Wednesday, June 7, 2023

How Argentina fared in their U20 World Cup debut

Javier Mascherano’s team started the tournament off on the right foot and have not struggled with the team’s positive start to the tournament.

Argentina picked up a win in their match against Uzbekistan and it meant a new positive start to the U20 World Cup. In the 17 editions in which the Albiceleste team took part, most of their first matches were with obtaining three points.

With goals from Alejo Veliz and Valentin Carboni, Javier Mascherano’s team was able to overcome the Asian team, which was able to create many complications in the first half.

Argentina got off to a good start, finishing top of Group A along with New Zealand. The Oceanic team added their first three points after defeating Guatemala 1–0 and left the Central American team without points along with the Uzbek team.

The victory also served to maintain the good start Argentina had enjoyed in the competition. With this win, the Albiceleste team accumulated 10 wins, 5 losses, 2 draws in the first matches played in the Under-20 World Cup.

Argentina’s last loss in their first match at the tournament was in 2019, when they lost 3–0 to England in their Group A opening, in an edition in which the Albiceleste team did not progress beyond the first round.

Furthermore, it set a positive precedent against Asian rivals. Wins against Indonesia, China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan lead to four wins and one loss against these rivals in the competition. The only Asian team to beat Argentina on debut was Korea (a North–South team) in Portugal 1991.

Here’s how Argentina fared on their debut in the U20 World Cup:

Japan 1979: 5-0 win over Indonesia

Australia 1981: 2-1 loss to Australia

Mexico 1983: 5-0 win over China

Saudi Arabia 1989: 2-1 loss against Spain

Portugal 1991: 1-0 loss against Korea

Qatar 1995: 1-0 win over Netherlands

Malaysia 1997: Beat Hungary 3-0

Nigeria 1999: 1-0 win over Kazakhstan

Argentina 2001: 2–0 win over Finland

United Arab Emirates 2003: 2-1 win over Spain

Netherlands 2005: 1-0 loss to USA

Canada 2007: 0-0 draw with Czech Republic

Colombia 2011: 1-0 win over Mexico

New Zealand 2015: 2-2 draw with Panama

South Korea 2017: 3-0 loss to England

Poland 2019: 5-2 win over South Africa

Argentina 2023: 2-1 win over Uzbekistan

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