LIVE COMMENTARY: Argentina vs Jamaica – Copa America 2015

  • ARG 1-0 JAM

Full time: Argentina proceed to the next stage standing top of the group. Argentina had to work really hard to win this and it has to be a very unconvincing by the tournament’s favourites. Jamaica tried hard and did bring on some very nervy moments for Argentina towards the end but lacked the finish that they needed to compete with Argentina.

90+2′ – Zabaleta booked.

88′ – Brilliant stuff by McCleary.

86′ – Very good ball to Mascherano to Zabaleta who passes on to Tevez who hits it wide off target. That was a great opportunity!

This game has truly been wonderful for Di Maria. Some wonderful touches by him including that decisive assist of his for Higuain’s goal.

Sub(ARG): Eric Lamela comes on for Angel Di Maria.

83′ – A wonderful build up play by Jamaica but a very loose finish by Barnes.

Sub(JAM): Giles Barnes takes Brown’s place.

Sub(ARG): Higuain off. Carlos Tevez in.

Sub(JAM): Simon Dawkins comes in place of Laing.

Sub(JAM): Jermaine Taylor comes on for Hector.

67′ – Good turn and shot by Jamaica but a comfortable save for Romero.

60′ – Superb ball to Di Maria who does terrifically well to hold the ball and pass it to Higuain who tries to pass on to Pereyra but puts the ball out of play.

Sub(ARG): Roberto Pereyra in. Pastore off.

59′ – Pastore strike goes wide.

56′ – Terrible stuff my Hector to take charge of a keeper’s ball and present it to Messi. Messi strikes it to chip it over Miller but Miller with that stretched and wonderful save.

56′ – Di Maria is so excellent tonight.

53′ – Messi takes the free kick, straight into the hands of Miller.

53′ – Hector booked for his foul on Messi and a free kick to Argentina just outside the box.

52′ – Excellent strike by Di Maria that comes off the bar. So unlucky!

48′ – A wonderful ball in by Di Maria but Higuain fails to reach to it.

The second half kicks off.

  • ARG 1-0 JAM

Half time: Frustration for Argentina as they go into the half time with just 1 goal to Jamaica’s nil. Jamaica managed to keep themselves alive somehow as Argentina couldn’t finish their good moves apart from the 1 goal.

41′ – Superb on target strike by Di Maria and wonderful save by Miller as he got his fingertips to it.

36′ – Good combination among the Argentinians. Clumsy defending by Jamaica. Higuain’s shot is deflected for a corner.

32′ – A clumsy challenge by Watson on Pastore gets him booked.

31′ – Good chance for Jamaica as Morgan heads the ball over the bar.

28′ – Di Maria is penetrating the Jamaican midfield and defence brilliantly.

23′ – CLOSE! Higuain shot goes bouncing off the crossbar.

21′ – Good passing between the Argentinian as Zabaleta takes the final strike that goes for a corner.

16′ – Jamaica rush for a counter attack but the Argentinian defence closed down well.

  • ARG 1-0 JAM

11′ – GOAL! Di Maria with a fabulous incisive pass to Higuain that Higuain finishes with a good turn. 

7′ – Many early chances for Argentina and Jamaica is only surviving.

The game is kicked off by Jamaica.

Argentina Starting XI: Sergio Romero, Ezequiel Garay, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Marcos Rojo, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Javier Pastore, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi.

Jamaica Starting XI: Dwayne Miller, Michael Hector, Wes Morgan, Adrian Mariappa, Kemar Lawrence, Lance Laing, Je-Vaughn Watson, Rodolph Austin, Garath McCleary, Deshorn Brown, Joni McAnuff.

As Paraguay vs Uruguay ended at a draw, Jamaica stand out of the tournament already.

Argentina will look to seal this game and group with a win and advance to the next stage.

Jamaica will only want to perform their hearts out and take back something with them from the tournament.

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