to play or fatigue?
Yes! Now we are into quarters!
But we need to give our best in the next game because holland is a tough opponent.
Between the brilliance of Messi , it was a tale of the three Martinezes
– Licha became Masche2014
– Lautaro shocked us by being Higuain14-16
– Emi put on a Neuer14 act.
With Argentina, drama is guaranteed. It was a great test on team’s grit & mentality in last 15minutes.
one problem I see is Australia employed the same tactics as done by KSA. in the first half we had only one shot at goal and that was a goal. in the second half, we were better till the last 4 substitutions happened. then it was mental torture for fans. another problem with lautaro apart from missing the chances was he was losing possession which was creating dangerous scenarios against us. just want to know which teams now remaining can be as physical and pressed as Australia have done.
Brazil will be physical and will press hard
People are mocking lautaro as he is from the same club as Lukaku. we used to have Kun Tevez and Higuain now Lautaro is not at that level. scaloni substitution today was bad even though licha did well in the change in formation was unnecessary. And Molina one day he is good the next day he is the worst player on the field he was totally at fault for the first goal. And the nervous Otamendi was back for this game .
Molina can’t defend. Is it difficult to understand??
you were right , we won by 2-1
Yes i know this knock out games are always tough remember we won in 2014 and 2010 and even in 2006 very fine margin and 2 out of 3 was went into extra time.
Other thn the unlucky goal we played well in 2nd half. De paul is a machine, the guy was everywhere on the pitch! Lautaro needs to take a break, he lost his place to alvarez. When di maria comes back in QF we will improve alot. He’s our second best player after messi, who can create something out of nowhere. Papu was not good at all. Correa/dybala was a better choice
I think most people would be interested in seeing either Ángel Correa or Dybala be subbed for one of the attackers. Not sure if we will end up seeing it at all.
I will not say Papu was bad, but Dybala would have been better imo.
Enzo is good but not a controller as number 5. He is much better when can run with the ball. We need Paredes back.
Lautaro is out of form. Almost costed us the win.
Aussies are physically stronger, taller. It showed. It is what it is.
Lack of width is really a big problem for us. No burst of pace. Not taking Garnacho is a mistake.
One of Papu, Almada , Angel Correa being replaced by Garnacho would have been the perfect squad. But it is what it is.
In hindsight not taking Garnacho was a huge mistake especially after Nico didn’t make it! We are lacking that speed and fearless young blood factor. Alvarez is certainly providing some of that but Garnacho would have been very very useful. We don’t have pacy wingers and we don’t cross into the box for headers only ground passes. Netherlands will capitalize on these two weaknesses. Scaloni trying to avoid counters by playing limited/safe crosses is the reason we look so unable to penetrate from wings. Only fast player we have is Macallister and Enzo who didn’t put a foot wrong again but both are CMs.
Enzo should play in LoCelso’s position and parades back in #5.
McAllister’s work rate is only second best to Emi Martinez
This is the midfield
Wow. On current form, Enzo is better that Paredes even as a 5. Introducing Paredes would help us use Enzo in an advanced role but dont be mistaken, the kid is a beast in many roles. Watch the Poland game.
Why is anyone negative? First Australia was a good side. Second, they got a bullshit lucky goal. It happens sometimes so calm down. Third, we were playing after 2 days rest and so where they, so don’t expect the best output from either team. Fourth, we basically tried to shorten the game because no action for 30 minutes. Five, ADM was not playing and Pupu is no ADM. I would be concerned about Lautaro’s form, but at this moment it’s not that critical because Julian and ADM with Mac Enzo and DePaul fit fine together. We will be better prepared for Netherlands after a week of rest so everyone calm down. One other observation, it seems we play better against strong teams. But they knew they would win this game easily so there wasn’t as much urgency
It’s very difficult to understand why scaloni afraid to bring dybala in place of out of form lautaro Martinez. If it’s dybala he could have scored atleast 2 goal. IF Argentina lost lautaro Martinez and Scaloni should be personally liable…
Taglafico neither defend nor attack
Lisandro Martinez best defender of the world
Julian Alvarez excellent
Messi man of the match…
I agree with you on Tagliafico. He tries very hard but I think looking forward Franco Carboni and Facundo Medina are the future in that spot.
