Sunday, July 08, 2007

Argentina-Peru: Match Coverage


All the pressure on Argentina now.

Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico scored 16 total goals in their quarter-final matches and are now waiting for the last semifinalist.

Peru without Jefferson FARFAN will play with a 3-5-2 formation and I imagine that two of those five midfielders will help A LOT in defense.

With Diego MILITO in for CRESPO, Argentina will look to continue with their winning form and keep their dream of winning their first major title since 1993 (Copa America Ecuador).

We'll follow the match here and through the comments' box.

VAMOS ARGENTINA!

2nd minute - ACASIETE fouls Diego MILITO near the box and earns the first yellow card. RIQUELME takes the free-kick and sends the ball over the bar.
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3rd minute - HEINZE with a shocker! He steps on the ball. It goes backwards and GUERRERO accepts the present, takes the shot well over the bar.
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14th minute - RIQUELME running (yeah! running!) on the left, takes a shot from a tight angle and the keeper saves.
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17th minute - MESSI with a Maradonesque slalom, shots, ACASIETE deflects and the ball goes over the keeper only to hit the post.
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19th minute - MESSI looking closer and closer to score. Tries with the right and VILLAMARÍN saves with his chest (when the keeper was beaten).
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20th minute - ROMAN sends the ball to the box and AYALA goes very close from heading it. PIZARRO, an expert in the other side of the field, shows his talent in his own box and saves Peru in a very complicated situation.
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35th minute - Argentina not attacking like 15 minutes ago. AYALA has a yellow for a foul on GUERRERO and risked the second one.

Half-time whistle

Argentina looked to be more dangerous, but only for a very short period of the game. The defense looks far from being secure and the midfield is very slow at times. The ball is not getting very clean to our front men.

Best player so far: ZANETTI and MESSI, with Pulga being a little bit ahead of Pupi in the man of the match race.

Second half underway.

TEVEZ in for Diego MILITO.

46th minute - TEVEZ combines well with RIQUELME, a fortunate rebound and ROMAN is faced with only the keeper to beat. AND HE DOES! Superb shot with his left. Argentina 1-0 Peru.
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51st minute - ZANETTI runs upfield for 40 metres before he sends a cross for TEVEZ. Carlitos with great effort heads it and sends it straight to the bar. Sooooo close!
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61st minute - ROMAN with one of those passes we will remember forever. MESSI comes in at full speed and finishes between the keeper legs. Sensational goal. First Copa America goal for MESSI. Argentina 2-0 Peru.
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74th minute - Lovely one-two between TEVEZ and MESSI on the left. Then TEVEZ gets inside the box and sends a lovely pass for MESSI. He shots, BUTRON saves but the ball felt to MASCHERANO and Javier scores his second consecutive goal and celebrates by sucking his thumb! We're loving it, baby! Argentina 3-0 Peru.
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85th minute - PATO is complicated by a high ball but manages to clear after getting outside the box. TEVEZ is at the other side of that delivery and sends a great unselfish pass to ROMAN, who cooly finishes to make it Argentina 4-0 Peru.
Is RIQUELME's fourth goal in the competition (second tonight).

FULL TIME WHISTLE is blown.

Argentina advance to the semifinal where we will face Mexico.

A great performance in the second half. Match report and players' rating will come soon to Mundo Albiceleste!

Thanks for the company throughout the game and hope those that are just waking up in their part of their world will enjoy this match thread and all the comments.

154 comments:

Seba said...

To watch the game online:

http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/

Seba said...

Hard foul on Diego MILITO. Here comes RIQUELME to take a free-kick from 25 yards (or there abouts! ha!)

Rio said...

FUCK

Rio said...

heart attack

johnny said...

Wake up Heinze !

Rio said...

heinze grew a beard in a week?

Rio said...

look at the tractor go

Seba said...

Rio...how do you analyze the formations so far? Tactics and all that.

I see a Peru side pressuring really upfield. Which I think it's good for us because if we can break that first line, then more spaces will be available for us to explode.

johnny said...

Nice shot by Pizarro !

Rio said...

score coming up guys

Rio said...

fuck, i so saw that coming. didnt work out

Seba said...

Hey...Johnny...I'm guessing you don't like Peru's shirt at all!

What are my chances of being right?

Oh for fuck sake ref! That was a clear foul on Diego MILITO!

johnny said...

Cambiasso and Pupi playing well.

Rio said...

peru playing 3-5-2, like mexican. with stagged midfield so 1 CAM

johnny said...

Yeah Seba, they do look like pollos feos !

Rio said...

i should say mexico usually... mexico today changed into a 3-4-3 or 4-4-2 wing back staying up

Rio said...

OMG FUCKING HIT THE POST

johnny said...

Ouch ! Great effort by Pulga !

Seba said...

MESSI. Please live forever!

johnny said...

