Argentina vs Uruguay – Game Commentary

After 17 WC qualifying games it all comes down to tonight.

Argentina vs Uruguay. In Montevideo.

In the legendary Centenario stadium.

With both teams needing a good result to qualify to the World Cup.

On the surface it seems that the pressure is really on Uruguay, as they need the win to qualify directly and are playing at home.

Argentina can still survive and still qualify to the world cup with a tie tonight.

And it appears that because of that Maradona will have a defensive minded lineup on the field tonight.

Argentina will have yet another different lineup in their last WC qualifier.

Maradona is going with 4 center-backs in the backline. A very unusual and senseless move to say the least.

Otamendi is going to play in the right-back position for the first time in his career and in his 3rd game ever with the national team.

Demichelis is back in the lineup as are Schiavi and Heinze.

That is Argentina’s backline.

A 21 year old player with 2 national team appearances playing out of position tonight.

A less than fit, out of form Demichelis.

And two mediocre, past their prime defenders like Schiavi & Heinze.

The midfield will have Jonas Gutierrez & Mascherano with defensive duties.

Veron will be given the responsibility, again, of leading Argentina’s attack.

And Di Maria will be on the left side of the midfield to help with the play buildup and protect his zone defensively.

Messi & Higuian will be upfront but in reality they will spend alot of time moving close to the midfield, attempting to have contact with the ball.

Isn’t all of this bizarre?

Is this as bad a starting lineup as there could possibly be for such an important, final, do or die, WC qualifier?

Tonight’s game is a historical one regardless of the result.

Argentina & Uruguay were the first to build the football greatness of South America with great teams, great players and of course, great games.

They played in the first Olympic Games Final, the first World Cup Final, played against each other in and won alot of Copa America’s going back to the first one held.

And there is alot of history between each countries club teams.

Argentina-Uruguay was the first and true South American clasico even though its been overshadowed now by the Argentina-Brasil rivalry.

It’s worth noting that Brasil did not become a football power in South America until the late 1950’s.

Uruguay has a long history of overcoming adversity and winning games in the most difficult of circumstances.

The garra/toughness that Uruguay is known for is no myth. They have a long history that backs it up.

I must be honest, I am bracing myself for the possibility of a defeat and elimination tonight.

This team, this manager, has not given me any cause for optimism.

So, what will happen tonight?

Will Messi finally do something magical?

Will Palermo come off the bench and save Argentina again?

Will an unexpected hero give Argentina the win?

What do you all think?

How are you feeling about tonight’s game?

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– UPDATE –

The players are on the field. The national anthems are being played.

VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!!!!!!!!!!

AGUANTE EL FUTBOL ARGENTINO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

– UPDATE –

Argentina is wearing an away shirt of a color never worn before, a darker color than normal.

– UPDATE –

Game is under way.

– UPDATE –

5th minute

No Score

Uruguay is attacking, they had two clear scoring opportunities already.
The Argentina backline is struggling already.

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8th minute

No Score

Heinze receives yellow card for a rough, unnecessary foul.

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15th minute

No Score

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16th minute

No Score

Otamendi receives yellow card. Two defenders now with yellow cards.

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20th minute

No Score

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25th minute

No Score

Uruguay is alot closer to scoring a goal than Argentina is.

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30th minute

No Score

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35th minute

No Score

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36th minute

Maradona keeps telling Heinze to stay calm

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40th minute

No Score

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45th minute

No Score

2 additional minutes

– UPDATE –

HALFTIME

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

– UPDATE –

HALFTIME

Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

– UPDATE –

If both games end in a tie, Argentina will qualify to the World Cup and Uruguay will play a CONCACAF team for the last qualifying spot.

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As expected, a hard fought game with little football.

Uruguay has had the best and most goal scoring opportunities but was not able to score.

At this point, I suppose that Argentina is in control and can play more calmly and intelligently. We’ll see how Uruguay handles the pressure of having to win in the second half.

Uruguay might leave more spaces in their half of the field which Argentina could exploit.

A long 45 minutes remain.

– UPDATE –

The Argentina players are back on the field.

No substitutions.

– UPDATE –

Second half under way.

