Sudamericano Sub 20: Argentina finally impress

Gabriel Funes Mori celebrates his penalty to give Argentina an early lead against Brazil

Argentina’s Under 20s finally looked a competent side in the Sudamericano Sub 20 on Sunday night, as they became the first side in the competition to beat their Brazilian counterparts, and shot themselves right back into contention for a London 2012 Olympic Games qualifying slot. Gabriel ‘don’t call me Rogelio’ Funes Mori opened the scoring from the penalty spot, and Juan Manuel Iturbe got the eventual winner with an absolute cracker. Brazil played a man down from the fifth minute. The highlights are right here.

Argentina have two matches left: on Wedesday against Uruguay, and against Colombia on Saturday. If they win both, they will secure qualification for the Olympic Football Tournament at London 2012 (and, depending on Brazil’s results, will be crowned the continental Under 20 champions). A point will be enough to make completely sure of participation in the Youth World Cup in Colombia later this year.

Sudamericano Sub 20 Peru 2011, final group stage, Sunday 6th February 2011: Argentina 2 – 1 Brazil

A note on Señorito Funes Mori’s name, by the way; it has recently been brought to my attention that, although the Argentine press – notably Olé and La Nación refer to the River Plate striker as Rogelio, the man himself apparently hates that name and prefers to be known by his other given name, Gabriel. I shall henceforth try to remember this.

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