Argentina’s U20 side just about kept their World Cup hopes alive today as they managed their first win of the tournament, defeating Guinea 5-0 in their final Group A match in Jeju. In spite of defeats in their first two meetings in the tournament, the team still have a chance of advancing to the knockouts – but only if certain results go their way.
Goals from Marcelo Torres, Lautaro Martinez (x2), Federico Zaracho and Marcos Senesi gave Argentina a crucial boost in goal difference, increasing their chances of qualification as one of four “best third-placed” teams.
In order to qualify, however, Argentina need two of the following three results to occur:
- Zambia to avoid defeat against Costa Rica in Group C
- Honduras to avoid defeat against Vietnam in Group E
- USA to beat Saudi Arabia in Group F
Argentina would also be in a chance of qualification should Costa Rica beat Zambia, as Portugal would be denied a third-placed spot. Plus, any result other than a draw in Japan’s game against South Africa would provide a route to the last 16. All very complicated stuff.
Racing forward Lautaro Martinez certainly made his mark on the game, scoring twice to assert Argentina’s lead in the game. His first was a real gem, too:
Con dos goles de Lautaro Martínez y uno de Matías Zaracho, la Sub 20 goleó a Guinea por 5-0. pic.twitter.com/mQ8yJHKIbH
— La Academia (@LaAcade) May 26, 2017
The win means the Albiceleste finish the group in third place behind South Korea, while England’s victory over the hosts earlier in the day means they finish top.
Claudio Ubeda remained positive after the game, too, commenting on his players tough skinned nature:
“We will wait for for the results to see how we stand, we have to be optimistic. We already skin like a crocodile, we’re prepared to endure and move forward.”
Argentina will wait with baited breath until Sunday, when they will find out if they’ll be heading towards the last-16 or the first plane back to Buenos Aires.
Here’s the full highlights from today’s match: