Diego Placente was part of an Argentina under-20 side that lifted the World Cup in 1997 but on Sunday evening, the former left back led La Albicelete’s under-15s to a first ever Campeonato Sudamericano title after coming from two-down to defeat Brazil.
Having scored freely in the group stage and winning 4-1 against Peru in the semi final, Argentina have had no difficulty in finding the net during the tournament but struggled to breakdown an excellent Brazil side during the first half.
Instead it was Los Pibes’ poor defending from a free kick that allowed Caio Pinto to flick the ball past goalkeeper Rocco Ríos Novo from close range.
When San Lorenzo’s Francisco Flores poked the ball into his own net two minutes into the second half, Argentina’s hopes of lifting a first ever Sudamericano looked slim.
However, Matías Palacios rifled a goal back almost immediately, beating the goalkeeper at his near post and minutes later Argentina were level.
Lanús’ Franco Orozco got down the left and his cut back was expertly dispatched by the talented Matías Godoy.
With the championship in the balance it was decided with barely five minutes remaining. An Argentina corner on the left was floated into the penalty area and just as he did against Peru, Belgrano’s Bruno Amione rose to powerfully head the ball into the net.
Diego Placente has had little time to work with the group but the former left back and assistant Pablo Aimar know all about winning titles at youth level. The pair were world champions in 1997 and after years of failure since the golden age that Placente and Aimar were a part of, the under-15s victory is a welcome boost for La Albiceleste.