It is still early days but the first success in the new era of Argentina’s youth teams could be around the corner as the under-15s cruised into the final of the Campeonato Sudamericano with a convincing 4-1 win over Peru in San Juan.
Former Argentina left back Diego Placente took over the side as part of the widespread changes following Jorge Sampaoli’s appointment and Los Pibes attacking brand of football has seen Argentina march through unbeaten, leaving only Brazil in their path.
After sweeping through Group A with three wins and two draws to finish top, Argentina were clear favourites against Peru on Friday and eventually that quality shone through.
Atlético de Rafaela centre forward Matías Godoy pounced on a loose ball to rifle Argentina ahead and although José Huayhua almost immediately pulled Peru level, Los Pibes reacted in impressive fashion.
On the stroke of half time, Lanús’ Franco Orozco’s clever run into the penalty box was clumsily halted by a Peruvian defender and Godoy stepped up to wrong foot the goalkeeper and reestablish the lead.
Shortly after the break, Argentina’s captain and Newell’s Old Boys academy product, Juan Sebastián Sforza headed a third and not long after, a corner from the opposite side was powerfully headed in by Belgrano’s Bruno Amione.
Head coach Placente and one of his tournament assistants Pablo Aimar know all about winning at youth level and on Sunday evening, this young side could lift Argentina’s first under-15 Sudamericano.