Argentina Dominates Costa Rica In 3-1 Friendly Victory

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Angel Di Maria, Alexis Mac Allister, and Lautaro Martinez saved Argentina on Tuesday by coming from behind to defeat Costa Rica 3-1 in an international friendly in Los Angeles.

The world champions, without injured captain Lionel Messi, ended their two-match tour of the United States with a well-deserved win at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Lionel Scaloni’s team, which beat El Salvador 3-0 in Philadelphia on Friday, controlled the first half and created several good chances.

However, Costa Rica scored first in 34 minutes after a quick counterattack.

Alvaro Zamora received a pass from Manfred Ugalde and shot low, but Argentina goalkeeper Walter Benitez blocked it.

Ugalde scored the first goal after Benitez’s save landed in his path, making it 1-0.

Argentina equalized early in the second half with a fantastic goal from Di Maria at 52 minutes.

The 36-year-old Benfica winger scored a brilliant free-kick from outside the area, beating Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas to make it 1-1.

Argentina took the lead 2-1 four minutes later from a set-piece.

Nicolas Tagliafico hit the bar with a header after a corner, and Mac Allister scored from the rebound to make it 2-1.

Martinez secured the win in the 77th minute, receiving a great pass from Rodrigo De Paul and scoring a delicate finish over Navas.

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Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.