Thanks to goals from Gonzalez and Martinez, Argentina won an important victory on the lawn of Peru (2-0).
Goals from Nicolas Gonzalez, 22, and Lautaro Martinez, 23, enabled Argentina to win 2-0 in Lima on Tuesday, keeping pace with Brazil, who continued their lack of- fault in Uruguay (2-0). Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni seeks, gropes, innovates, to build an Argentinian attack around his playing master, Leo Messi. And for these qualifications, he relies on the form of the moment of his players available.
Tuesday against Peru, he added to his FC Barcelona star two points in attack. Alongside the now unavoidable Lautaro Martinez, holder for a fourth time, the neophyte coach established left-hander Nicolas Gonzalez, already a scorer in the previous match against Paraguay (1-1) but then positioned in attacking midfielder.
Ocampos and Di Maria on the bench
This new attacking duo relegated to the bench Lucas Ocampos, who once again disappointed, and Angel Di Maria, who had hardly shone when he came into play last week. Quite the opposite of Giovani Lo Celso, who saw his agreement with Messi rewarded with a starting place.
And Scaloni’s choices paid off at the outset with a very good job from Lo Celso who accelerated on the left wing then put back in the box to Gonzalez lonely. With a control oriented on his left foot and a powerful cross shot, the Stuttgart striker opened the scoring (1-0, 16th).
Lionel Messi still discreet
Faced with a Peru full of energy but rough, Lautaro Martinez in turn justified the confidence placed in him. Thrown in the back of the defense by Leandro Paredes, he dribbled the keeper to double the bet. His second goal in these qualifications, his 11th in 20 caps.
Two actions, two goals, and all without the help of a discreet Messi who could only try to cut the course of a ball at the angle of six meters (38th). Argentina had done the hardest at the break. Upon returning from the locker room, Messi tried to participate in the party, but to seek too much the penalty (61st) and by placing his ball close to the post after a solitary raid of which he has the secret (76th) , he failed to score his 72nd selection goal.