Matthew Hojaij

Playoffs

Lautaro Martínez scores at the end of the first stage, after a table by Molina and De Paul on the right. In the second half, Yotún had a great chance of a draw, but ended up on the crossbar.

Lautaro Martínez celebrates with his teammates the goal scored against Peru (Photo: Getty Images)

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Lautaro Martínez celebrates with his teammates the goal scored against Peru (Photo: Getty Images)

At the beginning of the match by South American Qualifiers, a Argentina started pressing the Peru in the attack field. After just two minutes, De Paul finished with danger, close to the goalkeeper Gallese’s crossbar. The Peruvian answer would come at six, in a free kick by Lapadula, defended by goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez.

At nine, Cristian Romero had a goal disallowed for offside and, at 21, Lapadula had Peru’s great chance, but ended up finishing weakly, stopping at Emiliano Martínez. At 24, De Paul raised to Di María, who finished off. Argentina’s goal came in the 43rd minute of the first stage.

After Molina’s table with De Paul on the right, Lautaro Martínez received a pass between the defenders and, at first, kicked hard, in the center of Gallese’s goal. In the second half, Peru was looking for the equalizer, while Argentina tried to maintain the same posture, and control the game through the exchange of passes.

On minute 17, the Peruvian team received a penalty, committed by Emiliano Martínez over Farfán. Yotún went to the collection, and caught a lot under the ball, sending it to the crossbar. The Argentines had one more chance to score in the 24th minute. In Messi’s free kick, Gallese made an important save.

In the final stretch of the game, Argentina saved enough to leave the field with the victory at Monumental de Núñez. In Santiago, Chile beat Venezuela 2-0, with two goals from Pulgar, and slightly improved their position on the leaderboard, getting closer to the G6.

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