Only a matter of time. I do admire Peru for actually PLAYING.

Rio said...

come on! we need a goal so we can force their wingbacks to push, then we can play wings and kill them.

linda said...

My stream isn't working so I'm relying on you guys to tell me what's going on.

Ah, frustrating.

johnny said...

Linda-it's an avalanche of Argentina offense now, but no goals !

johnny said...

Another near miss !

Seba said...

Linda, you've got four options in that website I posted earlier:

http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/

Try try...keep trying!

johnny said...

Has Zanetti ever played better ?!

johnny said...

Nice idea by Cambiasso, a little tall with the pass for Milito.

Rio said...

if manU end up selling heinze, AF dropped glasses big time

Seba said...

Ask the Inter fans!

Or try and get a video of Argentina v England in France 98.

PUPI scored that night!

johnny said...

I get the impression Veron is having a tough time figuring out his role. Ah, for Maxi !

Rio said...

peru isn't coming out. totally chicken shit

Anonymous said...

what channel is it on livesoccer?

Rio said...

see? 3 ppl

johnny said...

Right, they have dropped back. Well, you can't blame them !

Rio said...

that's what they're doing. trying to lure peru out so we can get through their defense. that's alot of ppl on defense if they only sent 3 attackers out on their possessions.

Rio said...

messi just said puto on camera

johnny said...

Not Messi !

Seba said...

AYALA risking a red card now. If I was COCO I replace him by half-time.

Anonymous: try this website: http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/

Rio said...

you ever listen to carlito and mascher on interviews? those guys curse every sentence lol. it'd be odd if messi doesn't get some positive reinforcement from them through this tourney.

Rio said...

cant replace ayala, he's the defensive leader

Rio said...

fuck! mascher hurt

Seba said...

You can't replace him, but it's better to have him in the semifinals, isn't it?

Now MASCHE injured...oh no!

Anonymous said...

or u can also try this link:

http://www.univision.com/contentroot/uol/30deportes/content/jhtml/copa_america/NOMETA_partidosEnVivo.jhtml

johnny said...

Oh no ! Well, at least he's walking !

Seba said...

We have to SCORE NOW!

Before the end of first half.

johnny said...

He's back.

Rio said...

in mascher we trust!

johnny said...

Right ! Not good that Peru weathered that onslaught.

Rio said...

let's get a goal b4 the half time
mudo.

johnny said...

Veron looks like the last man chosen in a pick up basketball game. Get animated !

linda said...

Well, I kind of have a working stream now, except it keeps stalling and has no sound.

I really hope Masche is okay. Gago is nowhere near ready to take his place.

Rio said...

the slowness of milito just cost us another goal

johnny said...

Masche is OK

Seba said...

I think we are playing the worst 20 minutes of our Copa America (from the 20th minute).

Still...it doesn't seem that it'll take TOO much to do something to score.

Seba said...

I'll say it now: I DON'T LIKE HEINZE AT ALL!

There...I said it.

johnny said...

Ha Ha ! The beast returns !

linda said...

Sadly, I have to agree with Seba that we're not playing all that well.

The lack of urgency displayed by our players is getting to be a bit worrying.

That said, at least the defence is dealing well.

johnny said...

Aimar for Veron and/or Tevez for Milito. Pupi is playing HIS position AND Veron's !

Anonymous said...

So far my friends predictions seem to be coming true, he told me that they will be playing for a 0-0 draw and go for PK's. I am waiting for Tevez to come in, I have a gut feeling that he will score in this game. Lets pick up the game!!!!!!

,Jack

Me Gusta El Futbol said...

QUE ENTRE AIMAR!!

AIMAR!!!

AIMAR Y TEVEZ por Messi y Cambiasso o Veron.


AIIIMMMAAARRRRR cARAJO

Rio said...

the way veron is playing... drop messi to right outside and put tevez on imo.

Rio said...

2 dribblers to get the ball into box for milito is better than having a passer that's not doing crap.

if messi gets too tired in second half then put aimar on as a closer. right now, let's get a goal ffs.

johnny said...

Good thought Rio.

Seba said...

Linda..this time I disagree (about defense).

I don't think we are doing well. AYALA could have been very well sent off and HEINZE is a nightmare (for us).

We are only not conceeding because Peru is not attacking.

That's the way I see it.

Rio said...

the other scenario is peru getting a redcard and then it'll open up. cuz they're not going to come out of their turtle shell themselves.

linda said...

I think we dealt well with Peru's high balls, but you're right, I'm very worried about Ayala. It's not like he can be substituted.

johnny said...

I don't think we played that poorly outside of Veron. If we had scored on one or two of those chances, we would not be moaning so much now. BUT, we didn't, so the complexion of the game changes.

