The U17 team lost yesterday against Mali 3-0 and finished in fourth place in the World Cup of the category that takes place in Indonesia. The match was played at the Manahan Stadium, in the city of Surakarta, and the goals of the African team were scored by Ibrahim Diarra, Mamadou Doumbia and Hamidou Makalou. Today at 9 the final between Germany and France will be played.
Argentina suffered something very similar to what it experienced in its debut, when it lost to Senegal 2-1: it faced another very physical African team, with very powerful and fast players. Diego Placente’s team did not have his greatest figure Claudio Echeverri as a starter, who suffered the loss of his grandmother, and entered in the second half.
African superiority arose in the middle zone with the pressure exerted by Sekou Kone and Moussa Massire Diop, the intelligence to move of Hamidou Makalou and the danger posed in each offensive raid by Mohamoud Barry and Ibrahim Diarra.
The difference was not increased by the very good work of goalkeeper Jeremías Florentín, who had been unfairly mistreated on social networks for his poor performance against the Germans.
It was a defeat in the farewell, in Argentina’s weakest performance, but this ending in no way invalidates the team’s very good performance in the World Cup.
According. Despite the defeat, coach Diego Placente valued the performance of the Under 17 team. “It was a wonderful World Cup, from a football perspective, dedication and heart,” commented the coach in dialogue with TyC Sports. And he added: “This is a group that represented us very well, both in the South American and in this World Cup.”
Regarding the defeat he suffered against Mali, Placente did not mince words and highlighted the performance of the representative of the African continent: “He is very strong physically. “We knew we were facing a good team.”
On the other hand, goalkeeper Jeremías Florentín was “proud of the group.” “Personally, I feel good. I have a very nice environment that always encourages me. It was a unique experience, it was all learning,” the youth completed.