Make way for Argentina!

In a stadium converted into La Bombonera, in front of an euphoric, relieved, numerous, albiceleste grandstand, Argentina got into the round of 16 of the World Cup -will face Australia- and put Lewandowski’s Poland against the ropeswho is still alive by a miracle – he will face France – after a game that saw the Argentines grow beyond Messi, beyond the leader who saved them so many times.

It was Mac Allister and Julián Álvarez, two twenty-somethings who had just joined the team, two blinding rays of light, who finally crystallized a round game for Argentina. A lot happened during the match and almost everything was in the field of Poland. The Scaloni team permanently installed their base camp there, far from their goal, a settlement that in any case took time to produce the desired effect. Among a forest of Polish legs, Messi was the heart of a continuous, incessant attack.

Argentina had patience, something they had not been living with before being champion of the Americas a year ago. Something change. Enzo gave him fluidity, De Paul maintained his anarchy throughout the season and Di María opened the field as much as he could. There was a plan that went through naturalness, through survival.

It was a dominating Argentina, an Argentina that stepped on the area more than other times, although always with a Polish defender scaring away the flies. Acuña was able to score, as well as Julián Álvarez -the big surprise in the eleven-, but the clearest option was a penalty that the VAR and the clamor of the Argentine fans became a reality.

Szczesny, in his landing in search of an aerial ball, hit Messi in the face with his glove while the ball went harmlessly over the end line. A VAR penalty, one of those that was never called before and now reproduces like a plague. A challenge to football that one day was and will never be again.

In any case, that Polish giant named Szczesny stopped Messi’s shot, crestfallen in this fate too often. There is no possible explanation for someone with such a high efficiency ratio in shots in play having it so low in penalties.

no opposition

By then Poland lived on one planet and Lewandowski on another, two antagonistic realities of the same party: the comrades were dedicated to defending and he was watching them from afar. Few balls reached him and the ones he controlled were in such a huge estate and with no one around that he ended up desperate.

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Without haste, without falling into its usual agony, Argentina became the absolute owner of the game and the pass to the round of 16. The details mark the connected teams, the living ones. The Albiceleste is. The minute in which he opened the can, as soon as he left the locker room at half-time, reflects that he already exhausted the forgetfulness in his debut against Arabia. Di María combined with Nahuel Molina on the right and the center of the mattress was finished off by Mac Allister on goal. The worst definition usually means the goal, you know

Scaloni, who has Europeanized his model, took advantage of the goal to tame the game from the midfielders. He removed Di María and brought in Paredes, and with that the control of the ball was almost abusive. Messi was a fifth pivot in the midfield, a support on which to turn an elaborate game that soon found its reward. Julián Álvarez, smarter than anyone in the area, scrambled to score the goal that made good the suffering of the first days of the World Cup, the one that gave meaning to Argentina in the form of qualifying as leaders.

The storm passed, the waters calmed, the situation recovered and the Albiceleste is now among the best, a place that many came to see as impossible and that with Messi, even without him, has been able to reach a team that was born again in Qatar. Argentina did not leave. Argentina is already here. Argentina wants the World Cup.

Changes

J. Kaminski (45′, P. Frankowski), M. Skóraś (45′, K. Świderski), L. Walls (58′, Á. Di María), N. Tagliafico (58′, M. Acuna), Mr. Szymanski (61′, K. Bielik), A. Jędrzejczyk (71′, B. Bereszynski), Lautaro Martinez (78′, J. Álvarez), G. Pezzella (78′, E. Fernandez), K. Piatek (82′, G. Krychowiak), T. Almada (83′, A. Mac Allister)

goals

0-1, 45′: Alexis MacAllister0-2, 66′: Julian Alvarez

cards

Referee: Danny Makkelie
VAR referee: Pol van Boekel, Bastian Dankert
Marcos Acuna (48′,Yellow) krychowiak (77′,Yellow)

Classification

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43111
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Group CPTP.J.PGPEPP
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63two01
two

43111
3

43111
4

3310two

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