BOGOTA (AP) — The three-star debut in the Argentina jersey didn’t have a happy ending.
Paraguay won 2-1 on Saturday at Pascal Guerrero Stadium in Cali to make ‘Albiceleste’ debut in the South American Sub-20 Championship.RELATED
La ‘Albiroja’ repeated the strategy that drew Colombia in the opening match of the tournament, once again demonstrating their defensive order and speed of transition to attack.
In the 34th minute, defender Gilberto Flores put Paraguay ahead with a long-range shot.
Argentina responded quickly, equalizing two minutes later with England’s Manchester City new signing Maximo Perrone starting and finishing before scoring a cross from Santiago Castro in the middle of the area.
Argentina continued to dominate the second half, but Paraguay attacked again in the 56th minute with striker Alain Uruk scoring a penalty after defender Lautaro Di Rollo handballed in the box.
“We had a fight and had to leave, but with three games to go, I can’t believe we’re already out. It wasn’t something we deserved to lose, but Argentina have to qualify, so we’re going to keep going.” I’m going,” Perone said.
Argentina turned to attack under the technical direction of Javier Mascherano but were unable to overcome Paraguay’s defensive structure, which reached four points and led Group A of the tournament.
“We are happy with what we have achieved so far. The key was to group well and oppose to take our chances.”
The worst news for Argentina came when Facundo Buonanotte lost at the wheel in the final stages of the match. Facundo Buonanotte was transferred to a hospital in Cali after losing consciousness and injuring his head after a violent fall. The player was placed under surveillance as a precaution.
“The analysis and tomography they performed on Faku (Buonanotte) went well. So I want to bring peace of mind to their family and friends,” Mascherano reported.
Colombia defeated Peru 2-1 in the duel that closed the second day of Group A, helping Paraguay top the table.
With five changes to their line-up compared to their debut, the Cafetero team had to come back to get results, but managed to add three points.
Peru took the lead in the 37th minute after capitalizing on a chain error by the Colombian defense.
On the final play of the first half, Colombia equalized with a cross shot from Oscar Cortés after a long drive and subsequent assist from Gustavo Puerta.
The hosts dominated possession in the second period, but “Blanquirroja” was limited to tying defense and constant interruptions to keep the pace of the game down.
At 73, Columbia gained a decisive advantage with the same lead as the first target. Puerta sent his kick inside the area and Millonarios and his First Division experienced Cortés finished with a header to secure the win.
This Sunday, Group B’s second day will see the region’s leaders, Bolivia, and Ecuador face off. Uruguay will face Chile.