Argentina Under-20s suffer surprise defeat to India but progress to COTIF semi finals (VIDEO)


Argentina’s semi final clash against Uruguay was already set but a much changed starting eleven by Lionel Scaloni for the final group game saw the Under-20s not only concede for the first time in L’Alcúdia but suffer defeat to an already eliminated India.

First choice goalkeeper Jerónimo Pourteu hadn’t been beaten up to this point but his replacement for the dead-rubber Leonardo Díaz gifted India an early lead. A looping header at a corner should have been easily held by the young River keeper but slipped through his grasp and over the line for an embarrassing opener.

Argentina had the majority of play thereafter but struggled to create clear opportunities and even after Indian forward Aniket was sent off for an arm in the face of Federico Gattoni, the Albiceleste failed to make it count.

In fact, Scaloni’s side found themselves further behind. Díaz was unquestionably at fault for India’s first but could do nothing against the quality of Anwar Ali’s long range strike to double the lead.

Alan Marinelli swiftly pulled a goal back cutting in from the left to fire a right-footed shot into the top corner but Argentina were unable to find an equaliser. Nazareno Colombo headed against the crossbar in the desperate push but India held on for a famous win.

There is no time to dwell on the result as Argentina play Uruguay on Monday for a place in the final, where either Venezuela or Russia would await.

Argentina: Leonardo Díaz; Francisco Alvarez, Fausto Vera, Nazareno Colombo, Federico Gattoni; Matías Rosales, Francesco Lo Celso, Matías Palacios, Alan Marinelli; Facundo Colidio, Rodrigo Pasquini.

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