Argentina brave a Peruvian storm…

11th October 2009 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Diego Maradona simply could not hide his delight after Argentina braved a late storm and surge from Peru to record a huge 2-1 victory in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Argentina legend expressed his utter delight and relief with a memorable klingsman like slide on the streaming wet pitch in the Argentina capital which certainly brought back a few memory’s, and just reiterated how committed Diego Maradona is to the Argentina cause as manager. The Argentine’s now find themselves back in control of the sole remaining automatic qualification position after Ecuador fell to defeat at home to Uruguay.


It really was an epic 15 minutes or so in South American qualifying as heroes and villains were made. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, 35 year-old and Argentine veteran, Martin Palmero, was the newly crowned hero of the land as he prodded home from a mere three yards in the 93rd minute to hand Argentina three vital set of points. Gonzalo Higuain , a surprise inclusion somewhat to the Argentina fold, had earlier put the home side in front midway through the second period, but nerves certainly played a part in the latter stages of the game and, in the 89th minute, a headed goal from substitute, Hernan Rengifo, with the aid of gale force winds and a downpour of rain, looked to have firmly halted the Argentine celebrations and appeared to have left the home fans on tenterhooks as far as their World Cup bid was concerned.


However, the Argentina followers and manager got the result they so desperately set out for and needed, although in unconvincing circumstances. That won’t matter though, for now at least, and now Diego Maradona can start plotting his next master-stroke as he takes his squad of newly formed match winners to Uruguay in a must win encounter for both countries.


Uruguay put their name firmly in the hat with victory away in Ecuador, the side who held fourth position before the previous set of qualifiers were played. However, a last gasp penalty, albeit in controversial circumstances, with the Uruguay ‘victim’ actually pulling off a disgraceful dive to hand Diego Forlan the chance to put Uruguay in front from the spot. The Athletico Madrid front man duly obliged to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory in Ecuador.


That win lifts Uruguay up to fifth position, just one point behind Argentina in fourth, so now there is all to play for as Uruguay play host to Argentina in Montevideo on Wednesday night, a game that is certainly going to attract a lot of speculators from all around the globe as the rest of the world eagerly anticipates whether the likes of Lionel Messi & Co, will embrace the South African World Cup next summer.



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Match Odds:


Uruguay -8/5 StanJames


Argentina -9/5 Boylesports


Draw -12/5 Bet365


(Odds will be updated as soon as we have them)


Argentina World Cup Outright Odds: 11/1 888sport


Uruguay World Cup Outright Odds: 200/1 Coral


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