BOGOTA ( Associated Press) — After two losses in their opening games, Argentina earned its first 1-0 win over Peru in the U20 South American Championship on Wednesday and kept its chances of qualifying for the final hexagonal alive.
With the victory achieved in the opening match of the day in Group A, “Albiceleste” reached three points and in another hour await the result of the match between Colombia and Brazil. If the “coffee growers” do not win, Argentina will live until the last date on Friday, in which they will face the fine hosts.
In the fixture at the Pascual Guerrero Stadium in Cali, the only goal for Argentina, which did not feature the injured Facundo Buonanote and Agustín Guy, was scored after 41 minutes in action from a set piece, after a cross that Alejo Veliz had finished. for the post and Gino Infantino took the opportunity to open the scoring.
“We came from two difficult games and we needed a win to continue with the chances of qualifying, which is what we want. The key was the effort of the whole team”, said Infantino, a midfielder with Rosario Central. Has 38 appearances and five goals.
The Javier Mascherano-led team, which made nine changes compared to its previous appearance against Brazil, showed greater fluidity in offensive play and was able to defend the result against Peru in the final leg, seeking a tie despite being eliminated. attacked in ,
“Today we were able to play well, we moved the ball and we tired them. And then when we had to defend, we knew how to suffer”, said midfielder Nicolás Paz, who is from Real Madrid Castilla. is related.