Alvarez, Ferreira & Almendra fire Argentina past Honduras in U20 World Cup warm up (VIDEO)

Argentina under-20s completed their preparations in Benidorm ahead of their World Cup opener against South Africa next Saturday and thanks to a quick start from River Plate duo Julián Alvarez and Cristian Ferreira, La Albiceleste had too much for Honduras.

Alvarez was among the scorers in the friendly win over Villarreal B earlier in the week and the River forward scored from an acute angle following an Argentina counter to open the scoring after only three minutes.

Soon after, the lead was doubled and it was Alvarez’s River teammate Cristian Ferreira with what is rapidly becoming the 19-year-old’s trademark, a perfectly struck free-kick. Ferreira rescued a point against Alianza Lima in the Copa Libertadores earlier this year with a similar strike before adding another against Newell’s Old Boys in March and Argentina will be hoping that the River midfielder can bring that prowess to Poland in the coming weeks.

Fernando Batista made a number of changes during the second half to give the rest of his squad some playing time and in the 67th minute two of those introduced combined for Argentina’s third, Boca midfielder Agustín Almendra heading in from Tomás Chancalay’s corner.

Honduras pulled one back late on but Argentina travel to Poland with two decent friendly victories in the bag. Batista’s side kick off against South Africa next Saturday before Group F games against Portugal and South Korea.

Argentina XI: Manuel Roffo; Marcelo Weigandt, Nehuén Pérez, Facundo Medina, Francisco Ortega; Fausto Vera, Santiago Sosa, Cristian Ferreira; Pedro de la Vega, Julián Álvarez, Ezequiel Barco
Second half substitutes: Agustín Almendra, Tomás Chancalay, Gonzalo Maroni, Facundo Mura, Aníbal Moreno, Agustín Urzi, Adolfo Gaich


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