During the first phase, the noted disappointment of the Argentine National Team in the U-20 World Cup was able to make up with a good first phase, however, already for the round of 16, when they faced a weighty rival like Nigeria, the local team did not He was able to avoid his shortcomings that left him eliminated this Wednesday -May 31-.
Nigerian goals against Argentina:
Two goals where the physical marvel was the great protagonist, were enough for Argentina to be left out of the World Cup that at the last minute they ended up being awarded. In the first measure, when there were 30 minutes to go, the Africans at the point of rebounds took the ball to the rival area and there they cashed.
Then, when everything was almost sentenced, the Nigerian ’10’ beat an Argentine defender with sheer power to put in a precise cross and with the goal almost empty, sentencing the key with the final 2-0.
As for Argentina, they added one more disappointment in the World Cup in the Under-20 category after it was shown that they do not have a recent history that favors them. The last time he appeared was back in 2007 when he took the title, later in 2009 and 2013 they did not qualify, 2011 was in the quarterfinals, 2015 and 2017 in the group stage, 2019 and 2013 ended in the round of 16.
Javier Mascherano, coach in charge of the albiceleste team, analyzed after the defeat what could have been considered the deadly sins that condemn his team to leaving the tournament early: “We played a good game, but we knew that if we made any mistakes in defense we would we could pay dearly”.
Although the result shows that Nigeria dominated, Argentina had most of the leading role and bad luck that the ball did not go in: “Unfortunately the two oversights end the two goals that penalize us too much. The team tried by all means, nothing to reproach, football is like that, sometimes it gives you and sometimes it takes away”.
To close, he explained how that group of players who will be the future for the current world champion must face this loss: “In the end, understand that in this game, merit has nothing to do with the result. They will have to raise their heads and continue with the clubs, it hurts our souls but I am leaving with the peace of mind that the team showed calm to play ”.
Schedule and results of the round of 16
(All times are in Colombian time)
- United States 4-0 New Zealand – Tuesday May 30, 12:30 pm
- Uzbekistan 0-1 Israel – Tuesday, May 30, 4:00 p.m
- Colombia 5-1 Slovakia – Wednesday May 31, 12:30 pm
- Brazil 4-1 Tunisia – Wednesday May 31, 12:30 pm
- Argentina 0-2 Nigeria – Wednesday May 31, 4:00 pm
- England 1-2 Italy – Wednesday, May 31, 4:00 pm
- Ecuador vs. South Korea – Thursday June 1, 12:30 pm
- Gambia vs. Uruguay – Thursday June 1, 4:00 pm
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