Australia inflict a third defeat and send Argentina U17s home early from World Cup (VIDEO)

mundial-sub-17-2109287

After the two one-sided defeats to México and Germany, Argentina’s under-17s needed a victory over Australia in their final Group C match to even have a chance of claiming one of the best third placed finishes and qualification for the knockout stages. Despite having this at stake, Miguel Ángel Lemme’s youngsters produced a third consecutive lacklustre performance and were once again punished. Nicholas Panetta scored either side of half time to give Australia a two-goal lead and although captain Tomás Conechny pulled one back from the penalty spot, Los Pibes could not salvage a point, let alone the desired victory. Defeat means Argentina fall at the group stages, just as their under-20 counterparts did in New Zealand, and after failing to even score a goal from open play, it is a damning record for Lemme. With AFA elections lying ahead, major changes are needed in the structure of Argentine youth football if they are to regain their place at the top of the world game.

Argentina  1 – 2  Australia

In Group C’s other match, the impressive Mexican youngsters defeated Germany 2-1 to take top spot as both sides qualify for the next round. Australia with four points will join them as one of the best third placed teams.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.