Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Road to the 3rd World Cup : Argentina 2 - Greece 0
It wasn't easy. Nobody thought it would be. Greece did what everybody expected and they did it really well.
Just defend. Papastathopoulos (what a long last name!) followed Messi everywhere, there are rumours that he's still following him to the hotel. :)
Argentina's best skill this time was patience. They moved the ball around as much as needed to find spaces and was lucky to punch in the right moment when Greece started to look tired.
And the second goal came through Martin Palermo, a 36 years old guy most people probably barely knows, but he's a legend in Argentina. He became Boca Juniors's historical top scorer this year with 220+ goals and he's known for overcoming many problems, like 2 very serious knee injuries. Playing for Spain's Villarreal a small wall fell on his leg, breaking it.
He has scored in any way you can imagine, from anywhere in the field and with any part of his body.
Evelen years ago playing a Copa America for Argentina he missed 3 penalty kicks in the same game(this is probably world wide known) !
A few months ago Maradona called him to the NT as a price for his career, and payed scoring the 2-1 goal in the last second of a qualifiers game against Peru that almost secured Argentina's place in this world cup.
With that, he won his place in the squad, and today he has made history again, becoming the oldest debuting player to score in a World Cup.
Next Sunday a new story begins, vs Mexico like in 2006.
It should be a much open game, because Mexico's defense is not good and they usually play more offensive. Argentina should have much more space to play, but i will write about this in the next few days.
Three wins...4 to go ?