Uruguay 0 Argentina 0: Same old problems rear head in clásico stalemate but new attack built around Messi, Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi has devastating potential
There are few rivalries in world football that can match the Clásico del Rio de la Plata for history and drama but after over 190 official meetings between Argentina and Uruguay, Thursday evening’s World Cup qualifier failed to live up to its billing, as a typically dogged Celeste successfully stifled Jorge Sampaoli’s embryonic side.
A point helped neither side in a South American qualification process that is becoming uncomfortably tight with only three matches to play but when the clásico craved creativity it was instead met with midfield attrition.
“Not winning leaves a bitter taste in the mouth,” Sampaoli said in his post-match press conference.
“We didn’t expect Uruguay to play so deep, their intention was clear. We had control and were looking for the space to generate attack but we must be more aggressive in the final third,” the Argentina coach warned, having previously stated that failure to win in Montevideo meant his side would need maximum points from their final three matches.
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