Rio said...

defense is ok. they have to push up to provide rear support for the offense. heinze cleared out 2 dangerous peruvian counters. he's at least doing better than milito, who's fucking doing nothing! there are 3 attackers, we should of let zanetti run lose and just ayala milito + heinze to deal with them. mascher should stay home to give zanetti complete offensive freedom.

Rio said...

LOL

Rio said...

tevez coming on

Seba said...

TEVEZ coming in!

Replacing Diego MILITO?

Rio said...

and veron out haha

Rio said...

hmm, milito

Seba said...

Confirmed. TEVEZ in for Diego MILITO.

Rio said...

aimar for veron coming up then, bah. why take out the target person.

Seba said...

ROMANAZOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rio said...

no matter, peru dead

johnny said...

ROMAN !

johnny said...

Left footed magic !

Rio said...

that's the shit roman does in boca. at a SS position strike from distance

Rio said...

and was tevez's setup

Rio said...

now watch peru wingers push, and we infiltrate their corners.

Seba said...

What a great goal!

Now is not the time to sit back and defend. I trust COCO won't let them do that and will ask them to keep going for it.

That's what we need to do.

Now Peru in attack and a dubious offside flag is up when a Peruvian was facing ABBONDANZIERI face to face.

Rio said...

i just love how the old tractor makes these runs

Seba said...

THE TRACTOR IS UNSTOPPABLE!

TEVEZ hits the bar with a header!

johnny said...

Palo ! No luck for Messi !

Rio said...

no seba. now is time to put another in and seal it. no pressure, we can do it easily.

johnny said...

Oh Tevez !:)

linda said...

Oh Roman. Perfect time to score, and now we can play a settled game while looking for the next goal.

johnny said...

Is it raining a little ?

Rio said...

it's such a good feeling after having your heart hang up for 45 minutes and then boom, it drops :D

Rio said...

3-4-3 peru

Seba said...

GUERRERO injured. GARCIA replaces him.

Bad news for Peru.

Seba said...

Nope Johnny...is not raining here in Rio! hahaha!

Seriously? It is raining since the start of the game!

But very slightly...

Rio said...

see? heinze got his shit togather man. milito is the one that's doing nothing all the time

Rio said...

lol, that was cheap

Seba said...

I wonder what ROBINHO can do to that defense of ours....

MILITO tries to clear and hits HEINZE with the ball...then Peru almost scored...

Rio said...

that time peru send 7 players

Rio said...

OMG

Rio said...

SCIENTIFIC GOAL!

johnny said...

Roman to Messi GOAL !

Seba said...

OH MY GOD!

FOOTBALL-ORGASMO!!!

Rio said...

MAGNIFICO!

Rio said...

roman came from another world!

Rio said...

4-3-3, 2 wingbacks

johnny said...

Hey, I,ve been watching that all year !

Seba said...

You see? HEINZE has trouble with the fundamentals. The basic.

How can I trust a player like that?

Seba said...

And again...

Rio said...

put on palacio rest messi?

Seba said...

Sorry...it was the other Gabriel (MILITO)

linda said...

Johnny: me too! Although the Barca 4-3-3 is a bit of a weird one (meaning that there's only about 2 players defending at any one time).

Messi's finally got his goal. See what our offense can do when they actually wake up? :D

linda said...

And Rio, I think Messi will come off in a bit, because he does need rest and Basile knows that. Palacio? Probably, and I was a lot more impressed with him against Paraguay than most of you guys were.

Rio said...

he cleared the ball out never the less :D as long as he gets the job done man, doesnt have to be pretty.

heinze is probably not on the bright side of IQ/EQ scales. he's never really dead on at positioning. but he defend the box well. we need ppl like that, so he's in.

Seba said...

GAGO in for VERON

Rio said...

this is the formation we'll play against brazil.

Rio said...

key is to test the offensive capability of this setup

linda said...

Defensive substitution? Come on, Coco, you're better than that. Veron probably did need to come off, though.

As for Heinze, I think the problem is: if not him, who are you going to play that's obviously better? If we could clone Zanetti our problem would be solved, but that's not an option right now.

Seba said...

I like him better as a CB. But he doesn't think before he goes for a diving tackle and all of a sudden WHATTTTTTTTTTT!

MASCHE AGAIN?????

Rio said...

job well done

johnny said...

Mascheradona strikes again !

Rio said...

the way tevez and messi piled on the left was driven by riquelme's move to the center. planned play right there.

Rio said...

this is virtually the same strike as the one they did against paraguay, just faster. the 2 dm are neutral in 4-2-3-1, surprise elements.

johnny said...

Heinze is an unorthodox player but I like him because he is a mean little fuck.

Rio said...

pay attention to the formation they playing. this thing is one of our primary formations, but not used very often.

Seba said...

Now the match is taylor-made for MESSI's lightning runs...

