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Posted by John (Sivan John) Saturday, June 21, 2014 Go To Comments

Messi Late Screamer Makes the Difference
I will admit it wasn’t what I expected from today as I really wanted to see the team stamped their mark with a solid performance after a not so convincing first game. With the preferred line up plus with a best attacking foursome in the tournament, I was hoping for a goal fest? Okay a two or three at least.
 
But I also knew that Iran will not be any easy pushover and were determined to make life tough for us right from the start. And they did exactly just that for the first 45 minutes.
 
When the second half was about to start, was hoping Alejandro SABELLA will make some changes but none happen. The game just took off from where it left before the break.
 
There was a scary moment when suddenly Iran was looking adventurous and came close of scoring! My heart stopped during those several occasions. We must thank Sergio ROMERO for repaying the faith that SABELLA had in him for this time!
 
 
 
With less than 15 minutes, SABELLA replaced Kun AGUERO and Gonzalo HIGUAIN with Rodrigo PALACIO and Ezequiel LAVEZZI. In a way, there was some improvement but still the Iranian wall still didn’t look like cracking anytime soon.
 
But as the game was stretching towards the end, it was becoming a one sided affair as Iran were looking good to take this unexpected point.
 
Then deep into injury time, after receiving the ball from Pablo ZABALETA, Lionel MESSI coming from the right curled a beautifully taken shot with his magical left foot past Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza HAGHIGHI to give Argentina the victory.
 
 
As we know by now the win will ensure our passage into the Round of 16 thus giving SABELLA some option to try new players or line up in our last group match against Nigeria. That will be another discussion.
 

 
In the meantime, I’ll give you the goal and…..

 
….VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

 




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muntun
(India)
Posted on 6/23/2014 at 2:16 AM
0
yes messi was the only difference between both teams.world knows that arjentina could be champion.but in the last match the team was not looking in such kind of belief and spark.it was horrible to watch a few times irani strikers easily penetrated the defence line of arjentina.


vishk
(India)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 11:23 PM
0
I already got a feeling that this is similar to 86 when One man had carried Arg all d way.
and Messi have stepped up when it mattered most even though was anonymous for most of match..
Hope the history repeat itself.

I don't care if we are not scoring 3-4 goals every game.

I would take a wcfinal win with 1-0score for all games than we score lots n lose in qf or sf..


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 4:37 PM
0
how can dimaria feed messi, when he's running down the flanks and messi is half way between the goal and his own half.

he could feed higuain but he's never in the box.

and argentina still haven't played a team that isn't playing 100% defence, for dimaria to feed messi, aguero, and higuain running into the box with him.
the iran game was the toughest display of defence in the world cup by far.

i haven't seen germany, italy, brazil face anywhere near that many man-to-man marking and double parked bus defence.

this was a good training game.

the next game, the pitch should feel 3x the size for the players.

ar



day
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 9:17 AM
1
imo the problem is more the pace and tempo we are moving the ball at. by the time we are getting the ball to the forwards the opposition defence is solidly in place, even when iran broke we were too slow on the counter attack, the players need to move the ball much faster to break these types of defences, and maybe a couple of players are still finding their form, but when we up the tempo like we will need to do against nigeria i think we will look a lot better and play a lot better.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 8:27 AM
0
LOL BRICK WALL DONT MAKE THINGS UP THERES GAPS IN EVERY FOOBALL GAME THERE NO BRIK WALL COUGH!!!!!!


EXCUSES EXCUSES ???? IF THE WAITING GAME WASNT WORKING TRY SOMETHING ELSE I DIDNT SEE LAVEZZI AND PALACIO HANDS ON HIPS I SEEN TWO GUYS COME ON AND RUN AT THE SO CALLED COUGH BRICK WALL


PUTTING ONE FOOT INFRONT OF THE OTHER ISNT REALLY A LOT TO ASK FOR IS IT ????


DOING NOTHING IS DOING NOTHING REGSRDLES OF THE ITHER TEAMS PLAY


MESSI SAID IN PRESS MEET WE SHOULDNT BE CONSERNED WITH WHAT THE OTHER TEAMS DOING EXCCCUUUSSSEEEEE ME MESSI , THATS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE DOING


tamthebam
(Scotland)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 5:42 AM
0
Messi again! Like I said in a previous post, come the moment cometh the man! Brothers and sisters, the first part of the mission has been accomplished, qualification from the group. Nigeria will park the bus in the final match as a draw is enough for them to qualify. Let them do so, they will not be as disciplined defensively as IRAN(well done to them for a wonderful team effort) and if SABELLA starts Lavezzi and Perez I can see ARGENTINA winning convincingly. We will not lose this match. @ Pradi, you said earlier " imagine if we play like that against BRAZIL". If BRAZIL set up like IRAN there wil be riots in the stadium! and even if some teams try and play counter attack against us, so what! SABELLA isn't stupid! despite what some of you guys are saying. Too much negativity here. Time to man up guys, like MESSI! VAMOS ARGENTINA!


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 5:10 AM
0
@Pablo.d Lol....I wish. :)

Thought it was time for a change and the profile pics of Travis and some others with sexy Argentine women inspired me.

Maybe the Albiceleste need to see my pic to inspire them. Lol


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 4:09 AM
0
GAB: I see from your pic you had a busy weekend :)


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 4:07 AM
1
@ Leandro, great to hear from you man and well said. It cracks me up how people are saying the players looked lazy cause they weren't 't running etc etc. What do you want them to do, run at full speed into a brick wall.... because that's what Iran's defence was, a brick wall. It usually is when a team defends with 11 players.

Ok so Di Maria, Aguero & Higuain are out of form. We have excellent subs to replace them who can do the job. Hopefully Sabella has the balls and awareness to make the necessary changes.

Positives are that Messi is winning us games with moments of brilliance and Romero is exceeding expectations.


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 4:01 AM
0
@Haman, Sabella is a tactician with defense first attitude. He built a balanced team to defend and counter attack or a team who can play well in open play. But Sabella always got it difficult when he face a defensive teams. There clearly he needs to improve. If all the teams play defensive against Argentina we will struggle like this. Against an open or an attacking team the case will be totally different.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 3:59 AM
0
nigeria emunike has frightening psce and sadly rojo is banned
. i see basanta coming in there, unless he plays campa there and keeps zaba on right

i agree with arg2014 - we now need to tweek the players.
vs nigeria we cant afford to lose.

