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Argentina dare to shine

One of a handful of teams no one expected to do much this summer, Argentina surprised more than a few people when they held Japan scoreless in Paris, recording the first draw of the tournament.

Although Japan’s finishing might have been subpar, there’s a strong argument that the resolute defending of Argentina completely upset their rhythm and left the former world champions flummoxed. Although it’s easy to write Las Albicelestes off as a nervous team who parked the bus in avoid embarrassment, the South American team executed their game plan with aplomb – the only downside that they didn’t nick a goal on the counter.

Against a team ranked 30-places above the in the FIFA ranking, Carlos Borrello’s team set out to keep Japan out and on that front they succeeded, claiming their first ever World Cup point, at the seventh time of asking, in the process.

The draw wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless work from player of the match, Estefanía Banini or Argentina’s experienced shot-stopper, Vanina Correa.

It might not have been the most exciting game but Argentina still managed to win a few fans in the [respectably] half-full Parc des Princes, the one question whether or not they can manage the same against England and Scotland later this month.

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