U17: Argentina outclassed by Mexico

U17: Argentina outclassed by Mexico

Mexico outplayed Argentina in their opening match 2 – 0.


A goal in each half has given Mexico a perfect start to their FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign as El Tri secured a deserved win over Argentina in Chillan. Kevin Magana got Mexico rolling after ten minutes, and a penalty from Francisco Venegas with 13 minutes remaining made the contest safe.

The match was a high-intensity affair from the outset, befitting of a tough Group C which also includes Germany and Australia. Argentina could have taken an early lead following a marvellous run from Tomas Conechny which ultimately came to nothing.

But it was Mexico who looked more dangerous, dominating periods of possession with a slick one-two passing game. El Tri were soon rewarded as Claudio Zamudio teed up Kevin Magana who cut in from the left and took advantage of the space left by the defenders to fire home from the centre of the penalty area.

Argentina often used the counter-attack as an outlet, with Conechny their more dangerous option, most notably with a low header on the stroke of half-time.

The match proved to be more balanced after the interval though Magana could have extended the advantage only to be denied by Marcos Peano in the Argentina goal. The Albiceleste missed a golden opportunity to draw level but Matias Roskopf fired wide from near the penalty spot. Mexico took full toll soon after as Eduardo Aguirre was brought down by Peano and Venegas duly converted.

Argentina had another great chance to get on the scoresheet but Pablo Ruiz was unable to finish a fine counter-attack to sum up a poor day in front of goal for the South Americans. Mexico next meet Australia on Wednesday afternoon, while Argentina will tackle Germany later in the evening.

“It was a balanced game and the pace of the game was spectacular. They claimed their chances and we didn’t, and when this happens you don’t win. But I’m very happy about the performance, the effort and the attitude of my players and told them that if we continue creating chances, the goals will come.”

Miguel Lemme, Argentina coach

“It was a complicated match and always at the beginning of a tournament like this you have doubts about what’s going to happen. The team was good tactically speaking and with the quick passes and combinations we could create spaces between lines and the goals came. This win gives us confidence to go ahead.” Mario Arteaga, Mexico coach

Source : Fifa