But I wouldn't mind him being replaced to avoid any unnecesary contact with the River Pla...sorry...the Peru defenders.

Seba said...

Hey...is it "tailor-made" or "taylor-made"?

Back to "the book is on the table" level!

linda said...

Rio: so what do you think of using Tevez as the point man in 4-2-3-1? And is Messi suited to the outside midfielder position? (He does defend, but he's not that great at it.)

johnny said...

Cambiasso is going to need a good masseuse.

Seba said...

AIMAR in for CAMBIASSO

johnny said...

Tailor made unless it is tailored by a guy named Taylor.:)

Seba said...

All the "troublemakers" playing together!

That's the way we like it, COCO!

Seba said...

Johnny...you're killing me! hahahaha!

Rio said...

4-2-3-1 is definitely one of the more advanced formations right now. it's so much more reliable defensively, and the wing space utilization is great. france killed brazil with it in the world cup. they weren't able to score more than 1 goal largely because their offensive half wasn't as good as us. if we play brazil i say 60% chance basile will start this thing. milito is too slow for the point man, crespo would of been perfect. but now if we play this we should go with tevez. and cambiasso + messi outside midfielders would balance it out pretty nicely.

both gago and mascherano can transform into offensive elements. but against brazil we should let them stay home

Rio said...

there u see how that run was produced by tevez. if milito was in his place i bet he wouldn't be able to do it.

johnny said...

This is a LOVEFEST now !

Seba said...

PATO the butterfly hunter builds up a killer counter-attack!

Nice pass by TEVEZ and great finish by ROMAN.

4-0!

Rio said...

i want a picture of that shot for my blog. if you guys see that, they hugging, could u sent me?

johnny said...

"Butterfly Hunter"-very nice !

linda said...

Rio: Much as I love him, I'm always surprised to see Diego Milito running. (And people say that about Roman...) So you're right.

Roman!

We want more!

Seba said...

Johnny...it is the literal translation for CAZADOR DE MARIPOSAS. Use it for when a keeper tries to catch a high ball and only grabs thin air!

Rio said...

gg, peru pwned

Seba said...

Full time

4-0

Bring on the sombrero boys!

Anonymous said...

Now why couldn't they play like this in the first half? Oh thats right Milito was playing in the first half.

,Jack

linda said...

Alright! Good job in the second half for our boys.

Now onto the first on-form, solidly organised opponent with a bit of offensive bite. Hopefully our players will get a good rest in before hand.

johnny said...

They did play like that at times in the first half, they just didn't score.:)

linda said...

While we're here: opinions on Veron's performance (independent of what you may think of him), anyone? Should he start against Mexico?

Anonymous said...

Can not wait till the Mexico-Argentina game. If I could pick one team and fans I hate more than anything it has to be the Mexicans. Just everything about how they play and how their fans think they have any shot of winning a world cup it just gets under my skin.But a solid game, I just wanted Carlitos to score a goal, he did a lot of work.

johnny said...

As for Veron, I think he is trying to remodel his game to fit in. It's not as though he's making alot of mistakes, he just looks uncomfortable. Plus, I think his marking skills are not what you want from that position. Overall, he is not adding a whole lot.

Rio said...

next game should start with 4-3-1-2 and attempt to do the samething. then final start 4-2-3-1 and drop veron.

Roy said...

Second half... DAMN! Honestly, why hasn't Tevez started yet? Milito has gotten a few chances and nothing. Tevez is on there for 10 seconds and already the team starts playing better and the goals come in.

Riquelme is playing amazing right now. Thats the way he SHOULD be playing. Hopefully it's not just a one game stint. Cambiasso had a better match then before, but thats not saying much. Veron looks lost out there. Mascherano... I don't know what to say.

alwin said...

Thanks all for the threads. I enjoyed it. I only caught the first half at home and managed to catch ROMAN's first goal as i had to leave to reach on time for a meeting. Would appreciate if anyone could post some links for the highlights. Thanks again and now Bring On Mexico.

I have to agree with you johnny, i have to say that VERON is findding difficulty gelling into this team and he looks very uncomfortable. I guess his blend of football is not suited for this setup by BASILE.

Cheers,
Alwin

Seba said...

Goals:

RIQUELME 1-0 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hr4p_argentina-vs-peru-10-tvtuga

MESSI 2-0
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hr70_argentina-vs-peru-20-tvtuga

MASCHE 3-0
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hr9r_argentina-vs-peru-30-tvtuga

RIQUELME 4-0
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hrbf_argentina-vs-peru-40-tvtuga

Can't post them now, but have a look at those links.

johnny said...

My Boca buddy just emailed me that the 4th goal was a Boca family reunion-Pato to Carlitos to Roman ! Ha Ha ! It will be interesting to see if Coco goes Carlitos to start against Mexico. We give up height, but very dangerous.

alwin said...

Thanks Seba