Argentina 3 – 0 Bolivia

Argentina’s new target man?

Apologies for the lateness of the posting, I’ve been without internet for most of the weekend. Juan Román Riquelme inspired Argentina to a 3-0 brushing aside of Bolivia in the Monumental on Saturday evening, netting twice himself in the second half after Sergio Agüero had opened the scoring before the break.

Riquelme’s second – Argentina’s third – was the best goal of the match, set up in thrilling fashion by Lionel Messi, who picked the ball up near the halfway line and tore through the Bolivian team in a manner reminiscent of that goal for Barcelona against Getafe in last season’s Copa del Rey. Entering the area, when everyone expected a shot, Messi instead picked out Riquelme, who smashed the ball high in at the angle.

Riquelme had already seen a free kick saved by the Bolivian ‘keeper by that point (who subsequently ‘celebrated as if he’d scored a goal,’ according to Olé), but wasn’t to be denied ultimately, and nor were Argentina. Playing without the injured Hernán Crespo but with an attacking trio of Carlos Tevez, Agüero and Messi, it was Riquelme who ghosted into the area and took up the position of the classic number 9, Riquelme who finished in the same manner – and Riquelme who’s Argentina’s leading goalscorer of Alfio Basile’s current managership, with nine goals.

Argentina travel to Colombia today for Tuesday’s match in Bogotá, which it’s fair to say will be a little trickier than Saturday’s, not withstanding the thrashing Argentina handed out to Colombia in the Copa América. Questions about the target man may or may not have been answered by their playmaker’s goalscoring exploits, but with maximum points and an as yet unbeaten defence from their first three matches, there can’t be too much to complain about right now…

Argentina 3 – 0 Bolivia

Agüero: Argentina 1 – 0 Bolivia

Riquelme: Argentina 2 – 0 Bolivia (55th min)

Riquelme: Argentina 3 – 0 Bolivia (72nd min)

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