Argentina began its journey within the Olympic Video games on the incorrect foot and, like Spain, with which it shares favoritism in Group C, was unable to efficiently resolve its Olympic debut after fall towards Australia, in a duel that he confronted with one much less man within the second half.
Three minutes earlier than the break Francisco Ortega he was despatched off for a double yellow card. By then he already had the rating towards.
He dominated the ball, nevertheless it was of no use to him. Australia was planted with a 4-4-2 urgent up and on the lookout for, and discovering, the counterattacks. It didn’t take lengthy for it to harm. Lengthy ball to the again of the Albiceleste protection in order that Joel king, left again, stunned from behind dashing the baseline and serving the ball to Lachlan Wales to end at pleasure on the far publish. 0-1 within the 14th minute.
Lachlan Wales’ purpose opened the scoring for Australia towards Argentina. (AP Picture / SIlvia Izquierdo)
Argentina tried to react and Carlos Fernando Valenzuela had one of the best probability after a minimize within the space, however the ball was taken out by the central Souttar simply earlier than he sneaks into purpose. Hazard that he didn’t recreate.
In the meantime, Australia continued warning the counterattack and was in a position to rating up to two occasions, however each performs have been canceled by a simply offside. What’s extra, Riley McGree he was about to rating one of many targets of the event at m.29 with a Chilean inside the realm, however Ledesma managed to save her in two halves. In fact, 1 / 4 of an hour later he could be the protagonist.
Ortega was despatched off for a double yellow in simply three minutes. The primary in a lateral foul and the second earlier than the service of the identical. The referee, the Serbian Srdan Jovanović, beforehand warned that he didn’t need to seize maintain, however McGree and the Argentine defender acquired hooked and the referee determined to ship justice with a yellow to every participant.
One other exhausting blow from Argentina, this on the sting of halftime, and he didn’t get well. The sport turned tense within the second half, with up to 5 cautions, in a rhythm that benefited Australia; the much less issues will occur with the ball, the higher.
And on this desperation and numerical benefit he additionally had alternatives to enhance the revenue earlier than, however Ledesma He took at m.47 a shot from Arzani hitting the left publish and already at m.70 a point-blank shot from Caleb Watts; thus demonstrating the nice reflexes that he has and that he wore in LaLiga Santander final season with the Cadiz.
Lastly, the ultimate 0-2 got here at m.80. Marco Tilio He went out onto the pitch and never 30 seconds later, on the primary ball he touched, he scored. Nice cross shot caught to the publish that served to certify the Australian victory that makes the primary day of Group C shut as the primary after the draw between Egypt and Spain (0-0).
Argentina: Ledesma, De La Fuente (Herrera, m.62), Pérez, Medina, Ortega; Vera, Colombatto (Belmonte, m.78); Valenzuela (Ponce, m.46), Mac Allister (Payero, m.78), Barco (de La Vega, m.82); Gaich.
Australia: Glover; Atkinson, Souttar, Deng, King; McGree (D’Agostino, m.79), Metcalfe, Genreau (Baccus, m.88); Wales (Watts, m.72), Duke and Arzani (Tilio, m.79).
Objectives: 0-1, min.14: Wales. 0-2, min 80: Tilio.
Referee: Srdan Jovanović (Serbia) despatched off Ortega (m.45 + 1 and m.45 + 3) for a double yellow and admonished Gaich (m.63), Medina (m.67) and Ponce (m.85) for a part of Argentina, whereas he admonished Duke (m.32), McGree (m.45 + 3), Atkinson (m.48), Metcalfe (m.50), Genreau (m.56), Souttar (m.86 ) and Watts (90 + 1) from Australia.
Incidents: Match of the lads’s soccer competitors of the Olympic Video games performed on the Sapporo Dome stadium. No viewers due to coronavirus restrictions.