Victorious over Ecuador last week (1-0), Argentina managed to confirm this Tuesday against Bolivia. On the heights of La Paz and despite an unfavorable start to the match, the Albiceleste managed to win. For once it is not Lionel Messi who has donned the hero costume for the double world champions, but the young Joaquin Correa, author of the winning goal.
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Ten minutes from the end of the game, and after a good job from Lautaro Martinez, the Lazio striker offered the three points to his team by placing an unstoppable cross shot. He could not gloat immediately, since the referee used the VAR for a long time but in the end the achievement was validated. A success assured with forceps, but which could count at the end of the playoffs.
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Lautaro Martínez, that empezó la jugada, terminó empujando luego to insist hasta el final. Olfato de goleador para el empate.
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Lautaro Martinez in all the right places
Before Argentina forced the decision, Bolivia had shown an honorable face and was close to a mini-feat. La Verde was even ahead of the score thanks to his experienced striker Marcelo Martins. The latter shook the nets with a header in the 24th. The advance of the premises remained appropriate until the 45th minute. Lautaro Martinez revived the visitors by showing opportunism on an opposing clearance. By just placing his foot in opposition, he surprised the keeper and secured the equalizer. To the delight of his coach Lionel Scaloni, who rushed from the bench to congratulate the interior striker.
In the second half, Martinez came close to securing the brace but his 75th-minute opportunity was wiped out by the Bolivian goalkeeper. Failing to put a second, he therefore delivered this decisive pass for Correa to allow Argentina to validate their first success at La Paz in fifteen years. With this success, Messi and his band also secure 1st place in the standings of this South American mini-championship, pending the exit of Brazil against Peru on Wednesday.