Argentina and Chile international friendly battle Thursday ended at 0-0. Argentina, going out without its superstar Lionel Messi and many other European-based stars including Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, had a nice time playing but weren’t able to net a goal.
Chile’s squad include Alexis Sanchez in a leading attack, but were also unbale to send in a goal during the battle.
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The friendly match on Thursday was the latest installment of a growing bitter rivalry between Argentina and Chile who previously met in both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals, and was won by Chile in both occasions.
Argentina and Chile also faced off in this year’s Copa, with Argentina narrowly grabbing the third-place. Moreover, the intense rivalry was littered, with US referee Jair Marrufo showing no fewer than 10 yellow cards in an often ill-tempered fight.
From Chile’s side, midfielder Charles Aranguiz was lucky to still remain on the pitch after scooping up an early booking and then committing a brutal stamp on Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovani Lo Celso in less than 45 minutes.
Marrufo had brandished his yellow card three good times within 15 minutes of the game, cautioning Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes in the sixth minute for a very rugged tackle on Alexis Sanchez.
Aranguiz got Chile’s retaliation in few minutes later, flattening Rodrigo De Paul to earn a yellow card before later flying in on Lo Celso.
Lo Celso releasing Lautaro Martinez on the edge of the area who teed up Paulo Dybala for a shot that was beautifully saved by Chile’s Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
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River Plate defender Lucas Martinez Quarta narrowly brought Argentina the lead in the final half, glancing De Paul’s cross just wide. Chile also lost a golden chance to move in front when Eduardo Vargas drew back to locate Cesar Pinares just for the midfielder’s shot to clip the top of the bar.
The match became boring with both Argentina and Chile making a flurry of substitutions and the play most often interrupted by fouls. Quarta lost another chance to give Argentina a late victory, causing problems with his aerial power.