-----biglia/enzo----masherano

--------------ricky-----

---lavezzi----------------palacios

--------------messi

i think this would be perfect as palacios is much hard working. lavezzi palacio alot more fitter right now too than the losers yesterdays


Budhasmilez
(India)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 3:56 AM
0
@ Moonbear would love to believe your analysis is true

In the second round why should our opponents play attacking game.Cant they take a leaf out from Irans display and make it their strategy...It almost worked for Iran.

I hope we win against Nigeria and top the pool and not sleep walk anymore.Cant think of facing France at this moment in time.

@pep wasnt Sabella too late in bring about the substituions?


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 3:28 AM
0
Anyone catch the Nigeria vs Bosnia match?
If we play like yesterday and Nigeria turns up the same heat, we could easily lose. Then we become second in group F and face France in round 2.
Oops, a scenario we should avoid.


flaco
(Canada)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 2:56 AM
0
@ arg2014 i wanted to tell you STOP POSTING. But it helps the founder of this webside by generating traffic. But with all do respect, the least you can do is be a little more creative, and show some expertises. And also try to come up with something that other bloggers can lean from. STOP THE NONSENSE!!!!!AND KEEP IN MIND YOU REFLECT WHAT YOU SAY.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 2:38 AM
0
after watching the replay, yes im a sucker for punishment the defence was appalling and if not for romaro it would have been 2 or 3 to them.

Harman: i agree with you and I said on her long ago that the shirt needs to be earned but by sabella informing players they were in and untouchable it devalued the shirt but worst told players play as you wish as will have a shirt no matter what, indirectly he took away the passion and the pride of an earned shirt.

some one once said "you never own your shirt as you are just keeping it warm for some one else"


flaco
(Canada)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 2:24 AM
0
@ arifz27 to move fast you need space. with eleven players in the playing ten yards in front of their goal keeper you cant barely move forward let alone playing fast.


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 1:54 AM
1
Leandro, You are trying to make it easy here for the fans bro, but I know you are hurt from the inside, and if you aren't than you have no clue about football, with my respect!

We are not a low-level team with mediocre players in our disposal. We actually have one of the best linups on paper, but only on paper and this needs a pain killer!

There is no single sign of team chemistry, that Sabella was pretending to utilize, since he got in charge!
There are plenty of players, where ready to it all to the squad, just to wear the Jersey and stand proudly singing the NT in front of the eager fans!
Hell, they weren't even showing this when the Anthem was on!


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 1:45 AM
1
Moobear- Good talk, but we always talk to keep up hope. Sabella didn't learn anything form Romania's match. This is the World Cup! It gets serious from the first whistle, not to walk and carry on!

Sabella, did nothing. Messi scored and saved the team along with Romero's effort to keep it clean, other than that, the team wasn't able to defeat Romania in the first place, and we were trying to convince ourselves, that it's just a friendly and they want save energy. Until when?

I just wanted to tell you, that this is Sabella's job, to get the players back in form and especially, Di Maria!

We will wait and see if Sabella is capable to change this ugly shape of a football team, let alone Argentina, Who should be masters in the game, not bunch of lazy asses walking around, having no respect for the flag!

Wake up albiceleste, wake up!


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/22/2014 at 12:23 AM
0
sandy, there you have your easy walk in the park to the semi finals...


Lucas
(Australia)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 11:57 PM
0
@xtreme couldnt say it better myself, its the worst having to read all these people saying cos we didnt will 5-0 that we have no chance!!!!

always bitching about someone with there negative attitude.


Lucas
(Australia)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 11:52 PM
0
relaxxxxxx people, the issue is we played two games up against two teams wanted a draw, you dont think if we got a first half goal, we would of won by 3-4 goals.

Yes the team needs to lift BIG TIME. But we are in the next round, once we play open teams who will come at us, the GOALS will come...

clam down chill out we have a great team, and even better we have messi...

VAMOSSSS


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 11:48 PM
0
very well said MoonBear, so sick of so many unrealistic fools here thinking this is FIFA 2014 and wanting a perfect world cup with perfect outcome each and every game, it's just unrealistic to expect as such. If you believe Argentina are quarter final material, I dare you not to celebrate when Argentina won it later because you deserve no part of it for your disgusting negative attitude. Name one past world cup winners that have not struggled at some point in their path to the world cup trophy...any?? There's none because all past world champions have struggled in their path of glory.


MoonBear
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 11:33 PM
8
A few thoughts about the Iran match and ARG's world cup so far:

A) The Iran match was certainly not our finest hour but it did accomplish a few things on the journey:

B) 6 points are in the bag and we are onto the next round.

C) The team has a ton to work on and correct…from a coaching perspective, this is a good thing.

D) Absolutely no chance of overconfidence in the coming weeks. Something that hurt us in the last 3 world cups.

E) DO NOT discount the play of Romero. This match should do wonders for his fragile self-esteem so it is a big piece of a much bigger puzzle.

F) LEO is growing as an ARG (not just Barca) legend every day. You don't often hear anymore that he can't play for ARG. In fact you can make a case that in the past 12 months, he has played better for the national shirt.

G) The road to the world cup finals is littered with UGLY wins. No one plays beautiful football for SEVEN games. Brazil 82 tried it, ARG 2006 tried it, Holland 74 tried it…not one of those teams came home with the trophy. BUT…a Spain team that won EVERY single one of their knockout games but 1-0 score did. They got unlikely things like a Puyol goal, a Casillas penalty save, red cards on the other team, etc to make it through. The name of the game is SURVIVE & ADVANCE.

H) I have to believe we are not hitting on all cylinders because we are trying to reserve some energy for the later rounds. Some of these teams that seem to be playing with more passion than us and more energy will burn themselves out in the next week or so. This is a marathon, not a sprint…you need to save a little something for the end. Premature ejaculation doesn't satisfy anyone.

J) Someone needs to wake up DiMaria and tell him the world cup has started. If he fed Messi the way he serves up Ronaldo for Madrid, we would have had 5 more goals already. His legacy will be written in the next 2 weeks. Either his talent will shine and he will carry us in some very crucial knockout games…OR he should never play for the national team again…I'm serious. Results are one thing, but even his work rate is nowhere near his Madrid output…or what he has shown he is capable of of in La Paz. Something is not right with him.

