17 November 2018
Argentina will face Mexico in a friendly match at the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Cordoba, hoping to bounce back from a frustrating 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Brazil.
After a disappointing performance at the World Cup, Jorge Sampaoli had to leave the national team bench thus paving the way for Lionel Scaloni, who is appointed an interim solution. During his time in charge, La Albiceleste have gone through an overhaul, with many new faces being integrated into the first-team squad. Scaloni has started his adventure with a promising 4-0 triumph over Guatemala, after which he has been held to a scoreless draw to Colombia. However, the South American giants have secured another convincing victory by outscoring Iraq 4-0. But in their last match against the big rivals, the 2-time World Cup winners have suffered a narrow loss, having failed to show anything in the final third.
On the other hand, Mexico who once again failed to go past the World Cup round of 16, where they’ve suffered a 2-0 loss to Brazil, have been struggling to revive their football following the final tournament exit. El Tri have started their post-World Cup journey with a miserable 4-1 defeat to Uruguay before losing to the United States by a narrow 1-goal margin. Although they’ve managed to beat Costa Rica 3-2, Ricardo Ferretti’s players have slipped against another South American team, having lost to Chile by a goal to nil. In the past four matches, the CONCACAF-based side have conceded a total of eight goals, while they’ve only managed to find the back of the net on two different occasions.
Argentina squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Geronimo Rulli, Paulo Gazzaniga, Agustin Marchesin
Defense: Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Tagliafico, Emanuel Mammana, German Pezzella, Marcos Acuna, Ramiro Funes Mori, Walter Kannemann, Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth
Midfield: Leandro Paredes, Roberto Pereyra, Maximiliano Meza, Santiago Ascacibar, Rodrigo De Paul, Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso, Franco Cervi, Franco Vazquez, Gaston Gimenez
Attack: Mauro Icardi, Angel Correa, Giovanni Simeone, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez
Mexico squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, Jose de Jesus Corona, Hugo Gonzalez
Defense: Miguel Layun, Diego Antonio Reyes, Jesus Gallardo, Nestor Araujo, Edson Alvarez, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Luis Alfonso Rodriguez, Erick Aguirre, Gerardo Arteaga
Midfield: Javier Aquino, Marco Fabian, Jesus Duenas, Javier Guemez, Isaac Brizuela, Erick Gutierrez, Victor Guzman, Roberto Alvarado
Attack: Raul Jimenez, Alan Pulido, Angel Zaldivar, Henry Martin
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