After a test against a soft opponent like Guatemala (3-0 with Simeone’s debut and goal and a barrage of chances), Colombia is a much more serious test. And Argentina gets bogged down: it ends with a 0-0 less spectacular.
Yet the “Selecciòn”, temporarily led by Lionel Scaloni (former Lazio and Atalanta) and completely revolutionary compared to Russia ’18, was strong, with the usual 4-3-3 (without Messi remained at home and without number 10 in the field ) and Mauro Icardi at the center of the attack, with Meza dell’Independiente alongside and the excellent Gonzalo Martinez del River. Instead, it remains on the bench once again (by now a habit) Paulo Dybala, who will enter the beginning of the second half without shining.
The special observer, however, is Maurito, who returns to the national team after an absence of eleven months. After four appearances and zero goals, he too knows: “If I want to keep this shirt, I just have to score,” he warned himself on the eve. It will not mark. And it will happen to him just two occasions, too few (and not because of him) that he will not be able to capitalize.
ICARDI OCCASIONS – The MetLife Stadium is struggling to fill (35.624, more than half empty) for this sleek luxury in New Jersey that opens with a minute of silence for the 17th anniversary of 11 September. At 15 ‘Tagliafico sees the cut of Icardi and left in the slip the Interista finds Ospina to block. At 36 ‘of the recovery is still Tagliafico to set a nice cross on which the Nerazzurro pounced but arrives a few centimeters late.
Stop. Everything here and at 84 ‘gives way to Acuna. But if Icardi is not released, the same can be said of Argentina. After a sparkling first quarter of an hour, the new Albiceleste collapses and reappears on the lawn the team of the World Championship, as slow and cumbersome as that in Russia, but full of new players, because even in Buenos Aires a new cycle has begun. To say,
Paulo Dybala in action against Colombia. Epa
ENTERS DYBALA – But he had MISSED the goal at the start of the match. At 7 ‘a wood from outside Palacios forced Ospina to raise in flight over the crossbar. A minute later it was Martinez with a tricky diagonal to engage the Napoli goalkeeper. And then there was the opportunity for Icardi.
Just Ospina was in great dust. And just to anticipate the Napoli-Fiorentina on Saturday, at the end of the game landed with a violent intervention Simeone: both were postponed to the ground, but nothing serious. Not even Dybala (entered the 54 ‘for Palacios), who placed himself behind Icardi, enthusiastic, but had few training sessions with the team and nobody expected him to change the script of this challenge. Only small flash on 33 ‘: get a free kick 25 meters from the door, which then kicks on the barrier.
CUADRADO OK – Instead it is Colombia that comes out well from the comparison. He often crushes rivals, keeps the ball and creates two good opportunities. At 27 ‘Cuadrado, the best of his, steals the ball and serves Falcao, whose razor from the limit is ready Armani. And then in the 38th minute of the second half Villa will put out a good position.