FIFA World Cup 2018: Argentina vs. Nigeria - June 26 [R]

Discussion in 'Argentina: Selecciones Nacionales' started by locoxriver, Jun 16, 2018.

  1. wangballer

    wangballer Member

    Oct 11, 2016
    Pavon doesn't track back much tho. Just think he is a bit too offensive minded but I know what you are saying. Pavon and Di Maria on opposite sides would be very hard to defend
     
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  2. johnbarley2

    johnbarley2 Member

    Jan 19, 2013
    Biglia is old too. Blame Kranevitter for not living up to the hype.
    As of now I'm afraid of either Masch or Biglia starting as our DM.
     
  3. HollywoodHayat

    HollywoodHayat Member+

    Feb 11, 2013
    Yeah it will free up Messi and Banega. When you free either one of them, you have a good chance scoring. However, I wanna note that Enzo had a great counter attacking pass to Messi. That kind of quick passing in counters makes this Argentina unbeatable.
     
  4. argentine soccer fan

    Staff Member

    Jan 18, 2001
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Club:
    CA Boca Juniors
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    The Bosteros played well, the Gayinas played well, and the others as well. Hoy somos todos Argentinos. :)
     
  5. ilovefotball

    ilovefotball Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    europe
    TBH, it felt like Mascherano pushed Messi to do this. But I am not complaining because these things don’t come naturally to Messi and if he can be better on this with some guidelines from el jeficito, the team will only get better.
     
  6. Christina99

    Christina99 Member+

    Sep 22, 2013
    Buenos Aires
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    Messi was great today, Im glad
     
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  7. HollywoodHayat

    HollywoodHayat Member+

    Feb 11, 2013
    Can’t properly evaluate Sampaoli because I’m not sure he chose this system or the players influenced him to choose it. He gets a B for his subs though. Needed another striker and needed Pavon for Perez. I didn’t like the Meza for Di Maria sub but he almost won a pk again!
     
  8. locoxriver

    locoxriver Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 22, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    CA River Plate
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    Yeah, that Meza x Di Maria substitution when we needed GOALS was the ultimate cagon move, no doubt
     
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  9. wangballer

    wangballer Member

    Oct 11, 2016
    Masche doesn't have the legs anymore and certainly not the player he was in 2014. But can we take a moment to appreciate how much of a warrior this guy is? He finished the game with what looked like a massive cut to this face and kept pushing on. At this point dont think he even has the ability to play at this level anymore so hes purely gutting it out to squeeze every last bit in the tank
     
  10. Burr

    Burr Member+

    Boca Juniors
    Argentina
    Jul 8, 2014
    Tampa, FL
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's like he said in the interview before the cup he is going to die on the field, lol.
     
  11. Milwaukee Joe

    Milwaukee Joe Member

    Jun 23, 2018
    It's official. Football is bad for your health. That was so tense.

    Well done Argentina. Deserved the win, but it was close. The referee cheated us on the first penalty but maybe we got lucky with the second one, where the ball hit Rojo's hand. Not a penalty in my opinion but many refs would have given it, because Rojo was unchallenged and it's his mistake. That could easily have been given and we were out.

    Armani, fantastic, just brought a calmness that wasn't there before, and when called upon, made a big save, a save that saved us. I thought all our defence played well and they will all keep their spots. We looked much more secure today.

    Banega was incredible. So confident. World class from him today. He was the key man. I feel so happy for him. Mascherano had a poor game by his standards but he is still so important for this team, his spirit, his determination, his guts. Enzo? I thought he did okay, particularly first-half but he shouldn't be in this team, although I suspect he will start again against France. He works hard for the team.

    Gonzalo was disappointing. Messi still didn't get on the ball enough for me and for that reason I'd like to see a more creative player in Enzo's spot. Bringing Meza on was a big call from Sampaoli. It was a real show of faith, particularly with Dybala on the bench, but he wanted to keep width. This experience will really help Meza and Pavon, just being part of such a big occasion, and contributing to a win will help their confidence and make them feel they belong on this stage.

    Two great goals. Incredible scenes at the end and the fans were amazing. Thank you to everybody involved.
     
  12. Albiceleste2010

    Albiceleste2010 Member+

    Watford
    Argentina
    Jun 5, 2010
    Watford
    Club:
    Watford FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    Pavon does work back if asked to. He has that to his game.
     
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  13. Burr

    Burr Member+

    Boca Juniors
    Argentina
    Jul 8, 2014
    Tampa, FL
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  14. Pekerman

    Pekerman Member+

    May 20, 2006
    Pavon is great
    Meza is bad
    Lo celso should start instead of enzo

    By the way so happy the defense didn't play let's pass the ball in the back and instead just kicked it into orbit
     
  15. cigar_city

    cigar_city Member+

    Jun 20, 2005
    Likely where I should NOT be...
    Club:
    Newell s Old Boys
    Speaking of talking SH1T - Tanguito Banega waiting for his apology from a bunch of you muuueeerrrtooooos…. like YOU

    ;)
     
  16. soul24rage

    soul24rage Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    damn, i really hope he's ok
     
  17. Buffonfan

    Buffonfan Member

    Jun 26, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    So we got this, I was sobbing already when Nigeria got that free kick that tied us, but Argentina make it through.

    Andddd we have to face France (which France said they rather face us than face Croatia). What can Argentina improve on so we can beat France? How high is the chances of us beat France? I would love to see Argentina in the quarter-finals.

    We lost to France in the last meet, which was the international friendly right?
     
  18. cigar_city

    cigar_city Member+

    Jun 20, 2005
    Likely where I should NOT be...
    Club:
    Newell s Old Boys
    THIS WAS FU(KING HILARIOUS!
     
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  19. Pekerman

    Pekerman Member+

    May 20, 2006
    No free kick. Penal. Fake cheap one at that. Never seen this shit given what a joke
     
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  20. locoxriver

    locoxriver Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 22, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    CA River Plate
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    Lol I admit, I gave him shit, but the thing is he is the most inconsistent player in the planet. He’ll play a game like todays, and then be the worst player on the pitch for the next 5. Hopefully he continues like this though, because he can be the decisive factor when he’s on
     
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  21. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
  22. aerez

    aerez Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    That was a complete joke and then those Nigerians begging for another one in the second half. Nigeria played average today.
     
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  23. locoxriver

    locoxriver Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 22, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    CA River Plate
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
  24. HollywoodHayat

    HollywoodHayat Member+

    Feb 11, 2013
    Average? They were down 1, minutes away from being eliminated, and somewhat decided to park the bus without attempting any shot on Argentina’s goal until their pk. Thats not average, thats undeserving. Heck even Iran had a better performance against Portugal than the way those Nigerians played today.
     
  25. Pekerman

    Pekerman Member+

    May 20, 2006
    That's because we made them our little bitch all game long. They got dominated in the first half. That penalty gave them a chance.

    Finally we will not have to play with other teams that just need a point or something. Today felt like trying to disarm a bomb with a gun to your head.
     
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