The Argentine Under 20 continues its formation and is already entering the final phase of its debut in the World Cup, this Saturday in Santiago del Estero in Uzbekistan. On Monday afternoon, the team led by Javier Mascherano won their second and last friendly: it was a 2-1 victory against Japan with a goal from Matías Soulé and a great goal from Valentín Barco.
He was the latest to join the delegation preparing at Lionel Andrés Messi’s property in Ezeiza, Soulé. Last Thursday he was sitting on the Juventus bench in the semi-final against Sevilla. He didn’t enter and after the game he got on the plane to complete Masche’s 21-man squad.
He arrived, trained and was already a starter in this second match played in the AFA bunker. Argentina had already beaten the Dominican Republic 4-0 on Thursday. And now he’s won again, albeit with a little more effort.
Soulé opened the bill for the locals, who once again donned the alternate jersey. But the equality of the Japanese was not long in coming. So they went to halftime. The difference was made by Valentín Barco, Boca’s right-back, in the net with a very nice goal: he received in three quarters of the pitch, dribbled past two rivals and hit a cross bomb.
The Selection formed by: Gomes Gerth; Agustín Giay, Lautaro Di Lollo, Valentín Gómez, Valentín Barco; Ignacio Miramón, Máximo Perrone, Valentín Carboni; Brian Aguirre; Alejo Veliz and Matías Soulé.
So it’s time for changes to test the variants and give everyone a hard time. Mateo Tanlongo entered for Miramón, Lucas Lavagnino for Gómes Gerth, Tomás Avilés for Giay, Ignacio Maestro Puch for Veliz, Juan Gauto for Aguirre, Federico Redondo for Perrone, Luka Romero for Soulé and Gino Infantino for Carboni.
The national team will continue training at the Ezeiza during the week. Next Thursday he will leave for Santiago del Estero waiting for the first of group A completed by Guatemala and New Zealand.
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