Argentina under-20s came from behind three times to salvage a draw against Uruguay in the South American Championship and ensure that both sides remain unbeaten but also without a win in the tournament.
After two disappointing draws on the opening day, the two favourites from Group B were desperate for a win and if the clásico del Río de la Plata needed any extra spice it certainly got it.
Just as they did against Peru, Argentina fell behind early when Uruguay captain Rodrigo Amaral unleashed a fierce left footed shot from 25 yards that whistled past Ramiro Macagno into the top corner.
Once more Argentina were struggling for fluency and despite bringing in Julián Chicco and adding an extra striker in the form of Boca Juniors’ Marcelo Torres, Claudio Úbeda’s side were unable to take a foothold in the game.
However, midway through the first half, Torres proved just why Úbeda had brought him in to partner Lautaro Martínez in attack. A long ball over the top was expertly plucked out of the sky by the Boca striker and after cutting inside Agustín Rogel he rolled the ball into the bottom corner.
Argentina would scarcely have deserved to be level at the break and in stoppage time a clumsy challenge by Santiago Ascacibar ensured that they weren’t. The Estudiantes midfielder tripped Facundo Waller and Nicolás De La Cruz made no mistake from the penalty spot following his failed panenka in Uruguay’s opener.
Uruguay looked satisfied to protect their lead after half time and it allowed Argentina to push forward in numbers. Tomás Conechny was introduced and the San Lorenzo youngster immediately had an impact with a series of dangerous set pieces.
With fifteen minutes remaining, Conechny swung in a corner from the left and Torres rose to power a header into the top corner and bring Argentina level again.
It was Los Pibes who now sensed victory but Nicolás Zalazar gifted the initiative back to Uruguay when he conceded a second penalty of the game. Atlético Madrid striker Nicolás Schiappacasse tucked it away and with ten minutes remaining Argentina looked in trouble.
Juventus-bound Rodrigo Bentancur foolishly got himself sent off and sparked some fierce touchline arguments but the man advantage certainly gave Argentina momentum in the closing stages.
With the match creeping into stoppage time, another Conechny corner caused panic and Lautaro Martínez was on hand to nod in a dramatic equaliser.
Argentina face Bolivia on Monday and despite avoiding defeat against Uruguay, a victory is vital.