– UPDATE –

50th minute

No Score

– UPDATE –

Chile 1-0 Ecuador

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55th minute

No Score

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60th minute

No Score

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65th minute

No Score

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70th minute

No Score

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72nd minute

Demichelis the best player in the backline tonight. Schiavi & Heinze should not wear the Argentina shirt any more.

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75th minute

Monzon is coming in the game. Di Maria is OUT.

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79th minute

Bolatti is coming in the game.

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80th minute

Bolatti IN. Higuain OUT.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

– UPDATE –

84th minute

Bolatti with the goal

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86th minute

Tevez IN. Messi OUT

– UPDATE –

87th minute

Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

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FINAL SCORE

Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

ARGENTINA QUALIFIES TO THE WORLD CUP!!!!!!!!

ARGENTINA QUALIFIES TO THE WORLD CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE NIGHTMARE IS OVER……….FOR NOW………

MARADONA PLEASE LEAVE

MARADONA LEAVE IN A DIGNIFIED MANNER WHILE YOU CAN

LEAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TE AMO ARGENTINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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13 Responses to Argentina vs Uruguay – Game Commentary

  1. Chris says:

    im not sure what to think anymore man….
    the way they walked out after Saturdays match,
    and the way they were greeted in Uruguay and at the Hotel, just seemed as if their whole spirit was gone, and no motivation or hunger to win this match.
    hopefully im wrong, but im so nervous right now.

  2. marcelo says:

    Im so bloody nervous atm…i just hope we can atleast get a draw. maradona has again put on a wrong team on the pitch but i think were all still hopefull that the guys playing will give their all!

  3. clist123abc says:

    Your analysis is spot on. Whenever I think about the lineup i get headaches. This is a pivotal game for this squad – can they come together and gel as a team in one of the most hostile environments around? THese types of games create team unity or destroy self confidence.

    Diego’s limited in what he can send out there (given his dumbfounding call ups) but I’d have opted for a 5-4-1 which changes into 5-3-2 on counterattacks with Messi on the right wing pushing forward along with Di Maria on the Left and Veron in the middle supporting Higuain.

    Somehow i get the feeling that the most important Argentinian will be the one leading Chile. If Bielsa fires his team up and goes for a win the AFA should send him a big “Thank you” note.

  4. Damian says:

    Te AMO ARGENTINA. HOY GANAMOS. ALBICELESTE!!!!

  5. Chris says:

    heinze got very lucky he didn’t just get red carded…. damn, this guy needs to go !!!!!!!!!!

  6. ArgenPool says:

    First 45 minutes we look in control after a shaky opening 6 or 7 minutes, but no scoring chances and we still look less than confident when being pressed back. Still lacking that Riquelme link between teh midfield and forwards, Di Maria looks promising on the ball but final product not there.

    Cant see us keeping a clean sheet though still, gonna be an interesting 45 minutes to come!!

  7. ArgenPool says:

    GET IN LAD!!!!!
    Bring on 2010, what a great result this will be!!!!

    Sadly Diego still has to go though….

  8. Humbird says:

    Will we be a seeded team?

  9. Hoghes says:

    They seem to have played relatively better than in their other games. Maradona has to go, let’s just hope the team has enough time to get back together before the WC. Other than that, I would have preferred if they left Messi in on those last five minutes, for the honor more than anything.

  10. Humbird says:

    Gracias Diego !!!! Ahora andate.

  11. marcelo says:

    VAMOS ARGENTINA CARAJO!!!

  12. utsav says:

    WOW!!!! GREAT WIN. VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!!!!!!!!!! OUR BELOVED ARGENTINA WILL BE THER IN SOUTH AFRICA. WOW I M SO EXCITED. ITS PARTY TIME HERE.I JUST WANT TO SAY WE ARE GOING TO WIN NEXT YEAR WORLD CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. dimitry says:

    relief…Relief….RELIEF!!! u cant even unerstand how tensed we were in India abt this!! in spite of worshipping Diego from an early age, his call-ups defied all logic! his ego tussle with Riquelme is proving costly for the team…Veron, Schiavi, Otamundi…wat are these guys doing here?! where’s cambiasso, aguero, datolo, zanetti, (lisandro) lopez & samuel?!
    wataver brother…GANAMOR!!! we can now look fwd to FIFA 2010 in peace and not fear a barren WC for us! let’s just hope Diego leaves the job of coaching to someone else and stays just as the mercurial figurehead of the team!

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