Leandro Paredes rocket goal, Cristian Romero header in Argentina 2-0 win


Leandro Paredes scored a rocket of a goal and Cristian Romero scored a header in Argentina’s 2-0 win vs. Indonesia.

Paredes and Cristian Romero each scored in the same match for the second time. The first time Paredes and Romero scored in the same match for Argentina was a 2-2 draw vs. Colombia two years ago.

The World Cup champions completely controlled the first half and nearly scored several times. Some lovely passing and beautiful play by the midfield and attack but the team was unlucky not to score.

Facundo Buonanotte came close at 0-0 as he was pressing the Indonesian back line and stole the ball. The 18 year old stole the ball and dribble the goalkeeper but his effort was saved on the line. The rebound fell to Argentina but that was also saved and went out for a corner kick.

Leandro Paredes scored the only goal of the first half for Argentina but it was a goal worthy of any match. A strike from well outside of the penalty area by the World Cup winner and he would score to give Argentina the 1-0 lead.

Emiliano Martínez made a big save minutes before half time. Indonesia had an opportunity from inside the penalty area but Martínez would make the save.

The second half started with Argentina once more having possession. Indonesia would get a chance off a throw in which was flicked over but Martinez would make a big save.

Argentina would get their second goal of the match. A corner kick taken by Gio Lo Celso as his cross found Cristian Romero and he would score with a header to give Argentina the 2-0 lead.

Marcos Acuna and Alejandro Garnacho were both brought on as substitutes in the second half. Lucas Ocampos was brought in for Facundo Buonanotte. Scaloni would make three more changes as Guido Rodríguez, Gio Simeone and Thiago Almada were brought in for Exequiel Palacios, Julián Álvarez and Leandro Paredes.