The Great Fall and Failure of The Argentines

17 Jul

– By Cole O’Brien, writing from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.

Today marked the defeat of a team seemingly devoid of a Ballon d’ Or winner, by a team whose victory has been shadowed by the under achievements of Argentina. Going into the match nothing but a victory from Argentina was expected. Yet even from the start of the match many feared an upset after Diego Perez netted a goal for Uruguay in the 19th minute. Of course, it didn’t take long for the home team to find an opening and return an equalizer. The game was played for 120 minutes until it came down to penalties. After Lionel Messi’s initial goal Argentina netted three more times before Carlos Tevez’s powerful shot was blocked. That spelled the end for the team who was major favourites to win the Copa America on home soil and win it’s first major trophy in eighteen years.

This defeat will fall on the shoulders of Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez. Two players who perform excellent for country, but who fail to find form for their home country. Lionel Messi’s honor as 2011 Ballon d’ Or recipient will be greatly questioned after this campaign by Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo’s great performance against LA Galaxy the same day. Tomorrow morning we will see the Messi and company ripped apart by the world press as they reflect on the horrible performance by the country of blue. Never would we have expected Argentina to exit the tournament so early.

To their credit, Argentina did dominate the match, keeping possession of the ball for immense stretches of time. Yet, they failed to convert in their opponent’s eighteen. Yet, the credit should be all given to Uruguay. A team who showed their steel against the favourites to end up winning the match. Most teams would’ve cowered in front of a team full of stars from across the globe.

Now Uruguay will face Peru in the semi-finals. If Uruguay can pull out a win against a team who pulled off an upset also, they will progress to the finals with now favourites, Brazil.


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