Tagli is ok for defending. But rest assured he wont score.
Not at all. Even defensively he’s weak.
I get that Lautaro was brought in to score a goal and get some confidence. But he didn’t score and still doesn’t have any confidence. I don’t know if it’s going to be good to bring him into games anymore. Unless we are leading by 3.
I’m hoping that the starting 11 is a little different next game. Someone other than Papu. If Di Maria is healthy have him come back in for the first half. I’m not sure who should sub for Julian Alvarez, but it shouldn’t be Lautaro. Not when we only have 3 more potential games
Bad takes from today’s game:
1. You need Messi magic and gift from opponent to score goals
2. You are such a pussy that you go all defense against Australia and you did not wait until 2-0 up.
3. You let Australia get back into the game after taking the lead(remember Martinez-Otamendi blunder) just like you did against Colombia in the semi and they brutally punished us just like Aussies were about to today
4. Toro did not even care to take the first touch to ensure the goal. Another pussy
5. I get it. They made it very difficult for us. But still you are Argentina and in first half literally 0 midfield.
6. With all these happening you don’t bring in Dybala, Correa.
All you people that think Australia will be “easy” should understand you cannot underestimate any opponent. Messi himself said they will be very hard to beat.
This late goal from Australia showed how panicked we are if we concede. Saudi match and this match showing we need to improve on this. Trust me if we concede early we are done and dusted.
Agreed. In QF game against Netherlands, who scored first will win.
Why did Scaloni replace Molina and Acuna who were playing well time and time again?Why is there no Dybala in place of Papu Gomez? Why is the whole team brought into defensive shape when 1-2 goals are lead. Why is Alvarez brought?why still not dybala???imagine if Australia equalised then Argentina surely panicked.every time scaloni kill the momentum.another thing i Don’t like that is why the whole team just passing their time in the midfield area or their own D box area and doing unnecessary tiki taka.scaloni surely lost his head.is dybala going there for picnic.
That is basic futbal. Both fullback were tired and Acuna was on yellow. Once you are up by 2 you defend deep and attack on counters and score like Holland. We did the same thing but the unlucky goal from deflection changed everything and Lautaro kept on missing chances after chances and we couldn’t bury the match like we would have liked to !!
True that the Australia goal was unlucky for us. You also must admit that Alvarez’s goal was kinda lucky too.
Was Acuña replaced to stop him from getting another yellow? That way he can start every game no matter what, right?
Molina wing was leaking. he was too nervous. those Aussies were just trying to play in that wing. Lautaro is dealing with some metal issues. I guess Saudi match did a number on him. I don’t know whether we have time for him to recover.
Watched Germany vs Algeria 2014? It’s one hell of a match and Germans were almost eliminated. The knockout is very, very different from the group stages. But the the problem is so many fans who only watched a handful of WC matches are writing here whatever comes to their minds.
Exactly mate, they are some trolls who doesn’t understand tournament knock out competition, Mark my word the Netherlands are more suited to play than minows like Australia
Will mark ur words Godin, cu after that match !
Just get a life mate ..,,,
you are exactly right
Wow all these MFs here to bash Scaloni like he ran away with their moms. Lautaro is very low on confidence now.. you are leading.. who would you bring? Definitely Lautaro to try and get him to score goals. Dybala was about to be subbed in.. he was warming up.. but after we conceeded I think there was a change of plan.. now lets f***ing calm down !!
We have to remember the players are tired they just played 2 days ago
Seems u r happy with Scaloni’s tactics!
No.. but in hindsight we can say a lot of things.. also when a team gets a lucky goal we know we would be nervous.. its a world cup.. the good thing is we should have scored 2 more after that so we we were not sitting back completely
yep come back here when Argentina wins the match 3-0 against netherland
It is not possible for Scaloni to drop Dybala if Messi put a stress on him. But truth is, Messi is not supporting Dybala. Talent of Dybala for National team is being wasted. Argentina people should create a noise. I am a big fan (may be top fan) from Pakistan and I have been in love with Argentina since 1994 when I was kid.
