Argentina Boss Happy After Easy Win Over Iraq

Argentina Boss Happy After Easy Win Over Iraq
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Published October 12th, 2018 - 21:19 GMT via

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Lionel Scaloni
Lionel Scaloni

Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni said he was please with his side’s 4-0 victory over Iraq in Riyadh.

The South Americans, without star man Lionel Messi who has been rested for the two-match break in Saudi Arabia, easily saw off Iraq, thanks to goals from Lautaro Martinez, Roberto Pereyra, German Pezzella and Franco Cervi.

Inter Milan forward Martinez struck his first goal for his country to give Argentina the lead in the 18th minute at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd stadium.

Pereyra added the second goal in the 53rd before Pezzella and Cervi struck in the final eight minutes.

The friendly marked the return of goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who was forced out of this summer’s World Cup with a knee injury.

Scaloni said the focus of the two matches — they face Brazil at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah on Tuesday. — was on blooding younger players.

“I stressed our will to win the match, to attack non-stop and to keep scoring goals,” he said after 4-0 thrashing.
“It was a good test, we are happy with it.”

Regarding the clash against Brazil Scaloni joked: “We will park the bus, defend. “Actually we want to play well, fight for it, no doubt.”

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