Stay thirsty my friends.


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 11:31 PM
0
I forgot to mentioned, that our group F, is the group that conceded the least amount of goals and least amount of goals made combine by all teams in our group.


Leandro
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 11:21 PM
3
Now now now people.. I think everyone is being to harsh. Fact is we won BOTH games and qualified early. Thats better than Germany and a lot of the other top dogs. So on paper, its all good.

Second, Iran parked the bus and did so wonderfully. They are not Chelsea however with the wonderkid Drogba to score from nothing. We took countless shots, crosses, had 10 corners and won every one some just just missing the goal. We had 70% + pocession. The stats where in our favor.

You could argue that we where too relaxed.. too static... but that relaxation while agonizing was also tremendous discipline and confidence to not get frantic. Argentina did not look 100% but what was there was a relentless machine.

The best attacking team will always have a rough time against a parked bus. Barcas elite attack a few seasons back even struggled to break the bus. Remember, we are not a possession team, any team that attacks us 50/50 will be very exposed to our counters. Kun, Pipita etc simply had no space with 2 players on their backs at all times.

Smart subbing by Sabella, Lavezzi and Palacio spread the field wide and created enough chaos to free Messi.

I am confident that when we meet teams that are not playing for a tie (semi finals) we will see a lot more goals.



snjv
(Nepal)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 10:55 PM
1
People on here talked earlier before world cup that Romero and Rozo will stop us from winning world cup, but as the tournament began, they are seeing , our offence will stop us from winning this world cup, Romero and Rozo are class ahead of other players(excluding Messi)


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 10:50 PM
0
Stop it frnd... You saying teams playing like crap win WC.... Yes italy n france were craps at 2002 n 2006, not only them, there were also so many other teams who played crap n thrown away from tournament in early stages... Yes teams playing best may not reach finals n or win WC, but it doesnt mean poor teams win it.... Do you really think with this kind f perforamnce we will b able to hold brazil in maracana....


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 10:47 PM
0
AFA President Julio Grondona on Maradona: “The bad luck charm left the stadium and we won.” He walked out just before Messi struck winner
Grondona, MARADONA is a legends, he is winner not losser like you....... He is truly a inspiration for all argie and global footballers. He have argie blood more than you......


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 10:39 PM
0
I hav felt this earlier, bosnia is a physical team, but they didnt play that well against us.... I felt they nvr reached to de prfmnc of croatia or belgium... Tgey were extremely nervous especially in de 1st 20 mins or so.... We allowed them to settle down... If we hav taken attack to them in the starting mins we cud hav easily score 1 or 2 goals.... But they took our approch in surprise, we just hold de ball in our back line n didnt made sny harm to them, that allowed them to settle down n in second half they looked confident, we injected pisitivity to our opposition with our negative approach.... The respect n fear we give them lifted their confidence....


snjv
(Nepal)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 10:22 PM
0
Many people on here are dumb, they can't face reality. France in 2006 and Spain in 2010 were nowhere at their best but they reach finals. France would have won 2006 world cup if Zinedine Zidane did not make such horrible and silly mistake.

Germany scored 4 goals against Portugal but what did they get ? A dull draw and that also after that much struggle. They are not qualified yet. If Portugal beat both Ghana and USA and USA beat Germany, Germany will be out of wc..And don't underestimate USA, they can beat Germany, they have proved it in a friendly too. Germany defence is horrible compared to our Argentina.

We didn't need our 100% to win against Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria, and so we did. Sabella wants to fool other opponents and show us ineffective, idealess and whatsoever. He wants to prove to others that without Messi , Argentina is nothing...Don't hope us to win 3-0,4-0,5-0 e.t.c. we'll always win with 1 goal margin till we reach finals and beat brazil 3-1.

Mark my words. Argentina are champions.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 10:21 PM
0
I dnt knw do you people notice, there were 2 extremely frustrated figures, masche n zaba... Masche is feeling very much stressed with his overload i felt, no anyother midfield pressing, only he was there, it was jst ridiculous, even aftr we had a very bitter experience to germany last WC still no any improvement at all, itz really pathetic... All higuain, aguero, messi, gago losing ball is only recovered by him, otherwise it is ending up at back line or our GK... Di maria will take care only de ball he lose... And anthr one was zaba, made a 1000 runs expecting some one to feed, mostly messi, but he hold ball for a long n giv some one else or lose de momentum, de first only time he recieved de return pass is from lavezzi wen he came in, n that was an overhit one... Not both gago n messi is geling with him...


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 10:18 PM
0
Win or lose I expect simeone and his in your face style after this tournament as our coach. A no nonsense play or I am sitting your ass down guy.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 9:58 PM
0
I feel like this. Sabella is not used to coaching star players or team... If itz an average team counter sttsck will b a good tactic to score, but for a team like us itz only a 2nd or 3rd option.... Imagine barca or man city only relying on counter attack... This is de case, we r playing with 2 creative heads n 3 strikers, that itself is saying it all, we r relying on counter 70-80%.... Thatz de reason we did well against good tesms n struggked against bad team in qualifiers n friendlies... Playing in this pace we need lot more creativity in mid... Kun or higuain will score if u feed them nice balls to their feet, i hav not seen them running out wild n creating opportunities n all that stuff even at their club level...Sabella is never great, he used a thing in whole qualifiers n friendlies n came to wc wit de same, not even a single innovative thing, he had no any ideas... Brought in 1st change at 75th min n that too 2 strikers, still no any creative add... If fab 4 didnt work against park bus, where it will, nowhere else for sure...
I dnt want to hear "sabella de master tactician" n "fab 4" more....


Chris
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 9:46 PM
0
In my personal opinion, I'm gonna be honest, I felt they played better today as a team, then last week.. Rojo kinda surprised me, I felt he did a job well done this morning, with only some minor errors..
On the other hand, aguero and pipita, no where to be fond !!!
I'm greatful we won, and it wasn't easy, thank god for messi being Argentino, took that goal like a fucking champ.. His CONCEDENCE this WC is building, and it's getting better..
We gotta admit, when a team plays with 10 defenders on the field, what the fuck do we expect ?? But yet again it's our damn defense, I still fail to understand how it's so easy for the opponents team to reach our goal.. I just don't get it, regardless if playing with 4 or 5 defenders, it's still the same.. U get a team like Germany or France against us, easily they'll score at least 5, no problm..
Something needs to be fixed ASAP.. Sabella looks as though he has zero confedence in his players and looks really worried and scared... That's a big problem
Aguero pipita need to wake up ASAP..


