Published on 01:58 PM, September 08, 2018

Youthful Argentina impress in friendly

Argentina's Giovani Lo Celso (L) vies for the ball with Guatemala's Frank de Leon during their international friendly at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Friday. Photo: AFP

A youthful Argentina recorded a 3-0 win against Guatemala that saw many players impressed in an international friendly at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Friday.

The first half saw a quick and a very pressing Argentina side. Giovanni Simeone had the first real opportunity of the match. The ball fell to Simeone but the Fiorentina man’s header went over the bar. Minutes later, a free kick by Leandro Paredes found Ramiro Funes Mori as he was left unmarked but his header went wide of the goal.

Argentina’s first goal came off a penalty which was excellently dispatched by Lautaro Martinez in the 27th minute. That opened the floodgates for more goals. Giovani lo Celso made it 2-0 with a spectacular left-footed volley from the edge of the penalty area. That was his debut goal for his country and one of the better goals you’ll see this season.

Another player had a debut goal with Giovanni Simeone making it 3-0 right before the break. A lovely dribble inside the area and his shot beat the goalkeeper.