Julio Olarticoechea’s Argentina Olympic side continued their preparation with a 3-1 win over Haití in Miami on Sunday afternoon thanks to goals from Mauricio Martínez, Ángel Correa and Giovanni Simeone.
The goalless draw with Colombia last Thursday showed signs of potential and while the clash with Haití at least provided goals it failed to really answer any questions that remain over whether this side can capture gold in Rio de Janeiro.
Manuel Lanzini was missing after suffering a knee injury in the draw with Colombia and Argentina wait to see if the West Ham midfielder will be fit for the start of the tournament. In his absence, Cristian Espinoza started in attack and the Huracán forward and Ángel Correa spurned almost identical opportunities in a rather flat opening.
The breakthrough came minutes before the interval when Jonathan Calleri, who had earlier had an effort ruled out for offside, crossed from the right leading to Mauricio Martínez slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
In the intense afternoon heat in Florida it was no surprise that the second half became a little ragged but it didn’t prevent full back José Luis Gómez from marauding up and down the wing.
Just as it did against Colombia the Lanús defender’s constant probing led to a penalty and following Calleri’s miss on Thursday, Ángel Correa was given the responsibility to double La Albiceleste’s lead.
Haití pulled a goal back when Argentina’s defence switched off somewhat and allowed Charles to tap in from close range but Giovanni Simeone came off the bench to reestablish the two-goal lead.
The 21-year-old, who looks set to sign for Serie A side Pescara, turned on the edge of the penalty box to curl a wonderful finish beyong Shelson Dorleans and into the top corner.
Argentina will travel to Puebla to face México next Thursday before the Olympic tournament begins and as Julio Olarticoechea expressed at full time, there is still plenty of work to be done.
Argentina 3 – 1 Haití