Although it is always pleasant to watch Messi in great condition, Argentina he also enjoyed the immense victory against Colombia as a visitor because he achieved it without depending on the phenomenon. At the end, what was not usual happened, but which is imposed as necessary to advance in the search for a team with greater collective sense. It was a gigantic step towards the Qatar World Cup and a powerful dose of tranquility thinking about the America’s Cup that will start on Sunday. The blue and white team won in Barranquilla hitting two brutal blows from the start, two goals that had not needed Leo in the gestation or in the definition, but … In the fourth additional minute, Borja drew the 2-2 with a header and left Argentina already Leo without the triumph they deserved. A shame
Changed half team Scaloni compared to the initial formation of the gray tie with chili. Looked for more game with It
Celso and more verticality with Nicholas
Gonzalez, the replacements of Ocampos Y Gave
Mary. Modified the two side markers to find even more overflow on the outside: Montiel Y Acuna for Foyth Y Tagliaphic. And put in the heart of the defense Otamendi for Martinez
Quarta. Of course, the feint of a 5-3-2 did not prosper. He chose a 4-3-3.
Colombia respect to Argentina. In fact, to protect himself, the technician Reinaldo
Wheel He left a forward like Muriel as a substitute and added a branded midfielder like Lerma. Very well it did not come out …
Without requiring the decisive participation of Messi, at 7 minutes, Argentina they were already winning 2-0, something that at that time no one selected had achieved as a visitor in the entire history of the South American Qualifiers. First yelled Christian
Rosemary head, after a free kick from From
Paul. Immediately celebrated Walls avoiding rivals and solving left-handed to a corner, clarifying to pure class a confused action that had been initiated in an improper blunder of Leo.
With such an advantage, with total tranquility, Argentina he handled the development at will. From time to time he found those connections in the game, chaining together various touches generally led by Messi, something that he had lacked against Chile. Ospina he took the third from Lautaro
Martinez and later to Messi after a free throw.
Rueda tried to turn the expressionless Colombia at 30 of the first half. He reversed the initial change decision: outside Lerma, indoors Muriel to recreate the duo that makes up the Atalanta with Duvan
Shoe. And precisely between the two they generated the only clear chance for Colombia in the first stage: sensual pass of Muriel and missile of Shoe from above.
Played, Wheel He also took advantage of the break to keep changing: Neighborhoods, Cardona Y Borja for Cuellar, Lewis
Diaz Y Shoe. Quickly there was a header from Borja alone, but off the track. And there came a beginner’s mistake from Otamendi (He has left doubts in the national team for a long time), who committed a senseless penalty to Uribe. Muriel did not hesitate, discounted and a game was opened there, very uncomfortable for Argentina.
Anyway, it seemed that Messi and company solved that situation with a certain sobriety. Argentina managed to prevent Colombia corner her. And that he had to lose his defensive column: due to a muscular problem, outside Christian
Rosemary, who was impassable behind, but also with a clean and judicious start.
It’s more, Argentina it was closer to third than Colombia in the tie. In that case, yes the difference was Messi. The thing is LeoTo round off another interesting individual production, he appeared in all the scoring possibilities during that period. Twice Ospina He frustrated him: he took a free kick from an angle and drew an impossible reaction down to stop him from a left-footed shot. And between those two opportunities, also the 10 left hand in hand to Lautaro, but again the Colombian goalkeeper saved.
To all those situations Colombia I had only been able to contrast a shot of Muriel high. However, in the additional fourth minute, Square threw the last center, Foyth slept, Borja beat him headlong and Marchesin he couldn’t get it out. It was a tie. Argentina Y Messi they deserved the victory.
– Colombia: Ospina; Medina (Moreno, 74 ‘), Yerry Mina, Davinson Sánchez, Tesillo; Cuéllar (Barrios, 46 ‘), Lerma (Muriel, 30’), Uribe; Cuadrado, Díaz (Cardona, 46 ‘) and Zapata (Borja, 46’).
– Argentina: Emi Martínez (Marchesín, 38 ‘); Montiel, Romero (Pezzella, 64 ‘) Otamendi, Acuña; Paredes, De Paul, Lo Celso (Palacios, 54 ‘); Nico González (Foyth, 64 ‘), Messi and Lautaro Martínez.
– Goals: 0-1, Romero (3 ‘); 0-2, Walls (8 ‘); 1-2, Muriel (pen) (51 ‘); 2-2, Borja (94 ‘)
– Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI). He admonished Yerry Mina (33 ‘), Zapata (45 + 3’), Romero (45 + 8 ‘), Medina (47’), Otamendi (48 ‘), Tesillo (56’), Paredes (62 ‘), Pezzella (79 ‘), Borja (91’).
– Spectators: 10,000 in the Metropolitan Roberto Meléndez de Barranquilla.