AL RAYÁN QATAR ( Associated Press) — They are another Argentina side that continues to slide into the World Cup.
For striker Julian Alvarez, the goal flows even when he misses. Lautaro Martinez, who was ousted from the starting line-up by Manchester City’s youth talent, also lacks a goal at his disposal.
At the age of 22, Álvarez made his second start for Argentina and scored a goal in a 2–1 win over Australia on Saturday in the World Cup round of 16.
Shortly after the start of the second half, Australian goalkeeper Matthew Ryan tried to play under pressure from Argentina’s Rodrigo de Paul and did not notice the presence of Álvarez, who stole the ball from him and cut in with a half-goal shot. with his right leg. It was the young striker’s second cry of the tournament.
“A huge pleasure, I always do my best to help my side,” said the “Spider” after the game. “Cheering on my teammates on the pitch or on the bench. Obviously, being a striker I am closer to the goal and if I can contribute better with goals.
Martinez, 25, is the second goalscorer in coach Lionel Scaloni’s cycle after captain Lionel Messi. He started the first two games of the group stage. In the loss to Saudi Arabia, some of his goals were disallowed for offside. In the second against Mexico it wasn’t even close.
Álvarez, on the other hand, revived the offense every time he came off the bench and Scaloni did not hesitate: he sent him into the entry zone against Poland, in the game that defined the Albiceleste’s classification to the round of 16. Will do , The young man paid off with a great goal from an angle.
In the first duel of the elimination stage, Alvarez was one of the team’s high points. When Australia fell back to defend the void in their goal, the attacker tried to force the Aussies into making mistakes with a much physical display.
“The 2-0 was important to give us peace of mind. I always try to put more pressure on the goalkeeper and that’s what happened. We just went with Rodrigo and luckily we were able to get the better of him”, he explained the play before his goal.
With 20 minutes to go, Scaloni replaced Álvarez and sent “Toro” Martínez down the field, seeing that overtaking the Australians would allow him to rediscover the goal.
He had an unbeatable chance when Messi, after a great individual play, gave him the ball for his own goal, but the Inter Milan forward sent it several meters over the crossbar.
Due to his own qualities and his opponent’s drought for position, it would be difficult for Alvarez to leave the team with the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.
“We’re going to do our best to keep the faith going all together,” he declared.