Morocco 0-1 Argentina: Angel Correa strikes to seal late victory and earn redemption after Venezuela defeat
Argentina’s Angel Correa scored seven minutes from time to snatch a 1-0 win away to Morocco in a friendly on Tuesday and a much needed boost after their weekend defeat by Venezuela.
Correa came off the bench to score after being set up by Matias Suarez to add some gloss to an unconvincing week for the Argentines, who had talisman Lionel Messi back in the team on Friday in Madrid but lost 3-1 to Venezuela.
Paulo Dybala led the attack on Tuesday in place of the absent Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria.
MOROCCO v ARGENTINA
MOROCCO: Bounou, Benatia (Abdelhamid 61), Hakimi, Mazraoui, Saiss, Belhanda (Bourabia 87), Boussoufa (Fajr 74), da Costa (Idrissi 87), Boufal, Boutaib (Alioui 75), El Ahmadi (Aït Bennasserat 61).
BOOKED: Boussoufa, Benatia, Belhanda, Boutaib
SUBS NOT USED: Mohamedi, El Haddad, Abdelhamid, Baadi, El Karti, Sofyan Amrabat.
ARGENTINA: Andrada (Musso 67), Montiel, Pezzella, Kannemann, Acuna, Pereyra (Marconeat 90), Paredes (Zaracho 76), Rodriguez, de Paul (Correa 62), Dybala (Lo Celso 79), Lautaro Martinez (Suarez 56).
BOOKED: Kannemann, Martinez
GOALS: Correa 83
SUBS NOT USED: Marchesin, Tagliafico, Mercado, Benedetto, Marcone, Lanzini, Foyth,
There were few clear chances in a clash that was tempestuous in the first half with the referee having to hand out four cautions.
A swirling wind made it difficult to play in the second half but Correa needed no second invitation when handed the late opportunity.
Running across the face of goal, he hooked the ball back across goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and into the net.
It was Argentina’s last game before they start the Copa Anerica in Brazil against Colombia in Salvador in June when Morocco will be at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.