Argentina defeated Uruguay two - nil to advance to the finals of the World Youth soccer championship in Tokyo on Tuesday (6 September).
Argentina defeated Uruguay two - nil to advance to the finals of the World Youth soccer championship in Tokyo on Tuesday (6 September). The Argentinians will now meet the Soviet Union in the final.
SYNOPSIS: The first half of the Argentina - Uruguay match was scoreless despite attempts by Uruguay to capitalise on some early mistakes by the Argentinians. Play itself was marred by a persistent rain which turned the pitch into a lake in places, and severely restricted the offensive play.
Uruguay is the reigning South American Soccer champions, so the match against Argentina was viewed as an almost South American championship.
In the second half it was all Argentina. Ramon Diaz scored Argentina's first goal in the fifty-first minute, when he booted in a pass from Osualdo Escudero from inside the penalty area.
Several times during the match Uruguyan goalkeeper Alvez Fernando thwarted the Argentinians with his brilliant play. Without his acrobatics during the tournament Uruguay would probably not have made it as far as the semi-finals.
The fast running Argentinians kept the ball throughout most of the match and repeatedly threatened the Uruguayan goal. The Uruguayans managed to forestall four foal chances by the Argentinians who often intercepted Uruguay's passes and threatened the Uruguayan goal.
However the match was clinched in the seventy-third minute by Diego Maradona. He finished off a play with Ramon Diaz, by flicking in a twenty-five yard pass. The victory will mean that Argentina will not meet the Soviet Union in the final. The Soviets gained their place in the final by virtue of a one-nil win over Poland. Uruguay, will meet Poland in consolation final.