Libertadores: Argentinos lose, but can still hope (video)

Pedro Troglio leads his charges off the pitch after a spirited defeat

In Mexico City, Argentinos Juniors were on Wednesday night playing in a stadium known (in my opinion fittingly) in Spanish as ‘mythical’ – the Estadio Azteca, the only ground to have hosted two World Cup finals. They were away to Club América, and early in the second half took a  1-0 lead thanks to yet another header from tiny little Franco Niell, who’s making something of a habit of embarrassing much taller markers in this year’s Copa. Goals from Argentine former Manchester City forward Matías Vuoso and Daniel Márquez, though, turned the game round and gave América a 2-1 win. Argentinos can still qualify – read on to find out how, and to watch the highlights.

Copa Libertadores 2011, Wednesday 6th April, Group 3

Club América (MEX) 2 – 1 Argentinos Juniors

With all teams having one match to go, Argentinos are currently second in the group, with seven points. They’re ahead of Nacional of Uruguay only on goal difference, whilst América are top on 9, and Brazilian champions Fluminense are fourth, on 5 points. Argentinos’ goal difference is +1, whilst Nacional’s is zero. As such, Argentinos will qualify for the knockout stages by getting the same (or a better) result in their match in two weeks’ time at home to Fluminense as Nacional do at home to América. Of course if they lose, they’ll be out – either at the expense of Nacional, should the Uruguayans win, or Fluminense themselves if the Montevideo side fail to take all three points.

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