Argentina thrash Vietnam under-22s in final friendly before U20 World Cup (VIDEO)


Claudio Úbeda welcomed captain Santiago Ascacibar and striker Lautaro Martínez back into his starting eleven for Argentina under-20s final warm-up match ahead of their World Cup opener against England next Saturday and the result was an emphatic 5-0 win over Vietnam under-22s.

Santiago Colombatto opened the scoring with a sensational free kick and the Cagliari midfielder, who wasn’t included in Úbeda’s Sudamericano squad, looks likely to partner Ascacibar in central midfield in South Korea.

The second swiftly followed and it was another fine strike from distance by another player to have missed out on the Sudamericano as River Plate’s Exequiel Palacios expertly found the top corner.

Palacios tapped in his second on the stroke of half time to put La Albiceleste firmly in control.

After the break, Tomás Conechny was introduced and just as was the case in Ecuador, the San Lorenzo forward’s deliveries from corners proved dangerous and allowed club teammate Marcos Senesi to fire in the fourth from close range.

In the closing stages, Conechny crossed again from the left and after an initial header came back off the crossbar, Ezequiel Ponce smashed in the rebound to complete the rout.

Two victories in Vietnam have provided Argentina with a successful pre-tournament camp but it’s difficult to know how much their hosts have tested Claudio Úbeda’s young side. The World Cup opener against England on Saturday will be the real test.

Argentina: Franco Petroli; Gonzalo Montiel, Juan Foyth, Marcos Senesi, Milton Valenzuela; Santiago Colombatto, Santiago Ascacibar, Marcelo Torres (Tomás Conechny), Exequiel Palacios, Brian Mansilla (Lucas Rodriguez); Lautaro Martínez (Ignacio Méndez)

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