Monday, May 29, 2023

Indonesia and Australia, rivals of the Argentina national team for the next friendly

For the Argentina national team, the echoes of the consecration in Qatar still linger. However, the world champions will be looking to reach the qualifiers in optimum conditions for the next World Cup, which begins in September.

Under this framework, Argentina will tour the Asian continent in the month of June. It is a fact that Albiceleste will first play a friendly match in Beijing, China. Although no official announcement has yet been made, it has emerged that the opponent will be Australia, with June 15 being the tentative date for this commitment.

Then, the opponent will be Indonesia, as published on Twitter by journalist Gaston Edul. The date of the match is yet to be confirmed but it is learned that it will take place between June 18 and 20. This will be the first match between the two selected.

Talking about the record against Australia, our team dominates the record with 6 wins and one loss. The Australian team’s only victory came in the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Gold Cup by a margin of 4–1.

Although the selected players have won several friendly matches, they have also faced each other officially. The most recent took place on 3 December last year for the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. On that occasion, Argentina emerged victorious 2–1 with goals from Lionel Messi and Julián Álvarez. With that victory, Albiceleste qualified for the quarterfinals of the World Cup in which they would become champions.

Prior to that clash, the most immediate official precedent was the 2005 Confederations Cup, which Argentina won 4–2. and further back in time, the playoff remembered for the 1994 World Cup (which marked the return of Diego Maradona to the national team). On that occasion, the first leg in Australia was a 1–1 draw, while the return match, played at the Monumental, ended with a 1–0 victory for Argentina and qualifying for the World Cup in the United States.

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