Argentina 3 - 0 Boliva
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Funes Mori featured again in a very impressive Argentina side, but playing an advanced left-wing-back role as they blew out Bolivia 3-0.
Already qualified for the quarter-finals of Copa America, Argentina strode into an easy three-goal lead in this dead rubber against Bolivia, played in Seattle's Century Link Field.
Other interest for Evertonians included former transfer target Ever Banega playing in midfield, while Tottenham's Eric Lamela was credited for the first goal, deflected off the wall defending a free kick. Lavezzi scored the second with a close-range volley, then became provider for Cuesta to neatly deflect the third in just past the half-hour.
Funes Mori stuck resolutely to the left touchline in his wide role, and preferred to play the ball back most of the time, rather than advancing and risking lost possession.
But the raucous Seattlites wanted only one thing: to see Lionel Messi, who came out to start the second half to massive hoopla, having sat out the first half, replacing Higuian. The genius came very close to scoring with a superb free-kick on the hour mark as this degenerated into an exhibition match.
Most of the play in the second half was through the middle or down the right, leaving Funes Mori as a peripheral figure on the left, rarely getting a touch.
There were no more goals in a rather disappointing second half, with the crowd expecting a Messi hat-trick that never materialized, but Argentina, as a team, and as individual players, looked very, very good and remain favorites to win this competition.
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1 Posted 15/06/2016 at 07:18:12
As mentioned, he did generally just knock it back again or sideways rather than show off his silky wingers skills. Made a few runs hoping to get on the end of long diagonals but never really amounted to much.
Probably had to go for a run afterwards to get a bit of exercise, not tested at all!
Overall Argentina looking good, but I think Colombia's kick in the pants losing to Costa Rica after changing the whole team might make them wake up a bit (but I'm biased as I live there!) plus they dodged a bullet with the surprise elimination of Brazil, now facing Peru instead.
2 Posted 15/06/2016 at 08:18:50
3 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:22:44
4 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:52:10
5 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:15:03
So Argentine having Funes Mori as a left back is just playing the Italian way. I hope Koeman keeps that in mind for Everton next season, because Everton on many occasions were quite shocking at the back last season.
6 Posted 15/06/2016 at 14:17:57
7 Posted 15/06/2016 at 15:26:39
Steavey (5), he was hardly a full back, Argentina were so superior that he was so far advanced he couldn't be considered part of the back four (which was really a back 2 and at best back 3!) and I don't remember him actually doing anything defensively, but point taken, a good solid defence is essential, you start a building with the foundations.
8 Posted 15/06/2016 at 16:29:51
You're right about the solidity of the Italian defence. "Proper defending" as said by Martin Keown in commentary.
Italy play with three central defenders and wing backs. That allows you to play with two forwards. In my opinion, it is a system we will see adapted in the Premier League this season.
9 Posted 15/06/2016 at 16:34:56
10 Posted 15/06/2016 at 18:17:22
But yes, I liked the look of the Italian defence too, pretty solid, even though all the Italians I know don't rate their current team... no pleasing everybody is there?
11 Posted 15/06/2016 at 18:45:49
12 Posted 16/06/2016 at 06:30:37
I agree; I advocated a 4-3-3 all last season. I was just pointing out the system Italy play three central defenders, not a back four.
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