Argentina prove too strong for Peru (video)

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Lavezzi, Aguero and Palacios provide ample cover for missing Messi

Minus, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina put in another display of attacking football to blow away Peru in El Monumental. Despite going behind to a Claudio Pizarro lob, Argentina roared back and were quickly back in front, thanks to a Ezequiel Lavezzi brace. Rodrigo Palacios added a third early in the second half and Argentina eased to yet another victory and maintain an unbeaten run which dates back to September 11, 2011, currently the longest run in International football.

Argentina’s formidable form continued last night and once again proved that there is much more to the side than Lionel Messi. The attacking trio of Sergio Aguero, Rodrigo Palacios and Ezequiel Lavezzi provided more than enough threat and could have added more to the scoreline on another night.

Peru actually shocked El Monumental by taking the lead after 20 minutes and perhaps highlighted the defence weakness of this strong Argentina side. A fairly innocuous long ball put Claudio Pizarro through on goal and as Sergio Romero ran to the edge of the box, the Bayern Munich striker, lobbed the ball over his head and into the net. A fine finish from Peru’s captain but all too easy from an Argentine point of view.

The lead didn’t last long but it wasn’t a piece of beautiful attacking play that did the damage. A corner from the left was headed on goal by centre back, Federico Fernández and although goalkeeper, Diego Penny kept it out, Ezequiel Lavezzi was on hand to smash in the rebound.

In the 34th minute it was the best of Argentina that created the second. A swift passing move freed Rodrigo Palacios down the right and his cut back found Lavezzi to slide in his second of the game and restore usual order.

Minutes into the second half, Argentina ensured victory with another well crafted goal. Aguero released full-back, Marcos Rojo and his cross was flicked in by Inter Milan’s, Rodrigo Palacios.

Argentina could probably have added more but what they did prove is that there are goals in this team even without Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain. They have guaranteed top spot ahead of the final qualification game with Uruguay on Tuesday.

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