That’s not how things work. Messi Pressurizing Team manager for some player? And jeopardizing entire team and the staff?
Emi – 9/10
Molina – 6/10
Romero – 7.5/10
Otamendi – 5.5/10
Acuna – 7/10
Enzo – 6/10
RDP – 8/10
Mac – 6/10
Papu – 6.5/10
Alavarez – 8/10
Messi – 10/10
Lisendro – 8/10
Tagliafico – 4/10
Lautaro – 1/10
Montial – 6/10
Palacio – 3/10
Some of our guys played very well and some are really poor.
Happy to see De Paul getting back to his level. Just need a few more key passes but he will peak at the right time.
all these commenters in the forum…Scaloni won us a cup after 18 years…he knows better than most of you guys…so keep calm and support the team
He knows nothing
Scaloni has defensive mind set
I don’t understand why we go defensive when we are winning 2 goals..man that will give chance for opposition to score. We invited pressure by defensive approach after 2 goals. Also, more defensive when we are 2-1. Don’t be too defensive Mr.Scaloni. If it was going to extra time, we would have ended up with defensive tactics and miss firing Lautaro..!
Haters you can be critical as much as you want and I don’t give f….k Argentina are quarterfinal that is what matters in knock out tournament
That’s 100% right…idk what these guys want..scaloni won us a cup after 18 years and he knows better than any of us…only criticism for scaloni would be not bringing dybala in
28 years. Not 18
Is it just me or Romero sometimes just switches off completely.
Martinez is active all the time.
Thanks to him we didn’t concede that goal
And wait till this retard Scaloni talk like a wise piece of shit in the press conference. I am shocked at how the Argentine media are actually not putting any pressure on this shit. Scaloni even as a player had mental issues remember from La Caruna days. Van Gaal will eat this retard like a piece of cake and fart on our faces.
Scaloni will beat van gaal on Friday
I think scaloni subbed Alvarez and got Lautaro to give him the confidence as it was lacking after the match against Saudi . Anyways he should not be selected again . Correa and Dybala shud be the immediate replacements. Would also like to somewhat thank pep to give a chance to Alvarez to start few of city’s games
It’s not about Martinez sub but not bringing in either Dybala or Correa in place of Papu to stretch shit out of those cocky Aussie shots. playing 5 defenders?
Cry more troll.
Hopefully Dimaria will be back otherwise I can’t watch one sec of Papu Gomez!! Also Australia is not a pushover team. They defeated both Denmark and Tunisia and scored first against France .That 4-1 score line doesn’t do justice to how well they played against the reigning champions. We are lacking speed upfront and Tagliafico can’t hit a barn door when attacking. Also what a save from Emi in the dying mins. Lautaro’s misses almost sent the match to the extra time. I would rather see Dybala or Correa than out of form striker. Our defense panicked because of the misses from our forwards.
We almost paid a big price because of so much misses by Lautaro Martinez. He missed three excellent chances and was never pressing the goalkeeper like Julian. Still Scaloni would trust him rather than Dybala or Correa. What Scaloni is doing is going to impact the team spirit big time? You cannot keep your deserving players on the bench and go on fielding out of form ones. Lautaro has simply lost the plot for last several matches. Any other young player would have at least played a pressing game to make up for the misses. He didn’t even do that and that sent lot of pressure back to the defence. He was horribly wrong in his approach to the game. As long as Alvarez was there Argentina looked like in full control. The moment Lautaro came in there is significant drop in their resistance. Even Palacios was disappointing. But Messi played a wonderful game. He could have easily ended with 1 goal and 3 assists. Such a disappointing and nerve-wrecking last 15 mins.
De Paul can fuck off and Lautaro needs to do some cardio.
Arguably our worst game since KSA nightmare. Our young boys Mac, Enzo, and Julian are doing good
HOW IS SCALONI SO HESITANT TO START DYBALA? WE HAVE TO KNOW WHY IS NO ONE ASKING DURING PRESS CONFERENCE?! The poor guy was fooled when he got asked to warm up
What’s wrong with DePaul? He is every where. Best work rate ever.
