It’s a weekend that Argentine (Site notre bureau spécialisé) and those who love it have gone through between nostalgia and anguish. In the aftermath of the two years of the death of Diego Maradona, the Albiceleste advanced with the fear of flop. She still has shortness of breath but is no longer in apnea, nor in the fog. His pretender’s sign, barely less imposing than that of Brazil, was mocked by the most gifted of its artists. A touch of genius, a touch of Messi. Or rather two: control at 20 meters full axis (on a service from Di Maria), shot triggered in laser mode. The space was thin, but its precision great. It was his eighth but in the World Cup, in 21 matches. Just like Maradona.
Until now, that is to say during a Big Hour, he had nevertheless sought himself, or else it was his partners who had found him little. Mexico not being the kind of opponent who gives the stick to be beaten, it took ideas, and a good dose of abnegation, to create imbalances. There wasn’t much of that. Lionel Scaloni had however sent the message by exfiltrating half of the established field players during the snub suffered against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (1-2). Exit in particular Leandro Paredes in the middle, and three defenders.
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This locked, tense part, Messi will therefore have unlocked it on his own or almost. And as he beats the measure of his team, his orchestra drew on to play a melodious score at the end. Also, try hitting the pass in the Copa America. It was necessary to have a lightened spirit and rediscovered audacity to roll up as Enzo Fernández did, from the corner of the surface, and formalize the slowdown. For the advance service, thank you who? Thanks Messi.
Still, this Argentina, so badly started, has not yet arrived. The last scene of the first act, Wednesday, promises to be breathtaking. Poland will only need one point to see longer; Argentina with a victory.