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 9:33 PM
0
Chainsaw-- may be nigeria dont like to play anti football but having seen our strikers not able to break the dead lock why not?? if i were a Nigerian coach i would park the bus and salvage a draw and advance to the 2nd round. But if sabella manages to destroy this frustrating tactics used against us then team will not sit at the back waiting for counter attack. Come on counter attack is ou r style of play and we cant counter attack unless the oppostion attack us!!!!


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 9:10 PM
0
SulaV, Nigeria are no park the bus side. Iran been playing like that for years. Nigeria even if try cannot do it as good as Iran.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 9:07 PM
0
Glad we won,but still not impressed with the performance , keep our faith that Kun and Higuain regain their fitness and goal instinct. The set piece and cornerkick shoul be a great advantage and oppurtunity to become a goal , just can't tolerate the poor passed and slow rythem playing .Need a lot of improvement. Optimize Perez and Maxi in second half.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 9:07 PM
0
Guys get ready to face another Park the Bus team in Nigeria. Having defeated Bosnia they just need a point to advance to round of 16 and they just seen how we struggled today they are going to come out with 11 man defense AGAIN! Sabella has to come up with tactics to counter this or else every team is going to Park the bus against us!!


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 9:05 PM
0
Arg2014

We changed the formation back to 4-3-3, now we have to tweek the starters. Lavezzi or Palacio in, and Aguero out if the starting line up.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:55 PM
0
Let's all admit here that Argentina played really bad with all stars thrown on field. Garay and FF both couldn't handle one counter attack from Goochoonnijad. Sure we do have world class defenders.
This team for me is QF material.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:49 PM
0
theophilos, there was no penalty but controversy always seems to find ARGENTINA.

Iran parked the bus, took the wheels off and planted a garden around it and YET, let me stress the YET park, ARG managed to get excellent scoring opportunities but failed to finish.

Iran came to defend and nothing else and they didn't have a Plan B.

I would still give el Pipita and Kun time to play but wont start them both at the same time.





arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:49 PM
1
@Pino: you made me laugh by saying we are glad we got this type of team now, we have been playing same type of teams and we are unable to break their defense with play plan we introduce. That game could have ended draw unless Messi scored in the last second. Iran is a weak weak team trust me even defensively. I have watched their qualifying games... but we were sooo slow to run for a counter attack or make a sharp cross since Di Maria plays without fear as he does under the eyes of Ronaldo.


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:39 PM
0
The only player from the Fab 4 that is playing well is Messi.

Sabella knows that Higuain and Aguero lack fitness and playing time. So Sabella is probably going to start Higuain and Aguero again, but with only one game remaining before the knock out stage, I wonder if he is going to play those same cards again, because is clear to me the Higuain and Aguero are not up to their A game yet. Is a decision that Sabella has to make against Nigeria, because If Sabella does choose Palacio/Lavezzi or both, I rather have them start against Nigeria, and have a match in hand before playoffs. If not, we probably going to see the same display by Higuain and Aguero in the Nigeria game, hopefully not.

We played ok, Iran did park the bus, and I'm glad they did. We needed that type of game because that's what some teams are going to do against us.


It was clear when Lavezzi and Palacio entered the game, Argentina played better.



guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:33 PM
0
The game v Nigeria is must win game so as to top the group, I hope sabella make changes to the line up


theophilos
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:29 PM
0
The media are propagating this "no penalty call" to feed into the bad refereeing narrative which is a great headline grabber. Unfortunately their have been plenty of horrible calls including an awful offside goal against Bosnia today that probably cost them the game. But not every controversial call is bad one. Some of them are actually correct, even if the ref made them for the wrong reasons.


theophilos
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:25 PM
0
For fact's sake: THERE WAS NO PENALTY JUSTIFICATION


This is the video of the controversial tackle by Zabaleta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYdADLtcEjM

The video clearly shows Zabaleta TOUCHING the ball BEFORE he trips the Iranian defender. GOOD CALL REF.

P.S. IM SURPRISED BY YOU EL PIPITA. No penalty.


Jack!
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:15 PM
3
You know it is comical people come out of the woodworks when Argentina struggle here on MA. It's as if they can not wait to write an entire thesis on how much Argentina sucks, how Sabella has no idea what he is doing or some other idea. It is comical. It really is, I don't get at these posts, I laugh, because the lack of knowledge some people have about the game and the team is just something else.




guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:12 PM
0
All big teams are struggling there is no easy team in this World Cup


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 8:11 PM
0
i don't think argentina played bad in any game. they won.

it's just the opponents are playing like it's the world cup final against argentina.

that's a sign of the respect and admiration they have for the team.

they don't want to be embarrassed playing against argentina and play their best against the best.

the world watches argentina play. to see the world's greatest player.

you have to bring your best game. so far, this mundial is looking like the '86.

hard fought 1-0, 2-1 games. with flashes of brilliance from the world's best player.

many of the arrogant teams, mainly european ones are going to get a big shock if they don't give the effort and determination bosnia and iran showed.

the played solid, 100% 11 at the back defense and still lost.

if bosnia played like they played nigeria against argentina, the would lose by 4.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:58 PM
0
I heard an interesting comment today talking to another argentina fan. His comment was very oversimplified but would be interested in thoughts here. We are controlling the game the majority of the time and that the only problem is the failure of the forwards higuain and aguero converting goals. Very simplified statement but would be interested in people's thoughts


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:55 PM
0
One more thing here: Messi plays his best and scores goals when he's centre forward not right wing. He played in the centre during qualifiers.


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:54 PM
1
@Arg2014, you made a lot of senseless prediction, just stop already. All top teams struggled so far in this tournament, and France is the only big team doing well and they almost didnt qualify for world cup. Just watch, Argentina will bounce back.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:49 PM
0
@Tony Montana: you can't get the chemistry going now in Brazil during live matches. This should have been worked on during the last 3 years when Sabella took over and claimed that he was able to bring Argentina back to its International reputation.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:46 PM
0
I tell you if Argentina was in the group of death, it would be out packing today. Now I'm thinking facing either Switzerland, Ecuador or France will be a nightmare for Argentina in the round of 16.