Licha is must…. 2nd best after messi
Simeone could have score 4/5 times what L. Toro missed so far.
Even Garnacho wouldn’t miss those sitters…
What happens to you Martinez?
I scared who will take our penalties in shout out…
Lautaro was a waste Dybala shud be given a chance can’t be worse than lautaro
If we play like this against the Netherlands they will kill us off.
100 percent , nd they dont miss chances infront of goal
which game were you watching…US had lots of chances against netherlands…Aus couldn’t touch us for the whole game except the last shot on goal and the own goal
Because? xG 1,61 vs 0,35, Holland USA 1,67 vs 1,49 vs a naive team. Holland defending vs USA and Ecuador (who destroyed them) was shite.
Not satisfied at all…still I don’t know how Lautaro miss those easy chances….
How they scored? How we became under pressure at the last moment. Emi saved us. What happened to our organised defense?
Because defense never begins in the last quarter. Defense begins right upfront. When Messi and Alvarez were pressing upfront Australians were looking like UAE. The moment Lautaro came in the entire pressing football went for a toss. Scaloni should have asked Lautaro to come a bit down and Palacios a bit up pressing. He did not send any such instruction for sure. We almost lost a well deserved victory. Horrible strategy by Scaloni and extremely disappointing game from Lautaro. If he no longer feels part of the team having been removed from the starting line up, he deserves a hard spank on his back, ‘Go back and become the next Icardi. Wasted talent.’
The midfield were great. take a bow Enzo. Scaloni u can go and eat shit u son of a *****.
Even a child can see it. take papi out and bring Dybala in.
And Acuna was tiring.
Argentine coaches have lost all the cups in the last 3 decades and this Scaloni mifo should rot and die. Such a piece of incompetent retard.
Scoloni is the fucking bullshit coach nothing else..2 martinez save two goal…
Oh lautrao how can miss it….
When you have Dybala, correa..why u start papu?
Answer me scoloni..bullshit
Scaloni to be blame. I agree with everyone who is upset with Scaloni. What’s the reason for starting a 35 year old Gomez, when you have Correa, who is younger, more skilled, better scorer and more hard working on the bench. Qatar is hot and humid. Molina needs to believe in himself some more.
Messis reaction after that lautaro miss …
Not a good performance overall .
Messi rescue again.
Happy for alvarez and de paul.
Martinez missed his chance in the starting 11 hopefully
Despite some shaky moments throughout the game, Otamendi came up big in the final minutes of the game. Also who would’ve thought El Toro might not score this whole World Cup?
It was Licha .
Otamendi 😂🤣😹 he was piss poor
Like Lukaku from Inter Lautaro almost singlehandedly knocked us out! He is not only out of form now his confidence is the lowest. He missed like 3 easy chances.
Why no Paredes or guido when we are wining 2-0? I am shocked
This wont be enough against the Netherlands. We have to step up. Hope Di maria gets fit by then we have 6 days break.
No wonder Dybala is not experimented becoz there are no minutes for experimenting there.Saying that Dybala wouldnt have been bad as Lautaro who looks a skeleton of himself.
Scaloni’s in-game tactics is horrible. It was apparent in Saudi Arabia and Mexico matches. He chickens out under pressure. There’s no explanation for his tactics after Argentina took 2 goals lead.
This is inexplicable to bring in Lautaro instead of Dybala. Dybala 100% has better form than poor Lautaro.
Tagliafico neither can defend nor attack…. He just has energy nothing else. He almost cost us that 2nd goal.
Agree. Tagliafico and Montiel are useless. I am sure Argentina has better talent than this two
Lionel Scaloni always destroys the rhythm of the game. Dybala should have replaced Papu Gomez.If Australia had come back in this game, Argentina would have lost this game.
