Argentine manager Alfio Basile was a picture of contentment after last night’s 4-1 win over the US. The experienced coach said his team of superstars did not play as he had hoped but were nevertheless efficient and clinical, especially after falling behind to an early penalty.
“The team didn’t play as I wanted, although there were moments when they were good and others when they were not so good,” Basile said after the match.
“We thought they (the United States) would get tired by the heat and it all worked out favourably in the second half. We kept trying to play the ball and look for spaces and when the spaces opened up things got a lot easier.”
Argentina went in at half time 1-1 after struggling to break down a resilient US midfield. But the heat took its toll on the inexperienced US side and midfield promptings from Veron and the pace of Lionel Messi, who set up two goals from the left flank, proved the diference.