Thursday, February 11, 2010
Argentina squeeze 2-1 win over Jamaica
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz fell to late goals by Martin Palermo and Ignacio Canuto as Argentina fought back to a 2-1 win in an international friendly Wednesday at the Jose Minela stadium outside of Burnos Aires.
The Reggae Boyz were on the defensive for much of the game against Argentina playing without most of the European-based players that are expected be in its World Cup squad later this year in South Africa.
Jamaica hushed the stadium when they surprised the host with a header from Ryan Johnson to take the lead early in the second half. Although it was evident that Argentina was the better team, the Reggae Boyz had a few more chances to put the ball in the net.
The Reggae Boyz seem to focus on holding its lead, with most of its players settling back and defending.
Argentina found the equalizer seven minutes from time with a glancing header by Boca Juniors forward Palermo off a free kick. The most heart breaking moment for the Boyz came when Canuto, who came on as a substitute in the final minutes, scored the winner in injury time.
JAMAICA: Dwayne Miller; Shavar Thomas, Lovel Palmer (Dane Richards, 63), Jermaine Taylor, Adrian Reid; Rodolph Austin, Richard Edwards, Navion Boyd (Demar Stewart, 63), Keammar Daley (Jevaughn Watson, 69); Omar Cummings (Jason Johnson, 90) y Ryan Johnson (Devon Hodges, 78).
Argentina: Nelson Ibanez; Gabriel Mercado (Ignacio Canuto, 89), Mariano Echeverria (Matias Caruzzo, 71), Leonel Galeano (Nicolas Gaitan, 54), Fabian Monzon; Patricio Toranzo, Juan Mercier, Walter Acevedo (Jesus Mendez, 60), Federico Insua; Franco Jara (Gabriel Hauche, 46), Martin Palermo.
Referee: Victor Hugo Ribera Chavez (Peru)