Lisandaro is the smallest man on the pitch yet he heads over 6foot ausis thats passion for the game, enzo fernandaz passing in after that home goal was god like, means the youngster is not worried about the momment he played his best game after that home goal which is champions charecter
Take rest de paul u r the engine
And go home lautaro
The only criticism for scaloni would be not to bring Dybala and bring lautaro in….lautaro is out of touch
I hope Lautaro Martinez never play for Argentina again in this word cup. He is the worst player in the pitch and it’s not even close. Dybala deserves more minutes than him.
Come on man that’s cruel to say. The kid lacked confidence you can Messi was trying everything to assist him. He needs support not those harsh criticism
Argentina 2Australia 1… Messi the great.
send Lautaro home so he cannot miss anymore chances.
Ugly win…. scaloni must explain his tactics…. Not happy
We not going to win like this 😔😔😔
italy 2006 was ugly but won the WC…same goes for the 1978 Argentina and 1986 Argentina
How that is ugly? Apart from a lucky goal conceded, we didn’t do anything wrong.
Scaloni is a f..king idiot! Today’s substitution were utterly blunder.!
Tagliafico playing left winger😅 role. How far this team will go with Messi magic alone!!
Bro I can’t believe lautaro miss that shit, alvarez would never miss that
Is there any gay relationship between Fucaloni and Lautrao?> whyyyyy he is sending that good for nothing Lautaro over and over again?!!! He should have scored that 88th minutes chance!!! what a mofo
Lautaro Martinez totally out of form…..
Whoever thinking this team will win world cup can go to bed and sleep
Over hyped martinez.julian alvarez is better.
Lautaro is shit
Lautaro is the worst player in the pitch. How many sitter he is going to miss and kept getting minutes?
What have you done Lautaro?? That was your one easy chance to get a goal
How Martinez missed that?
Now it’s the time to keep ourselves culm!!! Messi needs to do more….
Toro has some mentality issue I guess….
Instead of Paredes Scaloni is bringing Montiel? Why? Molina was playing good
So no dybala , this fucking scaloni have some personal problem with him
That’s Why i am saying scaloni has no brain.always substitute defencive player after 1 or 2 goal lead.still no dybala.if messi injured he will learn lesson.
Do not curse players especially messi to get injured .., that is damn sadist
So much over confidence man
Scaloni is experimenting in KO match. What kind of tactics it is!
No tactics at all
Mother fucker coach ..
Still no Dybala..
Just 0 tactics
Just depends on
Some individual performance
I don’t think I can watch this match anymore.
Scaloni wants to field 10 defenders + Messi?
Oh my god. Why Montiel???
Now this is a different game
Bad luck, aussie scores… deflected
No dybala ?
Dybala Correa Palacios still on bench…….now thats what I call a great coach…..
Aussies are not parking the bus anymore where is our field goal??!!!!
When we play this 3CB formation, I wouldn’t worry even MSN is in front of us lol
They are the best CB line at this WC. Period.
Yes. But the reason for going back to 3 men defense is, when the opposition press your defender with 3 men, you get an extra defender at the back to play ball out of the defense.
Sub off Acuna immediately please. He has a yellow card. Tagliafico is needed.
What is scaloni thinking? Trying to defend one goal lead agaist australia by bringing on another defender LOOL. Argentine coaches and their weird substitutions
Dybala warming up
Appalling appalling display appalling appalling approach…luck gave us the second goal…….we play like pussies against the dutch…..and we are out
youre such a pussy that you play 5 defenders against ausssie?
Sometimes… I don’t understand Scaloni. Guess he is not good at tactics. Hope we win tho…
You come here to instigate lmao get a fucking life
No back passes please…… nearly got heart attack… Alvarezzzzz goallllllll
Good Papu out!! Good for nothing
He’s not good for nothing and he didn’t play badly at all.
Argentina again struggling to get the ball out of the midfield area and Messi dropping deep to get the ball. This is what happens when you have a midfielder who likes to play as a second striker, even higher up in the opposition half than Messi. Papu has been playing good but this match was better suited for parades.
I would have put parades for McAllister. Mac had a good forward pass to Otamendi leading to Messi’s goal and another long pass from the deep that Julian couldn’t get hold of. Other than that McAllister had been the laziest player on the field. People here are so fascinated by McAllister that I decided to focus on his play. I start counting how many times does he touches the ball between 22-46 mins. The answer is 11. Only Julian (11) and Emi has lower touches than McAllister.
