Argentina’s U20 team came from behind to beat Uruguay in an exciting South American U20 Championship final, which also saw La Albiceleste secure their spot at 2016’s Olympics in Rio.
Uruguay, playing on home turf in Montevideo, had the full force of the home crowd behind them and made the advantage count early on when attacking midfielder Gastón Pereiro opened the scoring.
River Plate striker Sebastián Driussi hit back for the Argentines in the 36th minute before Atleti’s Ángel Correa – who had emerged as one of the tournament’s most exciting prospects – completed the comeback nine minutes from time with a sublime solo goal.
The victory confirmed Argentina’s passage to the Olympic games in Rio days after they secured qualification for the 2015 U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Diego Simeone, whose son Giovanni Simeone bagged nine goals in as many games to finish as the tournament’s top scorer, took to Instagram to praise the youngster’s efforts.
“All the effort and hard work have their reward son. Enjoy it with your team”, the Atléti manager enthused.