Argentina vs Australia LIVE Football Match Score July 22/7/2021
The Argentines have had very different performances at the Olympics. They were champions in 2004 and 2008, and they did not qualify at all in 2012 and 2000. In Rio de Janeiro five years ago, they failed to qualify from the group stage, finishing just 11th out of 16 teams. The Argentines have an exciting line-up for Tokyo. Before the start of the Games, the Albiceleste played three friendlies in which they beat Denmark and Saudi Arabia 2-1 and 2-0 respectively, and drew 2-2 with South Korea.
Australia were a regular participant in the Olympics at the turn of the century. From 1988 to 2008, they made appearances at the Games. They even managed to get out of the group, but in 2012 and 2016, the Socceroos failed to qualify. This streak of failure was only interrupted, and the Australians were able to qualify for Tokyo. Alas, they approached the Japanese Olympics in abysmal form, as they lost 3-8 on aggregate to Ireland, Romania, Mexico, and New Zealand in four friendlies before the start of the tournament. They’ll probably do well in official matches, but at the moment, there’s no reason for them to be successful.
Shortly before the football world shut its doors at the start of last year, Argentina emerged from the South American Under-23 Championships having sealed Olympic qualification and impressed with their enterprising play.
Though they disappointingly lost 3-0 to arch-rivals Brazil in the final game, Fernando Batista’s side won the competition overall and Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister was named star of the tournament; enjoying a fruitful partnership who with wide forward Julian Alvarez – now apparently a transfer target for another Premier League club, Aston Villa.
The Argentinians have only convened three times in the intervening 18 months, but have won on each occasion – most recently in pre-Games warm-ups versus Denmark and Saudi Arabia in Marbella.
In their first outing, the Danes opened the scoring in the 56th minute, but a 92nd-minute equaliser was swiftly followed by Fausto Vera of Argentinos Juniors slotting in the late winner, while a 2-0 defeat of the Saudis was more straightforward for a squad short of star quality.
While there will be some potentially Europe-bound youngsters aiming to impress in Japan, none is likely to reach the heights of past Olympic stars Lionel Messi or Carlos Tevez, who rattled in eight goals – including the gold medal-winner – in 2004.
The Messi-led Albicelestes also defended their crown by claiming gold at the 2008 event in Beijing, but as over half of the current squad still play their club football in Argentina – with several others employed in leagues as diverse as Portugal, Mexico and the USA – the odds of a golden summer this time are significantly slimmer.