This is based on Sofascore (total touches by a player):
This is Mac Allister positioning sense made that goal. Just see the reply how Mac dropped from Penalty box and received that ball and pass it to penalty box.
I know that you will come up defending him but we shouldn’t forget that he is a midfielder. He is leaving a hole in the midfield, making Enzo, DePaul and Messi to play their ass off covering the space.
Maybe, it’s Scaloni’s tactics how he wants to use Mac
Too much negativity, this is a good team
I am thinking Ausie will make a goal in second half.
We need to score another goal. Players looks tired they need rest
Much like Saudi game.
Aussies pressing high with a mid-high to mid-low block. We are too slow in running and our passes are also slow. No dribbling success.
Anything is possible but realistically our attack is too slow to win the world cup.
We have no counter attacking. We just keep the ball and waiting long time to release…
Alvarez is pressing like a man possessed. Love it
Cagey match so far. Spaces will open up in the second half
We need the second goal asap.
We need another goal….!!!!
Is it Argentina played bad or did they make it incredibly difficult? Because half time analysis they did not really mention Argentina playing bad or anything. El Principe, Enganche, Wisdom…
Need some speed..every one need to press..very bad playing so far..papu need to sub
The second half should begin with Dybala or Angel Correa so that our right becomes more operative. Julian playing in a wrong position. He should be on the left and bit central. We are just wasting a striker by making him play in a position graced by Di Maria. Sometimes Scaloni’s decisions look so out of place. Just bizarre.
What a poor display uptil now, no proper chances created other than that goal.
Why papu is playing?
McAllister needs to be more alive, he just not in the match for 5 mins sometimes, just be good on the ball is not good enough.
Once again no creativity whatsoever , this team lacks pace too.
This team really miss lo celso and gonzalez.
The more I see Enzo the more I m becoming a fan of him. I also like the energy of acuna. Other players should learn from acuna and Enzo.
We can’t rely on Messi everytime to produce goal out of nowhere. Locelso and nico is being missed dearly. Hope we can see Dybala playing.
This team need a lot of works if beat the Aussies and also beat Netherlands how this team playing this way going to beat Brazil
Very disappointing 1st half….1 goal only 1 shot on goal vs Ausie is not enough to win the WC….too slow, no speed….Scaloni needs to do something….I am very very dissatisfied with the game…
We’re playing too slow and are not creatimg anything. A goal out of nowhere. Disappointing so far.
What the fuck happened to de Paul. Once He was the main pillar of our midfield.
Lo celso hid his deficiencies. He is good with the ball but not excellent, he takes too many touches.
Australia really made it difficult. More like KSA match.
They are not allowing free flowing football. If they keep same tactics, it will be hard in second half too.
If they try to score, we will get our chances. Otherwise, we will be forced to use mainly long balls. Enzo, Ota and DePaul are good in that.
Yeah, they are not giving any space at all. They only had one plan and that is prevent any goal whatsoever with zero plans to score. Now they will have to change their tactics. If we can frustrate them for another 15mins then there will be ample spaces for counter attacks. May take Papu out play Paredes and Enzo plays higher up.
Long balls killing us. We have to show more urgency in midfield. That’s where we will dominate this game.
We dearly need Di Maria, with him opponents will have another one be scared of apart from Messi. He’s big game player. Remember he scored the only goal in WC 2014 vs and assist as Belgium in QF, after that we scored no goals. And many more examples
Papu is the weak link. He is not being able to produce any flank attack. We desperately need someone to replace him. Someone who can attack from the right. Scaloni’s decision to field Papu is costing us badly. What a terrible first half. We are just lucky to have a ‘scorer out of nowhere’.
Australia approached the match with good lessons from Mexico and Poland match which is why they are defending with the whole team and also not letting Argentina keep possession of the ball. They kept on passing to each other in their own half just to not let our team get into the flow but moment of genius from the GOAT has forced them to come for the ball which will open gaps and so far Papu and Molina haven’t been able to create penetrating passes. We will most likely defend deep now in then second half and can’t afford any lapse of concentration.