Tony Montana
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:29 PM
0
we haven't won 1st place in our group so far so in the Nigeria game we better start our best and get some GOD DAMN chemistry going because all the missed opportunities are pissing me off!!!! We are finishing nervous!! All high of the mark


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:24 PM
3
Sheesh!! You know someone wise told me once that "if you're angry count to 10 and if you're still angry count to 20 and so on until you calm down" so now that I've counted to 300000 (I kid you not everyone!) I can be alittle bit more objective in my post.

Yesterday I said this:

"As for tomorrow's game, well I personally expect it to be a tight match with Argentina fully attacking and Iran holding firm.
If our boys win it will be marginal IMO.
The key is for the fantastic 4 not to get frustrated if they don't bang in goals right out of the gate and the defense/midfield needs to be very alert because when a team is very fixated on attack it's defenses will be automatically lowered"

And boy was I right! Everything that I feared would happen happened!!

Now before I get to the match I would like to congratulate Iran on a job well done, their defensive strategy and discipline would make even the 2006 Italy team envious.
They did everything right and they deserved a draw (yes that was an unquestionable penalty!).

Now my 2 cents on the match:

The good;

Well Messi is living up to his considerable reputation and now all those critics who dared to say that he doesn't perform for the NT can "suck it and keep sucking it!!" to borrow Diego's infamous quote.

The albicelestes won and now it's on to the second match.

Romero!! My dear Sergio Romero you did not let me down.
As you all know I've always liked Romero and have often defended him around here and now I know that it wasn't in vain.
Although I'm ashamed to admit that even I called for him to be benched due to his lack of match fitness but I'm glad I was wrong.

The Bad;

Well, everything was bad!! Everything! I don't care if the albicelestes win by a goal or an extra time goal or by divine intervention, what I really wanted to see was the grit and passion that I witnessed throughout the qualifiers and there was non of that there.
With the exception of Rojo (will get to him later) and Romero none of the players seemed interested to be there.

Overall:
A lethargic match from an uncharacteristically lethargic Argentine side that has considerable fangs but clearly lacks the bite.


Parting words:

I have to say that looking at this amazing WC thus far I noticed that it isn't skill that's making magic happen in Brazil but rather GRIT & PASSION!
Teams like Costa Rica, Chile and even struggling or eliminated ones like Australia and Ghana don't have half the talent that our boys possess but boy do they make up with with heat, so much heart!!!

Am I seeing a repeat of 2002 where the team peaked too early?
Did the long and albeit successful seasons that Kun, pipita and Fideo experienced take their toll like it did with Spain?
These questions need to be answered in the next match otherwise all would've been for nothing.

It's easy to criticize but inevitable so I might I might as well be constructive with my criticism.
For the next match Kun, pipita, Dimaria and Gago need to be benched! Give Enzo, Biglia and Ricky a start since they seem so eager to prove themselves and depending on how the game against Nigeria is going bring in Kun/pipita, Gago and Dimaria in the last 20 or so minutes and see if a little competition can jolt them back to life!

This team has given us displays worthy of champions in the past and I believe that they can still do so, hence I hope Sabella and the boys will take a day and search things through maybe they can find the answers in time.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:10 PM
0


After a tight game against Iran for Argentina in Group F, a somewhat relieved Lionel Messi, who scored the 91st minute winner in a 1-0 victory, gave his initial reactions in the zona-mixta after the tense encounter.

“I’m happy about the result, for our qualification in what was a complicated and difficult game, in which at no time could we find a way through their solid defence, which didn’t allow us any spaces.”

“We weren’t expecting a game like this, but those of us in attack couldn’t find spaces against such a strong defence. They weren’t letting us get onto balls between the lines, which we like so much and from which we can cause so much harm for opponents.”

Despite the suggestions that it had been a lacklustre performance from Argentina, Messi insisted that it was one of those games where the team just had to keep battling away to the end.

“You have to play games like these right to the last minute. I don’t think the state of the pitch helped us much either, which was dry because of the heat and prevented us moving the ball around so quickly, which is crucial against an opponent who sits and waits for you at the back.”

Messi was ultimately satisfied however, that his goal at the end could bring so much joy to the thirty-thousand or so Argentine fans present, clinching a place in the next round of the tournament for Argentina.

“It was complicated, but fortunately we scored in the last minute. It was emotional at the end and the reaction with the fans was beautiful, given how anguishing the game was for them.”

As for his celebrations after scoring, Messi admitted it was simply a release of all the tension the game against Iran had presented.

“It wouldn’t have been the same if we’d drawn this game 0-0, because that would have complicated things and mean we’d be obliged to win the third game against Nigeria, who are difficult opponents. That’s why I was so joyful celebrating my goal.”

Finally, Messi also praised an excellent performance from his team-mate, Sergio Romero, who has faced criticism from the Argentine press.

“His performance was spectacular and it’s such a joy for him, as it is for us, after how much has been said about his performances and the doubts that have been raised outside our squad. This performance from him dispels all those questions.”




Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:08 PM
0
AFTER GAME COMMENTS

http://www.insidespanishfootball.com/113241/messi-we-didnt-expect-a-game-like-this-thats-why-i-was-so-joyful-celebrating-my-goal/


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:01 PM
0
I'm surprised that Sabella used 4-3-3 against Iran. He usually shit in his pants and goes for all defensive formation with wings out of service.

Di Maria has been a loyal servant for Ronaldo in Real Madrid and works like a horse to satisfy their diva while he's useless with Argentina and runs like a woman on her labour day. Gago is so overrated here on Mundo, he's below average midfielder.

Strange how most attacking team in the world can't make a single counter attack attempt with a good run.....a team like Argentina should go to the world cup with 6 forwards not just 5, even Maradona studied that chapter better. You can't go with all stars.....bring on new hungry talents and get the job done before going to Brazil. There is no time left for experiments here.....what do you expect from a coach who got lost in selecting a basic formation against a newbie team like Bosnia in the first game? what was he doing during the last 6 months after the draw?

