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¡¡¡Ya llego el mundial!!!
Three years have passed since the Copa America and we are in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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Argentina are losers. Not much else I can say.
You have the best team to enter a Copa America in years and you again come up short.
You enter every tournament as one of the favorites and never win.
You haven’t won in 14 years and that drought will now be extended to at least 17 years – and that assumes they win the next World Cup!
Here is the Diario Ole corrected for accuracy.
And say goodbye to these players who you won’t see wearing the Albiceleste again: Abbondanzieri, Ayala, Zanetti, Veron, Crespo.
There is was.
Argentina choked when it was least expected. They crumbled, playing scared like little girls when faced with the yellow and blue. A pitiful game by Ayala, a Messi that did little to nothing, a Tevez that went unnoticed. All important factors in yet the latest Argentine failure.
Riquelme was the only one to play to what was expected of him. The player of the tournament without a doubt. He was denied by the post and again by an amazing save by Doni. But he can’t win it all the time by himself. And he definitely had an amazing supporting cast, but they didn’t get it done.
Lamenting a stupid own goal to go down 2-0.
Few expected Dunga to get the gold so early on, with an young and relatively unexperienced team. Contrast that to an experienced coach in Coco Basile and a team Argentina put together to win without excuses. Well, where is the excuse now? They never came close to winning this game.
It was Brazil’s from the beginning after a majestic play by Julio Baptista to put his up after just 3 minutes of play. It was the ideal start for a defensive Dunga, although its hard to call a coach defensive when his team knocked in 3 against Argentina. Maybe thats not entirely true, after all Brazil only scored two. A pathetic Ayala scored an own goal for the 2-0 to the dismay of the entire team. He played Baptista really soft in the first goal and then knocked in the second one for good measure. Wow… if it wasn’t for what Lugano did for Uruguay, you would be the number 1 candidate for a suicide watch.
Maicon played awesome, yet again, carving up the right side as if it were a Thanksgiving turkey. Elano left the first half injured but Brazil weren’t worried, they would go to the half up 2-0.
The second half didn’t go any better for Argentina. They continued to get bulldozed by the Brazilian defense who were very impressive today and Messi and his talents were nowhere to be found. Another historic final is presence to another historic collapse by Argentina. Winners know how to win. And Brazil is a winner.
Julio Baptista. M, Brazil.
Out of nowhere he came to score not only a beautiful goal, but one that defined the championship. Baptista returns to Real Madrid with his personal stock at a all time high and putting his team and his coach on top of South America, yet again.
The Ugly Duckling
Roberto Ayala. D, Argentina.
No surprises here. The captain crippled his team twice. A horrible game for El Raton in what is surely his last game with the national team. Perhaps that is the best news for Argentina.
- Maicon – why isn’t anybody else praising this guy? Better than Cafu in his prime.
- Julio Baptista, golazo
- “O Messi, where art thou?”
- Riquelme – still the only danger the team poses. two great shots on goal
- Doni – won’t have it from Argentina
- Ayala – stunk on both goals
- Juan Roman Riquelme
- Lionel Messi
- Because they are playing much better than anybody else
- Having the ability to bring Aimar off the bench
- Mascherano controlling the midfield
- Coco Basile > Dunga
- Maradona will be watching
There is no trophy that I know of for this achievement, but being the top goal scorer in any competitions is always the secondary objective of a striker (the first being winning it all!). It is a bit of a surprise to see Riquelme this high but he really has been the life of Argentina and their key player in Copa America. I think that if Crespo starts tomorrow then it will be unlikely to see Riquelme take the top goal scorer title from Brazil’s Robinho.
As you can see in the top goal scorers table Robinho has a one goal advantage over Riquelme and while Robinho still is Brazil’s main threat on attack, Juan Roman will be primarily looking for assists and not shots on goal, except for anything from a free kick. However if Riquelme can score one more goal than Robinho in the final, they will share the trophy. If he scores two goals more than Robinho, then its his for keeps. But I would expect that regardless of the outcome of the final, Brazil and Real Madrid forward Robinho will be the top goal scorer for Copa America Venezuela.
