Argentina v. Ecuador: LIVE
And we’re underway, live from the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.
Nicolás Burdisso, Martín Demichelis, Gabriel Heinze
Javier Zanetti, Juan Sebastián Verón, Javier Mascherano, Maximiliano Rodríguez
Juan Román Riquelme
Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero
7th: A missed opportunity following a great pass from Veron.
8th: A mistake in the Ecuador defense almost leads to a first goal from Messi. Argentina is looking good moving forward.
14th: My stream just came back. Damn you to hell, JumpTV.
16th: Two successive close trys for Argentina. At this rate a goal is close. Zanetti looks good.
17th: Maxi Rodriguez takes a fall, but no foul called. On the replay, it didn’t look like one.
20th: A shot from Colombia goes nowhere near Pato’s goal.
25th: Argentina will rue these chances if they can’t convert.
26th: The closest opportunity yet, and a near own-goal from Ecuador. Corner kick for ARG, but a man down for Ecuador.
27th: Roman takes the corner…but it leads to nothing.
30th: A half hour in and Argentina just can’t find the go-ahead goal.
33: Aguero comes dangerously close.
36th: A over-shot pass misses what would have given Messi space.
37th: Ecuador is coming alive with successive corners and more possession.
38th: Veron wastes a chance, booting it wide over the net. Seems to be the running theme for Argentina.
40th: This is killing me. Argentina can’t score, and apparently Pato can’t clear the ball. Why, Basile, why?!
41st: Messi is applauded by the home crowd, and deservedly. A great game so far.
44rd: Another near clip-up from Pato.
45th: Another near miss from Kun!! So close, put his shot goes wide of the far post.
47th: Poor effort from Riquelme fails to reach Aguero in the box. A weak performance so far.
HALFTIME: We’re 0-0 at the Monumental. Argentina enjoyed much of the possession but despite several chances, have yet to find that final touch. Mucha impresicion. Ecuador meanwhile are obviously looking to get to Argentina’s defense on the counter, and as of yet have kept the scoreline nil-nil. Argentina looks far from done though; let’s see if Basile makes any changes during the break.
Second Half: And we’re back. Argentina comes out to modest applause from the home crowd. Fernando Gago replaces Maxi Rodriguez.
3rd: Mascherano pays the price for an incredible run up the right. It looks in pain, and Basile orders the bench to practice, but so far Masche stays in.
4th: Clear hand ball is not called, but a free kick for Riquelme is set up. Unfortunately, it goes over the crossbar.
7th: A foul on Messi sets up yet another free kick for Riquelme. First yellow for Ecuador.
8th: Roman misses yet again. Very little is going right for Riquelme.
10th: Ecuador appeals for a penalty, but the ref is not having it. Things are starting to get sloppy.
11th: Kun Aguero takes a shot at goal, but it goes right to the hands of the Ecuadorian keeper.
13th: Corner for Ecuador, who are starting to come alive.
15th: Hard tackle on Messi leads to another yellow for Ecuador. Riquelme again sets up the free kick, but Ecuador clears.
16th. Looks like Mache will leave and be replaced by Julio Cruz.
21st: Great passing sequence from Argentina, but it leads nowhere.
22nd: Bad news, a yellow card for Demichellis, who now misses this week’s clash against Brazil.
24th: GOAL ECU. More bad news as Ecuador goes up 1-0. Things are starting to go from bad to worse, but there’s still time left.
26th: Cruz misses a wonderful chance to equalize, but his header goes wide.
28th: Cruz misses another chance, but is ruled offside anyway.
28th: Yet another chance missed by Cruz. They just showed a replay of the goal by Ecuador, and it was a great strike.
30th: Demichellis comes so close, but his header falls into the hands of the opposing keeper. He looks gutted since the yellow.
32nd: I nearly scream goal from Aguero, but his effort misses. Argentina are running out of time.
33rd: Guess what? Veron boots the ball well past a running Cruz.
34th: A better pass from Veron finds Kun, but it’s a little too high for Aguero.
35th: It’s desperation time for Argentina as they fight each ball for the equalizer, but they are just not finding it. A third yellow for Ecuador as the keeper wastes time.
35th: A brilliant effort from that same keepr denies Heinze. More time-wasting now.
38th: Seven minutes left, and things are not looking any better. A free kick though is called and Messi lines up.
43rd: Ecuador makes another substitution, and now Palacio looks to be coming in. 4 minutes of stoppage time will be added. Palacio replaces Veron, who I think is being whistled.
46th: Pelotazo muy largo, say the commentators. Yet again.
48th: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOL ARGENTINA!!! With seconds left, the sub Palacio will leave it 1-1. And it was a long ball from Pato that made it happen.
FULL TIME: ARGENTINA 1-1 ECUADOR
Argentina pull one back in the dying minutes of the game, but they will no doubt feel disappointed by their performance, and a difficult game awaits them this week in Brazil. Ecuador meanwhile will feel that they missed an opportunity to take a full 3 points.
The criticisms will no doubt rain down on Basile this week and look for Veron, Riquelme, and Rodriguez (at least IMO) to be singled out. It’s far to early to push the panic button, but issues will need to be addressed.
Thanks for following along, and I look forward to everyone’s comments below. Chau chau.
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