An Argentina rejuvenated and without its cadres whose Leo Messi was held in check by Colombia during a friendly organized near New York. For its part, Brazil did not do it in detail by beating Salvador with Richarlison’s first start and the goals of Parisians Neymar and Marquinhos.
Without Messi or her executives, a rejuvenated but promising Argentina made a draw against Colombia on Tuesday in a friendly game in the United States.
Imprecision in the final pass, a lack of success and goaltenders in a big night deprived the 35,000 spectators of the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, near New York of goals.
After changing coaches following their elimination in the eighth round of the worlds, both teams are under construction, led by temporary workers, who are the U23 selectors.
In the first half, Exequiel Palacios, then Gustavo Martinez, both of River Plate, had some nice shots, deflected in corner by parades of David Ospina. A little later, Inter Mauro’s forward missed a face-to-face with David Ospina.
Led by Monegasque Falcao, in the absence of James Rodriguez and Gerry Mina, the Colombians raised their level of play in the second half.
Falcao could have opened the scoring but Argentine goalkeeper Franco Armani won the duel.
In the 67th minute, Quintero sent a nice pass to Bacca, but Armani signed a class outing at the Colombian’s feet.
“Beyond the result, I am happy, the boys have wet the Jersey,” said Argentina’s coach Lionel Scaloni, who had led his players to the victory against Guatemala (3-0) on Thursday.
Quiet as Brazil
For his first start, Richarlison scored two goals in Brazil’s 5-0 win over El Salvador, with Neymar and Marquinhos also scoring in a friendly on Tuesday in Landover, Maryland.
The Seleçao, winner of the United States 2-0 on Friday, opened the scoring in the 4th minute thanks to a penalty from his star forward Neymar, after a foul in the penalty area of Roberto Dominguez on Richarlison.
The star of Paris SG played the entire match. With his 59th goal in 92 caps, he is only three lengths from Ronaldo (62), second in the history of Brazilian scorers dominated by the legendary Pelé (77).
Brazil doubled the lead in the 16th minute thanks to Richarlison, who took back a center behind Neymar. The team lined up by Titine, close to its best configuration, outrageously dominated the debates and added a third goal through Philippe Coutinho (30).
The centre forward of FC Barcelona then dished out a pass for Richarlison’s second goal: Everton’s star rookie cheated the Salvadoran goalkeeper at point-blank range, shortly after the dressing rooms returned (50).
Marquinhos finished the Brazil night off with a fifth and final goal by picking up a corner fired by the omnipresent Neymar (90).