Argentina takes advantage of Venezuela's second defense in quarterfinals

Argentina takes advantage of Venezuela's second defense in quarterfinals
To challenge history and knock out Argentina, Venezuela had made its central defenses of the first choice.

When coach Rafael Dudamel took over a little over three years ago, which gave him the defensive pace he needed. More recently, Yordan Osorio has arrived as well as his partner. Both excelled in the goalless draw last week against Brazil. Both missed in Maracana, Villanueva with fever and Osorio with muscle problems, and cost them a 2-0 defeat.

His absence made a difference. Argentina settled quickly and forced Venezuela's second-line defense seemed uncomfortable at all times. Something had to give, and after not being able to deal with another in the alluvium of corners, Sergio Agüero fired again in the penalty area and Lautaro Martinez scored with an intelligent play.

Forced to pursue the game, Venezuela really could have done it without a mistake from their young goalkeeper, Wuilker Farinez, who has not had such a good tournament. It was the last 20 minutes, and Farinez could have been distracted by the need to distribute quickly. But he could not stop Agüero's shot and replaced Giovani Lo Celso and the last four, and the place in the last four.

From this point, the result was never in doubt. However, in both goals, Venezuela was right in the game, playing its way into the contest and causing concern to Argentina.

Argentina, moving slowly towards some kind of concurrent means of using the talent at its disposal, discovered that it is not easy to play against Martinez, Agüero and Lionel Messi against an opponent that offers a significant danger. The three can not stay tall; one must retreat and help with defensive tasks, or else the equipment can be overcome. For much of the game, Agüero tried to make an extra turn, and coach Lionel Scaloni tried to help him with a high line, which reduced the amount of distance that Agüero had run back.

The individual talent of the Venezuelan attackers ended up forcing the line more deeply, and Argentina became more disconnected. Scaloni threw Juan Foyth in the background. The young center of Tottenham was asked to play on the right side, against the rhythm of the Darwin Machis end. Foyth was defeated by speed, but he was saved with good timing at the tackle, but he was walking on a tight rope. The slightest error would lead to a penalty, and there was a time when the video referee took a look at his challenges.

In the picture, the great Salomon Rondon always beat Nicolas Otamendi, but Venezuela did not get enough players. Once Yangel Herrera arrived, and in the second half, Venezuela lost the push of Herrera. Concerned that central defender Luis Mago was close to a red card, Dudamel replaced him and Herrera was forced to abandon the defense. Rondon lost his best support option.

Concerned that he was losing the midfield battle, Scaloni replaced Martinez with Angel Di Maria, hoping to take advantage of opportunities in the counterattack. Lo Celso replaced Marcos Acuna in an attempt to keep the midfield more compact and enjoy a more controlled possession; It takes only six minutes for Lo Celso to be the second goal.

The semifinal place and that successful substitute is the only thing that goalkeeper Franco Armani had a good game, catch well his crosses and make a couple of smart blocks. Argentina, then, kept two consecutive clean sheets and won two consecutive games without decisive contributions from Messi. If you can do something similar.