Even though a defeat would have left the team on the ledge, The agonizing draw of the Argentine Sub 23 National Team against Paraguay left a bitter taste in the protagonistswho hoped to defeat Albirroja to direct their course in the Pre-Olympic.
Argentina achieved a draw on the hour against Paraguay. EFE
Javier Mascherano’s team practically depends on itself ahead of the match against Brazil next Sunday, but only a combination of results, including this Thursday’s match between Canarinha and Venezuela, will allow it to get a ticket for Paris 2024 by tying against to the current Olympic champion, so equality, beyond forms and times, did not satisfy the Argentine delegation.
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In fact, The Albiceleste has the possibility of remaining undefeated without qualifyingsince they did not lose in the entire tournament: they have accumulated two victories (Peru and Chile) and four draws (Paraguay twice, Uruguay and Venezuela), including their last three games.
By far it is the highest scoring team in the Pre-Olympic – they celebrated 16 times in 6 presentations, almost 3 per night – but they are also the most scored (they conceded 9 goals, practically 2 per match). Thiago Almada is their top scorer (5), but Luciano Gondou (3), Aaron Quirós (2), Santiago Castro, Baltasar Rodríguez, Francisco González, Pablo Solari, Federico Redondo (1) complete a list of very varied celebrations.
However, one of the great drawbacks of the Masche set, which does not finish capturing an idea on the playing field, is defensive fragility. The right flank, weakened from the start by the loss of Julián Malatini and then plagued by injuries, is a test match by match, while other casualties due to physical problems and suspensions (the suspended Valentín Barco and Gonzalo Luján, who were not available today, were They will return on Sunday) they did not let the coach keep a starting XI.
Leandro Brey, the team’s starting goalkeeper, a constant for the coach, did not provide security either, alternating good saves with blunders in rival goals. And what the team generates in the rival goal, he suffers in his own, sometimes being unbalanced in transitions and receiving a lot in the chances they generate, something that he does not finish configuring on offense.
Beating Brazil would mean a double prize: getting the Olympic quota and, in the process, eliminating the lifelong rival, who arrived in Venezuela with Endrick as his superstar. But a setback will not only leave Mascherano on the brink of the abyss (he himself acknowledged this Thursday that it could mean his departure), but will also constitute a new failure of this cycle at the youth team level.