Qualification to the final stage of the Sudamericano and ultimately a place at the World Cup in India hangs in the balance for Argentina but Miguel Micó’s side at least gave themselves a chance after a 3-0 win over Peru on Tuesday evening.
Los Pibes had badly underperformed in their opening two matches and were deservedly beaten by Venezuela and Paraguay so to avoid the embarrassment of being the first side guaranteed of coming home early, victory over Peru was vital.
Yet to score a goal and desperate for three points, Micó opted for a more attacking line-up and handed Manchester City’s Benjamín Garré his first start of the tournament.
Despite dominating the early stages Argentina were still unable to register their first goal of the tournament but ten minutes before half time, the deadlock was broken.
Garré threaded the ball through to the dangerous Facundo Colidio and the Boca Juniors striker expertly clipped the ball over Fabrizio Salazar in the Peru goal.
Before Peru could regroup, Colidio had his second after stealing the ball off Eder Villalta and beating Salazar again when one-on-one.
With the result never really looking in doubt from that point on, Agustín Obando made absolutely sure with a thunderous long range strike just before the hour mark and Argentina were able to cruise to the full time whistle.
Micó’s side now have a wait until Saturday evening to play their final group game against Brazil, where another victory will most likely be needed.
Argentina 3 – 0 Peru