Suara.com – The coach of the Argentina U-17 national team, Diego Placente, admitted that he was still proud of the struggle of his players even though they failed to advance to the final of the 2023 U-17 World Cup in Indonesia.
Argentina failed to advance to the final for the sixth time after the 1991, 1995, 2001, 2003 and 2013 editions. In this year’s edition, dramatically, La Albiceleste was defeated by Germany U-17 on penalties with a score of 2-4 after previously playing the same strong with a score of 3-3 in normal time.
Agustin Ruberto was the star in this match after scoring a hat trick (36′, 45+4′ and 90+7′). On the other hand, Germany put Borussia Dortmund striker Paris Brunner on the scoreboard twice (9′ and 58′), plus one goal from Max Moerstedt (68′) in a six-goal party in normal time.
A number of Argentine national team footballers expressed their sadness after being defeated by the German national team in the 2023 U-17 World Cup semifinal match at Manahan Stadium, Solo, Central Java, Tuesday (28/11/2023). Germany managed to advance to the final through a penalty shootout with a score of 4-2 after previously drawing 3-3. BETWEEN PHOTOS/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/foc.
“After this physically draining match, I am very proud of the players under my guidance. I can say congratulations to my team because they gave their best. I feel proud of what they have done,” said Placente at the age of the match. , according to an official statement, Tuesday, as published by Antara.
In the first half, Argentina controlled the game by completely attacking the German goal which resulted in scoring two goals. Meanwhile Germany, in the first half, was unable to develop the game well as they relied more on quick counter attacks.
However, in the second half, the situation turned around. Argentina had difficulty developing their game, while Germany recovered and played more aggressively.
“This match was very difficult. I actually played very well. We experienced several situations that could have resulted in goals, but unfortunately it didn’t happen,” said Placente.
“We knew the game would get more intense at this level. We didn’t score and the game became difficult. I think what, both teams played very well with their respective styles,” he added.
The two teams drew 3-3 in normal time after Ruberto’s third goal saved the Tango team at the end of the second half. However, in the penalty shootout round, the two Argentine kickers failed to carry out their duties properly.
Meanwhile, four of the five German kickers were successful as executors. Argentina also bowed down after being defeated by Germany on penalties with a score of 2-4.
“This duel was also very physically draining. However, after normal time ended, the result was a draw. A penalty shootout had to be played. And as we know, penalties are luck,” he said.