Paraguay’s earlier win over Colombia had left Argentina under-17s in need of victory over Brazil by a margin of three goals to secure a place in the final round of the 2019 Sudamericano and thanks to a stoppage time goal from Belgrano’s Bruno Amione, Los Pibes secured a remarkable passage to the next stage.
There had been positives for Pablo Aimar’s young side but it looked as though defeat to Uruguay on the opening day would cost Argentina dearly when a hugely competitive Group B had left the Albiceleste in need of such a victory over Brazil.
Belief was clearly still strong and when Exequiel Zeballos was bundled over by Renan allowing striker Matías Godoy to score from the penalty spot after 35 minutes, Argentina sensed the required victory was possible.
A sluggish Brazil never really woke up and the impressive Matías Palacios made it two with a fine long range effort shortly after half time.
Denied a clear penalty for a foul on Godoy, Amione hitting the crossbar from close range and Brazil clearly a goal-bound shot from the line, it looked as though Argentina were to fall agonisingly short. However, Palacios’ deep cross in the 93rd minute was kept alive by Godoy and Amione was on hand to tap in from close range to spark wild celebrations.
Ultimately victory only meant a place in the final round but with a qualification for the under-17 World Cup up for grabs and the title still on the line, Aimar’s side can’t be ruled out. Five more games begin with a clash against hosts Peru on Tuesday.
April 2nd – Argentina vs Peru
April 5th – Argentina vs Uruguay
April 8th – Argentina vs Chile
April 11th – Argentina vs Paraguay
April 14th – Argentina vs Ecuador