Fernando Batista has had little time to work with the Under-20s since his appointment as head coach but Bocha has assembled a talented group for this year’s Sudamericano and warmed up for the tournament with a 1-0 win over hosts Chile on Friday.
PSV striker Maxi Romero scored the only goal of the game late on latching on to a fine assist from 17-year-old Thiago Almada, who had also been introduced as a second half substitute. The two Vélez Sarsfield youth products linking up to great effect and perhaps signalling a promising relationship as Batista still fine tunes his starting eleven.
Without Boca Juniors defender Leonardo Balerdi, who is expected to travel to Germany before the start of the tournament to complete a €16 million transfer to Borussia Dortmund, Argentina defended well with Nehuén Pérez marshalling the back four.
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