Group B – Match 6 (June 20, 2015)
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile
People expected Argentina to replicate their 1998 World Cup performance against Jamaica, where they score five past the Reggae Boyz. This time though, they could only score once. Other than Higuaín’s early goal, the only highlight of the match was Messi’s 100th cap for Argentina, and Jamaica’s 10-man defence, which they will probably carry on to the upcoming Gold Cup.
Argentina scored almost immediately after the start, as Messi played in Gonzalo Higuaín, only to shoot wide. Higuaín compensated by scoring in the 11th minute, , turning away from a defender after receiving a pass from Ángel di María, and sending the ball to the right bottom corner of the net. The forward almost doubled his goal tally as tried to loop the ball over Dwayne Miller, but it hit the bar. Shots came pouring in at Jamaican goalkeeper Miller from then on, and he made some good saves to deny the Argentines a second goal.
Gerardo Martino brought on Udinese winger Roberto Pereyra at the hour mark, in lieu of Javi Pastore, who was booked in the 1st half. Pereyra was coming off of a season on-loan with Juventus in their title-winning Serie A season, and he put up a decent show. Higuaín and di María were later substituted with Tevez and Lamela respectively.
Pablo Zabaleta is set to miss Argentina’s next match because of suspension, as he picked up a late yellow card. Facundo Roncaglia will probably deputise at right-back for Argentina in the quarter-finals. In the other match for Group B, Uruguay and Paraguay played out a 1-1 draw, which means Paraguay finished 2nd and Uruguay finished 3rd. Uruguay qualifies as one of the best-placed 3rd ranked teams, while Paraguay qualifies automatically. The Group C ranking will be decided today as all teams are locked on 3 points. Even if Brazil qualify, they will be missing Neymar, as he is on a 4-match suspension.
Group C Match5: Colombia vs Peru (live at Sony Kix from 00:15 IST)
Group C Match6: Brazil vs Venezuela (live at Sony Kix from 02:30 IST)