Of course, watch out for Nery Castillo who might come and ruin the party by knocking in a hat trick today! Actually I don’t even know if Nery is fit and will play but you never know…
SURPRISE! Hernan Crespo is back!
Previously ruled out for the tournament after an injury sustained while scoring a penalty kick, Hernan was now ruled physically fit to play the final against Brazil. This is great news for Argentina because neither Diego Milito nor Carlos Tevez successfully filled his shoes during his absence. Yes, both Carlos and Diego played well, but the goals didn’t flow like when Hernan was on the pitch.
What do you suppose Coco is telling Hernan here, “You’re my man, don’t let me down!”?
The grand finale!
Who will be the champion of the 2007 Copa America?
Brazil vs Argentina – Sunday 15 July 2007 5pm EDT on Univision and GolTV (not ESPN)
Estadio Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Brazil – 3.55
Argentina – 1.90
Tie – 3.40
Argentina are heavy favorites in Las Vegas.
What do you think?
Is Argentina a lock to raise the trophy?
Can Brazil and Robinho beat them, and thus continue the Argentine championship drought?
Goal? Golazo! Bravo Messi!
Almost as crazy as a girl jumping from down from the stands to give Messi a kiss.
Mexico’s defense crumbles against Riquelme and Messi.
Perhaps it wasn’t the great game everybody expected, but don’t blame Messi for not trying. The Barcelona striker played his best game of the tournament, and overshadowed another brilliant performance by Riquelme.
Each half had its own story.
The first 45 minutes were Mexico’s best. They played well, attacking often and with many players, having some good chances to score. Most notable was Andres Guardado’s horrible shot after a great play to get a wide open look at Abbondanzieri. The new Deportivo signing chose to shoot with his left foot when the angle called for a shot with the right and Andres missed what was to be the best opportunity for his country. It could have given Mexico the lead and changed the game but it would not happen. Argentina had some chances of their own but Tevez wasn’t sharp tonight.
It took a cheeky trick play out of a set piece to get Argentina on top. Riquelme lined up to take a free kick on goal but he instead took an indirect one, lobbing a picture perfect pass to the far post where Heinze came in with a karate chop kick to put in the 1-0. It was a perfect call since the Mexicans were out of position to defend Heinze who usually poses no threat in that position. With the momentum now clearly shifted to Argentina’s side, the teams went to the locker rooms for halftime.
When they emerged in the second half, Mexico was doomed. Hugo Sanchez subbed out a lifeless Cacho and his midfielder Torrado, and while benching Cacho was the right move, without Torrado their midfield collapsed. They looked like the Mexico in the Gold Cup final against the USA, confused and beaten. The defense was particularly horrible in the second half leaving wide open spaces everywhere. That was the perfect situation for Messi who’s dribbling thrives in those wide spaces. Thats how Argentina’s second goal came to play, a wide open Messi runs in and lobs the ball over a badly positioned Oswaldo Sanchez for a great goal, a golazo!
Messi after scoring a brilliant goal
From that point on it was all Argentina. Mexico resorted to give long balls to Nery Castillo who was very quiet all alone up front. He was very well defended by Heinze – who really had a sensational game – and Ayala. Even so he still managed to come close to scoring scraping the crossbar off a shot. The rest of the Mexicans did more fouling than playing and it was a cheap foul by the captain Rafa Marquez that gave Riquelme his fifth goal of the tournament off a penalty kick.
Argentina confirms their date with Brazil in the classic duel of South American titans.
Mexico and Uruguay will meet the day before as the teams that came close but not quite enough.
Lionel Messi. F, Argentina
Riquelme was great but Messi was better. Mexico’s defense had gaps and that is where Messi plays his best.
The Ugly Duckling
Rafael Marquez. D, Mexico
Extremely sloppy play from Messi’s teammate at Barcelona. Was slow and out of place a lot of the time and resorted to fouling including the penalty that sealed the game for Argentina.