Argentina lead 1-0 against Ecuador in the first half


Ecuador has never beaten Argentina in the Copa America. The team is feeling how difficult it is to win against Argentina. The reigning champions led 1-0 in the first half on a day when Messi was given a chance in the playing XI.

Messi returned to Argentina’s eleven despite injury concerns. Di Maria lost his place in the team. However, defender Lisandro Martinez, who played for Manchester United, scored the only goal for Argentina in the match. Although Argentina is ahead in possession of the ball, Ecuador creates more chances to score. If they had a good finisher, Argentina would have been behind by at least 2 goals.

After six minutes of the match, Caicedo got the ball through the mistake of Argentina’s defense. A weak shot from just inside the D-box was easily palmed away by Amy Martinez.

Ecuador got another chance after 15 minutes of the match. This time they made a great attack from the right side. But Paez couldn’t beat goalkeeper Martinez despite cutting inside a defender with the ball.

In the 17th minute, Preciedo’s weak shot from Ener Valencia’s cross went over the bar.

Argentina created the first goal opportunity in the 26th minute of the match. Enzo Fernandez had the opportunity to head into the empty space from Molina’s great cross.

In the 33rd minute, Enzo Fernandez pulled the ball into the D-box from Messi’s great defense, but his shot was blocked by Ecuador’s defenders. Argentina gets a corner. Argentina finally got a goal from that corner.

Mac Alistair headed the ball to defender Lisandro Martinez from Messi’s corner. The Albicelesta went ahead 1-0 when Martinez headed the ball into the net from a floating ball.

In the 43rd minute of the match, Enzo Fernandez crossed the ball from the left side, but none of Argentina could touch it. If there are no more goals in the match, Argentina goes into the break with a lead in the first half.

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