Some of RDP’s passes leave a lot to be desired.
Agreed, also not doing much on the ball.
Seems like Australia is hard pressing us after the midfield line and doing nothing on their half.
To win WC, we have to play way better than this…. Netherland game will be very tough than Aussies…
I concur. The way they play out from the back is unnerving. They really need to improve on playing possession football.
Messi is inevitable…He hides all match till now and then he produces this.
Again very intelligent pass by macallister to otamendi🔥❤
This is why he is Messi let’s fucking go
When Messi retires, I want MacAllister wear No.10. He is fantastic and a great player.
I can breathe now.
I too can exhale.
Kangaroos have just been passing the ball to the goalkeeper. Not any more.
This game can’t go till extra time, we have to win in regular time… but we don’t have any control till now. Dimaria is so important!
Acuna doing usless fouls.aussies are stronger than we thonk and messi loose too much ball
No speed, not taking any 1×1, no flunk support
France beats this Australia team so easily because their wingers can dribble through the Australian fullbacks 100% of the time.
Not a single shot on target till now
Give me dybala bro, he is more creative, why is Papu playing smh
ARG is too slow, very bad
Argentina is not a world cup winning material,
I agree but losing to Australia at R16 is not acceptable
Scaloni was is an idiot. Papu offers nothing to the table. He is too slow play this game.
Completely agree. Papu is making the entire attack look so weak.
Unable to create space… stuck in midfield, Aussie growing in confidence now
This is because we have no advantages on both wings. So they can stuck us in the central area.
This team lacks 1v1 advantage. Right now nobody is willing to take on Australian defender in 1v1 situation. That’s why Di Maria is so crucial to us.
Papu is flat-out finished – can’t shot can’t pass can’t dribble. He shouldn’t start by what I have seen so far. Very rusted.
Vamosss Argentina 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷!!!!!!!!!
Damn! Mac Allister’s impressing me.
Not to mention was it a penalty but clearly was handball
Yes it was clear handball.may refree didnt see that one but papu appealed.whats wrong with scolani.
Its a clear penalty.refree biased,?fuck fifa
Papu’s first touch on the ball was good. Little things like this matter.
fuck they huge no corners against us
Vamos Argentina… only your performance is in your hands…. do your best and leave it all on the field..the rest as they say is ‘riff-raff’
Vamos Argentina !!!
All the best guys…
I’m very nervous right now and what ever i said about Papu before don’t matter now i hope everyone is playing their hearts out
Last 2 matches were giving too much of tension before the match…but today I more relaxed… expecting a sure win..
There are a lot players in this team that are better than papu but Scaloni is still starting him. Papu is too old and slow to compete at this level
Seems wrong decision by Scaloni. Papu would be slow against the Australians.
Here we go boys. Mundo huddle time. Put all your insecurities aside. Stand for the anthem! Let’s get this.
Vamos vamos !!!!!!!!!
Papu is a always a fighting and tough player. He will do his best for sure. At this moment, let’s just win this game. Vamos!!!
If Papu starts who takes care of the right which was the domain where DiMaria operated mostly from? This decision of Scaloni surprises me.
De Paul, Messi and Molina will ooerate from the righ; Papu, Mac A and Acuna from the left.
Vamosss Argentina 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷
Short and aging Papu will struggle with Aussie tall and strong players. Big mistake!!
Hope Papu will score and assist to prove me wrong, we will however 😉
Papu is a better team player than Angel Corea and Dybala. He played with this team more than the other two. Papu is also good at scoring too.
So I guess papu for his physicality and toughness. No unnecessary complains guys. In scaloni we trust..
I’m conflicted if I should watch the game on the big screen on telemundo or on my phone with Tyc Sports commentators. They’re always something else
Look, I am one of the biggest Papu Gomez fans u will ever meet.
But I don’t know if I would have started him today. I hope he is ready to run, track back and get physical. I hope scalonis decision pays off.
Vamos Vamos !
