While his teammate at Paris Saint-Germain was absent from the kick-off, Angel Di Maria, captain for a night, scored a superb goal and offered a precious victory to Argentina in Uruguay (0-1).
Paris Saint-Germain supporters are in a good position to know this. A voucher Angel Di Maria will always be better than a Lionel Messi far from his best form. While the six-fold Golden Ball was on the bench at kick-off, and only returned for the last quarter of an hour, Di Maria turned into a providential man on Friday night to lead theArgentine to victory in Uruguay (0-1).
Aligned to the right of Lionel Scaloni’s 4-2-3-1, the best passer in the history of PSG, who had inherited the captain’s armband for the occasion, scored the only goal of the match in the 7th minute . After a good recovery from Paulo Dybala, Di Maria deposited a wonderful ball in the skylight of the Uruguayan goalkeeper.
With a favorable ball possession (64%), Argentina was then content to manage the Uruguayan assaults, disorderly (19 shots, 4 on target), around the solid Emiliano Martinez. “This team has a lot of courage and when you don’t play well you still have to win, commented the Aston Villa goalkeeper. Winning today was a huge step. We deserve it because we work very hard. “
Argentina almost qualified
Argentina has indeed taken a big step towards qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Still undefeated in these qualifiers (8 wins, 4 losses), the Albiceleste takes 12 points ahead of its evening opponent. Argentina will even be officially qualified in case of success against Brazil on Tuesday night, if Colombia, Chile or Uruguay do not win.
And Messi in all of this? After a week of controversy over his presence in South America, the No. 30 of PSG, diminished in recent days by physical concerns (thigh, knee), was therefore only able to play the last 15 minutes, with a limited impact . It remains to be seen whether he will be able to hold the upcoming clash against Brazil.
– Alejandro Figueredo (@ afigue2010) November 13, 2021