Everyone says: How long for will Messi save the tem in the dying minutes against mediocre teams???

We can't score and being out of clues and solutions....Nigeria was able to break Bosnia's defense in the 20th min, and we were all under the mercy of Messi's magic in the last minutes. Iran is considered the weakest team going to Brazil, and we are unable to show a few decent passes in the midfield and look a good team at least, not to mention failing to score when we are supposed to be attacking team.

We might get lucky and get moved to the QF but there it will be the end for Argentina this time again and again.....it will be QF exit, all signs show that as the dressing room in a mess obviously with the clueless Sabella tactics.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 7:00 PM
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They came in thinking we're Argentina and we're going to walk all over them and that could have easily been achieved had they taken advantage of their chances and that would forced the Iranians to come out and play but they didn't.

Kun, El Pipita, DiMaria played lousy and Messi couldn't go anywhere with the ball with 4-5red shirts in front and around him.

Argentina knows Nigeria, unlike Iran and Bosnia so they know what to expect.

ARG for some strange reason always plays down to their opponents instead of playing their normal game.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:58 PM
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I just want to say thanks to Romero and rojo who given 100% of their talent. You guys should teach others how to show full passion.

Before WC we worried about our defense but looks like our star studded offense is suckibg a


Jack!
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:56 PM
2
At this rate Nigeria will beat us? Lmao. If Nigeria decide to play this open against us as they are against Bosnia , they will get beat beaten. Teams have basically sat back against us and just tried to catch us on the counter. I am pleased by any means with the way we are playing but people need to chill out. As bad as we played we have 6 points. The team knows they need to get their act together.


shabuchie
(Jamaica)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:54 PM
0
Lack urgency, passion,creativity, i don't know what is happening. Iran is not the first team to play eleven players behind the ball. We as a team have to be more creative to unlock these type of team.

Our offense is not working. our defense is not reacting fast enough to pacy players. We need to adjust and adjust fast if we are to be contenders for WC.

Or probably it is just our year, plays five more ugly game and win them all and we are WORLD champion. This world cup will be a MESSI one, i like how the little one is getting important goals at important moments.

Come on Argentina the world is waiting on us to delivered the promised goods.

Vamos Argentina!!!!


Toby
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:53 PM
0
pablo.d: For sure. The manager needs the full respect of the players.

Personally, I think the main problem is that this is not the Messi, Higuain and Aguero that we saw in the qualifiers. Whether it's through injury or loss of form, they are not the same players at present.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:51 PM
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We wont lose to Nigeria


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:46 PM
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at this rate nigeria will beat us and we will play france


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:43 PM
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Toby: so true and that's why one can only admire what sir a.f did at manure even tho I don't like a.f or utd but his longevity and results speak for them self.

his mantra was simple, no 1 is bigger then him or the club.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:41 PM
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Arge, YES ARGENTINA can win the WORLD CUP.

Let me remind all of you about one very important thing that might have slipped all your minds, MESSI IS SCORING, WE WON BOTH OUR GAMES BECAUSE OF HIM.

Defense is not bad, Romero looked 10 times better than he did last week and our only major issue is that the so-called all stars are not up to par and its very fixable, do not despair.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:39 PM
0
San Isidro: I agree what the hell has gone wrong, its like another Argentine has turned up.

the blame has to be pointed at sabella as they say the buck has to stop at the man at the top of any business as it is ultimately him who makes all the major decisions but in saying that the players also need to answer as apart from half time and subs its the players who are on the field of play.



Toby
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:38 PM
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pablo.d: No doubt. Man management is just as important as tactical analysis. If there is a problem, let's hope Sabella and the players work things out.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:36 PM
0
Joesoccer
Aside from messi have you noticed how inaccurate we are with our outside shots? They just hammer away with no control or precision.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:29 PM
0
At Pablo D
I guess the answer is I don't know. I don't even know if Sabella knows. I think a lot of the game is mental. We play with apprehension not passion and urgency. Also, I think these guys need to be held accountable. That's only done with playing time. Who knows but so many of our players underperform regularly I am getting used to having my heart broken.


Arge
(Suriname)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:24 PM
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Arg played bad, but thanks to Leo 3points are in. kun & higuain were damn off. Can Arg win this WC??? or is it their neighbours (luis & co) year.


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:22 PM
0
also like to add, as someone posted earlier, against this kind of tactic, they have to shoot more from outside, like messi finally did, instead of trying to walk the ball in.



joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:19 PM
0
everybody on this site is giving the team a hard time, complaining about formations etc. but they give no credit to iran, who played a nearly perfect defensive game and could have won it if it wasn't for romero and those 3 big saves he made.

if they play like that they can be the first team to make it to the finals without scoring a goal.

the middle of the pitch was a mine field, they all moved as one, defended as one.

there was no room to advance without 5 iranians swarming the ball carrier.

it was very impressive.

and messi snuck a ball around 7 defenders to score.

a great, hard game.

playing against the rest of the defences after that game, for argentina, will be like playing on a field 200 yards wide and 150 yards long.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:16 PM
0
"Sabella needs to coach the team. The players CANNOT be bigger than the country. Until this changes, our play won't"

the question is what has changed? as this is the same team that played so fantastically in the qualfs


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:11 PM
0
So here is what I think after 2 games. 2 formations, and similar results against similar tactics against us. Messi bails us out both times. We appear slow, small and unmotivated. Iranians were towering over us in height and speed.
Iran is a good team that does not concede goals. They also beat South Korea and Bosnia in recent history.

I think the defense is acceptable. Think about the stress we are putting on our defense with Rojo and Zaba playing up all the time. It is actually like we have 5 forwards. The problem is all three midfielders, along with poor showing from Higuain and Aguero.
On the midfield, you get nothing in attack from Mascherano, so you are forced to attack from the sides. Biglia would be better because he can at least pass more effectively. DiMaria needs to sit his ass down. The BIGGEST indicator of this is simple. Look at how much ground he covers for Argentina vs Real Madrid. He plays harder for Madrid, runs more, and has more passion. Notice I have not even mentioned his effectiveness. Simply stated he gives more effort for Madrid than us. Somebody needs to show him the tape, and bench him and say you earn playing time. Gago is in there to facilitate Messi. He usually does that well, just not today. If you notice today all the deep runs were being made from the flank by Rojo, not DiMaria.

