Argentina has finally made their presence felt at the Copa America 2021, dominating and defeating Uruguay. After being held to a stalemate by Chile in their first Group B match, La Albiceleste was keen to get back on track.
From the outset of the game, Lionel Scolani’s team showed they wanted it more and continued to probe until they finally achieved their breakthrough.
This is a team full of incredible skill, but its consistent underperformance in important competitions appears to have created a psychological barrier. Argentina, on the other hand, was in spectacular form on Friday, as Guido Rodriguez won them their first win of the Copa America tournament.
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Argentina’s triumph over Uruguay was decided by Lionel Messi.
Argentina must be counting their blessings to have a talent like Lionel Messi on their team. On the field, the Barcelona star was once opposed to the difference.
The small playmaker was determined to win a major prize for his country, and the passion with which he was playing was evident with every touch. Messi played a key role in the game-winning goal against Uruguay, as his pinpoint cross found Rodriguez, who headed home the game’s only goal.
The 33-year-old has been chastised for his lack of effect in Argentina, but he is the mastermind behind everything in Brazil. Almost every assault goes through him, and he is the reason Argentina has four points after two games.
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Argentina's defense holds a clean sheet for the first time this season.
Argentina's recent troubles have been due to their shambolic defence in games, not a lack of cutting edge.
To recollect the last time La Albiceleste failed to score a goal, one has go back two years. Despite their attacking prowess, they've been conceding in practically every game.
Argentina's 1-0 win over Uruguay was only their second clean sheet in their last seven encounters. Such a poor defensive track record is inexcusable.
Brazil, Argentina's biggest challenger for the Copa America in 2021, has been scoring freely and holding clean sheets.
Messi can work his magic in the final third, but Scolani's team must also be able to keep their opponents at bay. “Attack wins games, defense wins titles,” the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson once stated.