Missed opportunities to get all three points in a single match don’t come any bigger than the one Argentina squandered against Venezuela in Buenos Aires last night.
The Argentines desperately needed a win over lowly Venezuela, the weakest, by far, side of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, but… somehow they ‘managed’ to get stuck to a 1-1 draw.
We let a big chance pass but this is football and you know that these things can happen and especially when you have chances at goal and you do not take them
Jorge Sampaoli told reporters after the game, rather unable himself to explain how his team failed to beat Venezuela.
Things are more complicated for us because we thought we would be in a better position after the two match days. But we are going with two points in the two games in which we had superiority but we could not capitalise
the Argentina coach said, partly satisfied with the fact that his team at least didn’t lose to Venezuela or Uruguay, a few days earlier. Another positive he saw was Lionel Messi’s performance.
Messi was above the rest. He took charge of the game in several moments
Sampaoli said. The negatives are there, though, big, and very threatening.
I hope that this discomfort that the team is going through will not confuse us or block us for the future. Now we have to go out and play Peru in the same way as against Venezuela to be closer to qualifying
the Argentine coach concluded. Argentina are visiting Peru next month, before hosting Ecuador on the last day of the group matches. They are sitting fifth in the table, a position that leads to intercontinental playoffs against New Zealand.