The Argentinian team beat its Indonesian counterpart by 0-2
Leandro Paredes and Cuti Romero, authors of the goals
With goals by Leandro Paredes and Cuti Romero, the Argentine teamcurrent world champion, prevailed this Monday 0-2 against the Indonesia in a friendly match played at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
Ari Sutaryadi; Bahar, Jordi Amat, Baggott; Ramadhani, Jenner, Klok, Ferdinan, Pattynama (50m, Arhan), Drajad (50m, Sulistyawan), Struick (64m, Sulaeman).
I drew Martinez; Nahuel Molina, Cuti Romero, Pezzella, Medina (Acuña, 60′); Palacios (Almada, 85′), Buonanotte (Ocampos, 74′), Paredes (Guido Rodriguez, 84′), Lo Celso; Julián Álvarez (Simeone, 84′) and Nico Gonzalez (Garnacho, 61′).
0-1 m. 38 Walls. 0-2 M. 55 Cuti Romero.
Mohamad Usaid Bin Jamal (Malaysia).
Friendly match played at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta in front of around 60,000 spectators.
Despite the notorious absences of Lionel Messi, Nico Otamendi and Angel di Mariathe Albiceleste dominated the entire duel and did not hold back when it came to showing the level that guaranteed them the world title six months ago, in a match for which all tickets sold out in just five minutes .
Messi was licensed by manager Lionel Scaloni after having shined in the first friendly against Australia in Beijing, while Di María and Nicolás Otamendi also released themselves from the commitment against Indonesia.
Thus, Julián Álvarez and Nicolás González had the task of covering the gap for the ’10’ in attack, while the big surprise of the evening was the inclusion in the starting eleven of Facundo Buonanotte, who made his debut with the senior national team.
Argentina did not disappoint. From the first minutes, put on a real show in front of nearly 60,000 spectators who wanted to see the world champions in action live and in colour.
The Argentines imposed a strong pace of play, even if it was difficult for them to put together riskier plays and find spaces to penetrate the tight Indonesian ranks.
Nicolás González had the first clear scoring opportunity with a shot that fell into the hands of Ari and the first goal for the Albiceleste was signed Leandro Paredes, who opened the scoring in the 37th minute with a great mid-range goal that made any save by the Indonesian goalkeeper impossible.
For the hosts, the first and only opportunity came in the first half, opting to dig in the last few meters of the field. in an attempt to neutralize any Argentine advances.
After the break, Indonesia is back on the grass more determined, but the momentum did not last long. Argentina was hungry for goals.
Cristian Romero extended his lead in the 55th minute with a precise header from a corner by Lo Celso and seals the victory of the world champions.
In the final stretch, Garnacho and Álvarez had the opportunity to add something more to the Albiceleste’s tally, but it was prevented by goalkeeper Ari, the best of the match for the Indonesian team.
Argentina lived up to the expectations of the Indonesian fans, who crowded at the stadium gates and in the rain for hours before the start of the game.
It was the last FIFA fixture for the Argentine team before the start of the South American qualifiersace for the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canadain which the world champion will make his debut in September against Ecuador.