Couple this horrible play of DiMaria with Higuain and Aguero being out of form and you have what you have. A disjointed team, that lacks discipline.

Sabella needs to coach the team. The players CANNOT be bigger than the country. Until this changes, our play won't.


Mikail
(Malaysia)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:09 PM
0
Higuain was clearly not match fit yet. His touch was heavy and most of the time his positional play was off. He spent more time dropping deep instead of staying up top with the opponent's CBs.

Aguero off ball movement was also off. In fact, I can't recall any of the movement he did during the whole game.

Gago was a bit weak in defense. Maybe for the Nigeria game Sabella can try Biglia or Enzo Perez to partner Mascherano in the centre.

Di Maria's passing was a bit off. Ricky Alvares can be an option for the next game.

All in all, I still take this result. Even though we didn't play good football but we still got the result and that is what matter the most.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 6:06 PM
0
El Pipita should warm the bench for the next game, Kun should come in off the bench or start but not finish.

Sabella has his work cut out for him and if Messi did speak out of line, he made up for it today.


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:58 PM
0
I don't like to bash my loved ones.So no player to player analysis.
*Romero was good,Rojo tried a lot and all others were pure useless craps.That's the least I could say.
*Messi was the Messi of Maradona barring that goal.
*The problem is not our defense,it's our midfield.I repeat,MF.
*Aguero and Higuain have some how created a confusion in who to be the 11th man.Someone need to be cut down to over come this.
*I won't stand for F4 anymore.Cause Messi needs someone closely behind as he need someone upfront.
*Mascherano alone can't provide the grit for ever.
*Take one of Kun or Pipita out and add Ricky or Perez.

* I want to be more creative and constructive always but you know that a distracted,sad,hearted,annoying,frustrated and depressed mind can never do that...



arifz27
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:56 PM
0
one thing argentina has to change in the upcoming games is move faster. the pace currently in both games was very slow.


Mikail
(Malaysia)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:55 PM
0
This game clearly shows that there are some works need to be done before the knock out stages commence. Against a very packed and disciplined defense, the team looked lacking in ideas and urgency.

First of all, Iran was playing with 2 rows of defensive lines inside their penalty box and sometimes 3 rows when they were closing the space outside their penalty areas. They also seemed happy to sit back to soak up Argentina attacks, making technical fouls outside their penalty area and once in a while pushed forward to search for freekicks or corners. But the bulk of their players were still staying inside their own half until after minute 65th when suddenly they pushed forward in numbers. In other words, for the majority of the game Iran was super duper compact and their defensive code was very hard to crack.

Argentina reactions to these packed defense were very disappointing. We pushed forward in numbers but we just couldn't breached the persian lines of defense. In my opinion, part of the problem is because we tried to stretch their defense by having Kun and Higuain played wide but the Iranian defense didn't budge and they stayed compact inside their penalty box in 2 rows of defensive lines. Hence, Messi was isolated in his position in the middle of the attack and behind the two strikers. It was plain clear that the route through the middle was blocked and there was no way for Messi or anyone to pass that lines. And there was also lack of urgency in each of our play, we laboured against this Iran team.

In this kind of situation, instead of having Kun and Higuain to stretch the defense we should put more bodies inside their penalty box. Because their defense wasn't going to be stretched anyway. What I notice during the game, every time we sent the ball to the penalty areas, we only had one player to target against 9-10 Iranian players including the goalkeeper. Therefore, every cross we made and every through ball we made were pretty useless because we didn't have enough bodies inside their penalty box.

Another thing is we also seemed reluctant to take long shot outside of the penalty box. This is the achilles heel of Argentina's football philosophy because Argentina always want to walk the ball into the penalty box before taking a shot at the goal. But when we are up against a packed defense we stumble because they don't allow us to walk the ball into their penalty box. So, Argentina must learn to take more shots outside the penalty box to draw the defense from their bunker. Other than Messi's wonder goal, I can only remember one other shot outside the box from Argentina during the whole game and it was also from Messi.


maanus
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:52 PM
0
Game is very bad......
Better 4 2 3 1


rup
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:52 PM
0
i am so depressed with the result i had huge expectation from this team and all players dont have any patriotism for their country they only play hard for their clubs no passion no chemistry all of a sudden they are all in terrible form just when the business starts they r playing pathetic they cant blame the formations for sure sabella should be courageous and leave both aguero,higuain and even dimaria in benches bring new players lets see they have any passion and form or not otherwise 1/16 elimination on the card everyday messi cant save them nobody helping messi messi>>>>>>other 10 players combined


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:51 PM
0
NO excuses, late or early game, the whole team played like crap plain and simple and they better recognize that fact and do everything in their power to correct it before the next game.

....and like I said before, I can NOT wait to hear their excuses.


arifz27
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:51 PM
0
2010 argentina vs nigeria match..


arifz27
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:50 PM
0
i dont think theres any rift in the team. was watching the opening match anthem between us and nigeria. our team wasnt singing the anthem. and i beleive with maradona the team was more united


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:49 PM
0
gabo: thanks for the link and sigh as to think people once played and coached for their country for the honour of it not the $$.
oh how the world changes and not for the better- pure greed.


maanus
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:49 PM
0
Zaba. Garay. Ff. Rojo
Gago Masch
mess I dmaria ricky
Higuin


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:48 PM
0
I think 12 PM match is the one reason of our bad play..our players may be affected by the climate. They seemed like tired. All of our remaining matches until SF are at 12pm. I feel something bad.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:46 PM
0
arg2014: so true and ive said before we will only win this w/c because of messi and not because of sabella and his selections or tactics.
its just like 86.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:46 PM
1
Here is where we stand:

We got 6 points and moved to the 2nd round.

Messi showed the WORLD who the best player on the planet is.

Our defense wasn't bad.

Romero came to play so far and saved our asses today.

I hope we learned from our mistakes and better now than later.

We have players to step up in case Kun and El Pipita cant come in from the start and make an impact.

