ARGENTINA. He beat Bolivia 4 to 1 (Photo: Argentina)
The Argentine national team He returned to the concentration at the AFA property in Ezeiza after the win over Bolivia (4-1) in Cuiabá that assured him the first place in group A of the America Cup. In the afternoon started working for Saturday’s game against Ecuador for the quarterfinals.
After the match played at the Arena Pantanal stadium, the squad had dinner at the Gran Odara hotel, in Cuiabá, with the celebration of Nicolás Domínguez’s birthday (23 years old) included, and around 1.30 he boarded the charter that landed after 5 at the airport. Ezeiza International.
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The footballers had the morning off to rest and just in the afternoon shift they did a regenerative training in the gym for all those who were active on Monday, while the others jogged around the field of play number 2 of the property.
Prior to the evening practice, at lunch there was another celebration, in this case because midfielder Leandro Paredes turned 27.
These would be the last days of concentration in Buenos Aires, since Argentina will travel to Goiania on Friday and if on Saturday it surpasses Ecuador it would stay in Brazil waiting for the semifinal crossing scheduled for Tuesday 6 in Brasilia.
On May 26, it was one month since the health bubble organized by the team of the selected team to face the two South American Qualifying matches (Chile and Colombia) and the Copa América.
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For the game on Saturday at 22 (Argentine time) against Ecuador, coach Lionel Scaloni has a the entire campus available, since as he explained, the absence of defender Cristian Romero even from the substitute bench against Bolivia “not to worry”.
And so, with the entry of forward Julián Álvarez during the second half of the game against Bolivia, there are no more outfield players without minutes in the national squad in this Copa América.
The only ones who still did not have minutes in the contest were the archers Juan Musso and Agustín Marchesín, although the latter was able to play a few minutes in the previous qualifying match against Colombia as a result of an injury suffered by Emiliano Martínez.
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Captain Lionel Messi, who became the player with the most games played (148) in the national team, is the only one who played every minute of the national team in the tournament.
He is followed precisely by goalkeeper Martínez, who on Monday rested and gave the position to Franco Armani, and the midfielder Guido Rodríguez closes that “podium”.
Who will play against Ecuador? It is not confirmed, but the returns of Martínez, Molina Lucero, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, Paredes, Lo Celso, Lautaro Martínez and Nico González are expected. We will have to wait for the next few days for the Scaloni team to materialize.