Brazilian players are dropping like flies. It would be hilarious to see them not even reach the quarters after all the hype
My objectives for today’s match apart from we qualifying for QF:
1) Have a comfortable win allowing some player rotation & subbing DePaul, Otamendi & Messi ( he wont allow to get subbed though😊) post 60mins
2) We win without even bringing in DiMaria
3) Acuna should not get a yellow as he is already on 1 card & will else get disqualified for QF
4) Lautaro comes in as a sub & scores a goal. A confidence booster for the tougher matches. We are not winning the WC without lautaro playing a key role
5) We get atleast one penalty corner led header goal.
6) Papu does well in 1st half vindicating Scaloni decision & Dybala getting a solid 30mins in 2nd half
6) For heaven’s sake – no xtra time or penalty shootout.
I love this wish list lol. Hope they all come true
Don’t expect Dybala will start automatically. He will have to come as sub, then perform. If he’s performing good he will get chance to start.
I believe he will get minutes in this match.
Still no Dybala
As before will see the results at the end, the tension is unbearable .,,
Papu never technically better than Dybala. Angel correa has much speed and skill than papu.But somehow scaloni chose him. Btw Scoloni chose him so i am going to support him, full support.
Hope today we get early 1st half goal. Just play basic and we will win..
Papu is worst choice,,,,if not Dybala… even almada,Correa can start
Hope today Argentina lost 2-1 vs Australia and then Lionel scaloni got sacked.this guy is know nothing. Why dybala is not starting. Sack scaloni.
Really you want Messi to lose his last chance of winning a world cup over disagreement with Scaloni? What kind of fan are you? No freaking way
Argentina has not won a world cup since 1986, stop this nonsense…
F…k off you c…t bcs of Dybala not starting all suddenly you want arg to lose you fake fan, we will beat Australia and there is nothing you do about that
You want the team lose.. because Dybala not used..? What a good Argentina fan…
You are Tete’s boyfriend?
You don’t want Argentina to win since dybala is not playing .,, what a loser
The truth is this is the sad part of most Argentine fans. They supporting this team based on 1 or 2 players.
Dude, you just won the prize for biggest moron to ever visit this site. You are nothing more than a useless troll. Toilet paper has more value in life than your football opinion.
@flying birds, What u r doing here. U should be in Brazil blog motherf***r.
@san Isidro: I’m surprised by short memory on this website. If you go back during Copa, he made a similar statement of Brazil winning the Copa.
Who cares if Dybala plays or not as long ss if we can win a WC. You should be ashamed of that comment. You cant be an Argentina fan. Disgrace.
Papu is a better finisher than lautaro atleast currently. If there is any chance near the penalty area he can make full use of it. Even if we play lautaro the long ball would be useless against Australians. With 3 midfielders to support papu can unleash and play that 1 2s in those tight spaces and go for those 1on 1with defenders.
DePaul Will have more work on right side. Hopefully he will step up today.
i would personally start lautaro, alvarez and messi.
However scaloni is almost always right. Scaloni is incredible.
WTF at least he is not playing midfield he is playing probably LW
But how was he the better fit then Correa or Dybala??????
Dybala can’t play in wings, hardly work hard, one dimensional player.
We can make case of angel correa but for dybala it is difficult.
Dybala used to be a RW and he still can play there just watch the Roma Games he is playing a SS but is always drifting wide mostly to RW
The same goes for Papu mostly playing Nr10 if he plays for Sevilla… Dybala is always playing and super inform
Papu is old and not at the same level as last year. However, he is they type of attacker that Australian tall and big defenders always struggle with in 1v1 situation. That’s why he is ahead of Correa. But I still believe that Dybala can give Australia defense much more troubles. I don’t understand what Scaloni’s plan with Dybala. If you never use him, then why do you even include him?
I agree on Dybala. Papu is a 30 minute spot player, locker room guy. I would never start him. Looks like we will suffer until this guy is replaced in the game. For God’s sake we leave Lautaro on the bench over Papu? WTF
For Messi replacement only
Buendia should have been selected. We could have use him in left wing.
What is this buienda and garnacho shit all the time, stop the useless bragging and support the team
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