Look at the other teams, Germany wont qualify until their last game.




gabo
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:45 PM
0
@pablo.d: this list may offer some explanation:

https://twitter.com/sportingintel/status/476664771023212544



pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:44 PM
0
Richard: good morning (only because we actually won)and it hard to argue with the ratings
"Romero got a nine, Messi a 7 and the rest a 5 or lower and the majority a 3.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:41 PM
0
two DM's ahead of a back 4 always works for argentina its simle but effective i thought madadona would stik with it but didnt....

i think a true pairing with messi in a free role ahead is the answer like people are saying 4231 or a 442 with messi in a free role behind a forward dimaria and alverez wide with maxi coming on or messi switching out when a second forward is added


samad
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:41 PM
0
As a argentina fan I am worried no passion no pace while playing seems the entire team is disinterested can somebody from mundo pass this message to the team.......
Really love argentina so much........


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:40 PM
0
The complete lack of ambition was stunning. Look how hard Ghana worked in the match against Germany. Their team spirit was admirable and way better than our apathy. Ghana was willing to give everything.

Just like many of you, I am angry. What do these millionaires think? That you can win the WC on reputation alone? They need a strong kick in the butt. Get to work!

Argentina’s biggest newspaper La Nacion already handed out numbers. Romero got a nine, Messi a 7 and the rest a 5 or lower and the majority a 3.



arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:39 PM
3
Without going into a deep analysis that requires some of my precious time.....and without suggesting replacing players or saying this or that player should have been called, it is that simple:

Change the COACH after our early exit this world cup. Sabella is a disaster lives in 1986 when it's 2014. Sabella is not the right coach for this team, he showed more than once that he's crap, Romania game, Bosnia game, Iran game, and even Saudi Arabia game. I just wonder how much salary does he earn for this B.S tactics and training???


chris
(India)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:37 PM
0
campa - garay - basanta - rojo

-------masherano------

----gago------enzo-------
--------messi-----

---aguero-------palcio/di maria

my line up for next match gives us much depth in the midfield and mascherano doin the dirty work amd both gago and enzo doing the distrubution and defence...messi leading the attack from deep with palacio and aguero combining up front...if dimaria is playing he should be another midfielder who can support messi like how iniesta plays for spain in wing



maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:36 PM
0
gagos pathetic DONT TACKLE ME ITS NOT FAIR cry baby display really really got my blood boiling it was pathetic he was falling over his own feet


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:35 PM
0
REGARDING DIMARIA AND CHAMPS LEAGUE FINAL WAS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEET IRAN AND ATHLETICO YET VS ATHLETICO DIMARIA RAN THE SHOW VS IRAN HE ALMOST BURST OUT CRYING WITH FRUSTRATION


IT WAS IMBARASING


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:32 PM
0
i can see messi ahead of to dm's at barca next season it makes so much sense


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:31 PM
0
I think Dimaria is still on the Champions League Final hangover...!


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:30 PM
0
argentina looked like trying to make iran play and waited for them but obviously iran wouldnt come out until the second half demichellas and garay would have easy passed there attacking balls away fernadez is good but not SMART OR SKILLFUL


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:28 PM
1
last 16

campa - garay - basanta - rojo

-------bilgia---masherano

-----------messi

lavezzi------------di maria

---------palacios

perect attack and defend


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:27 PM
1
fede is a liability

rojo is banned next game so werent start. basanta will or campa will go left back.

enzo must start next match over gago if not biglia

we will defo make some chnages and i hope those who come in play well to prove to be picked for last 16


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:27 PM
0
ROJO needs to go to barca man he can work that line his crossing was better than dimaria today....dimaria seriously pissed me of


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:25 PM
0
gabo: I also don't get it why an Argentine or any other national team coach would want to coach another national team.


gabo
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:21 PM
0
the worst part is that we get to watch Chile and Colombia crush their ways out of their tough groups with an Argentinian in charge.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:19 PM
0
Toby: if its true then it is but I always remember how del bos got the Spanish to put aside the real v barca feud to win every thing for 6 years, also how the yellow team got bebto and rom to end their feud for their w/c win as both of those players hated each other.

its 100% up to the coach to unite the players unless its the players v management?


iman
(Iran)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:18 PM
0
argentina must play 4-2-3-1 because 2 argentina sticker did not take apart to defend,and sabella must use demichelis over Fernandez and Prez over Gogo.
.................Romero...................
Zabaleta.....Garay.........Demichelis.....Rojo
..........Perez..............mascherano..........
.........Richy...........Messi............Di Maria
........................Aguero.............


gabo
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:14 PM
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@ dammage7: I wish I could share your optimism, but there is not chemistry in the team. It's as if someone has forced the players to come and play in a hot summer day, while they had better things to do with their summer (after all, they all had a very long season).



Toby
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:13 PM
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pablo.d: It's worrying huh. If there's a bad atmosphere in the camp, then we've got no chance.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:12 PM
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because zabaletta didnt see him CLASHING IS NOT TACKLING JUSTAS HEADS HITTING EACH OTHER IS NOT HEAD BUTTING


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:11 PM
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dammage7: I agree and while sabella is at it a few of the others should have the cat of nine tales applied to them.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:10 PM
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LOL @ YOU BLIND NO NOTHINGS ZABALETTA WASNT TACKLING HE RUNS TO THE BALL HE SWINGS HIS LEG TO CLEAR IT AS HE DES THE IRANIAN PLAYER ARRIVES ZABALETTA WAS CLEARLY THE BALL THINKING THE PLAYER WASNT THERE AS HE SWUNG HIS LEG THE IRANIAN ARRIVED AND HE STUMBLED TOUCHED THE BALL BUT ALSO SWUNG HIS LEG ACROSS THE IRANIAN

THERE WAS NO TACKLE HE SIMPLE DID A DEMICHELLLES AND DIDNT KNOW HE WAS SO CLOSE

THERE WAS NO TACKLE THEY SHOWED IT ON BBC HERE IN UK LINICKER WAS GIGGLING AT IT AND SAID ZABALETTA DIDNT SEE HIM


BECAUSE THATS WHAT HAPPENED THERE WAS NO TACKLE


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:09 PM
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Looked at it 15times and its the same thing, the player pushes the ball in front of him and then Zabo clears it, pulling his leg back he HITS the player.

Why are we arguing about this???

we got lucky? FINE we did so what?!!

we played like crap and that's the lowlight of the day


Trini Pupi
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 6/21/2014 at 5:09 PM
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