BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) — Like many of her compatriots, Brenda Ocanto turned from despair to optimism on Wednesday as she watched Argentina’s stunning victory over Poland in the last 16 of the World Cup. In fact, he believes Albiceleste can achieve much more.
“I’ve seen Argentina do very well, it’s improving and I’m sure it will do better,” the smiling young woman told The Associated Press as she joined five friends to cheer on Lionel Scaloni’s team. She exited a restaurant to meet Joe, who would beat Poland 2–0.
Ocanto admitted that the team’s setback in their debut with Saudi Arabia had left many in pain and it was necessary to underline the improvement they later achieved with a 2–0 win over Mexico.
According to the young woman, Australia – the South American team’s next opponent on Saturday – “isn’t that important” as long as the Argentina team remains well-coordinated, as it was playing in Qatar ahead of the World Cup.
“It is a united group, in which all the players focus on the same thing; They support each other emotionally and are very supportive of (Lionel) Messi,” said the young woman, who works as a salesperson in a clothing store and was there before business closed to watch the game. was able to go.
Argentina topped Group C with six points and avoided a round of 16 meeting with defending champions France. Despite the defeat, Poland – with four points – also made it into the top 16 of the tournament.
Agustin Genpro, 30, and his partner Hernan Frias, 20, took a break from work and parked their motorcycles at a gas station to watch the match between Argentina and Poland on a TV screen.
He told The Associated Press that he viewed the Argentine team as “very solid” and pointed out that in order to break into the competition they should continue to play as they did against the Polish team, which had much more ball possession. And there was little passing play.
He didn’t appreciate the fact that Messi’s penalty was saved by Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczecny. “Nothing happens, it’s football and Messi has no limits,” said Ginepro.
Hundreds of Argentines covered in pale blue and white flags gathered at points in Buenos Aires to watch the match on large screens mounted in public streets, which saw the South American team dream of another World Cup title after achieving them in Argentina 1978 and Mexico. allowed to continue watching. 1986.
Accompanied by the goals, the people gathered loudly sang “Ole Ola Ola, every day I love you more; I’m Argentine, it’s a feeling, I can’t stop”.
Roc Kloister and his partner Daria Kostets felt overjoyed.
“It was Argentina’s best game ever. We suffered, missed the penalty, but now we have a lot of confidence,” said Cloisters.
Young Camila Torres was convinced that Argentina was going to win the World Cup. “It’s Messi’s last World Cup, so he has to win,” he added.
On the other hand, hundreds of fans celebrated with songs and jumps around the obelisk monument in the center of the capital.
Midfielder Alexis McAllister and forward Julián Álvarez, who was not debuting for Albiceleste before the World Cup, scored the winning goals.
Associated Press video reporter Victor Cavano contributed to this note