Argentina 4 – 2 Colombia
A brilliant Riquelme paves the way to the second round for Argentina.
Argentina again goes down early, only to come back and win by a large margin, although this time they were pressured to the very end. It was an extremely physical game in a charged and festive atmosphire and early on there were signs this could be a classic, although things didn’t quite turn out that way. Colombia played with their heart and gave a valient effort with some inspired play by Viafara and Edixon Perea, but it was not to be and they will be going home regardless of what happens against the US. They’re going home because Argentina was lethal. Well, allow me to rephrase that, Riquelme was lethal.
Without Aimar (and I don’t know why they keep under appreciating him) the albiceletes again lacked style, flair and charisma. Their game only came through Riquelme. Veron and Cambiasso looked lifeless when it came to moving the ball forward. Messi brought some touches of class but didn’t accomplish anything. Crespo got a quickie and then left injured; Diego Milito worked really hard and got on the score sheets with a sloppy goal. For the most part Argentina was mediocre and yet they managed to get four in. Thats how strong they can be.
Even still, get Aimar in there.
For the love of the game he needs to play.
Juan Roman Riquelme. M, Argentina.
He controlled the little game Argentina brought, scored twice and pretty much did anything he pleased out there including scoring on a header which is quite an oddity for him.
The Ugly Duckling
Juan Veron. M, Argentina.
Not a horrible game for Veron, but he will be remembed more for diving at the slightest form of contact (or blowing of the winds) than for anything else he did on the pitch. A player past his prime.