Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Maradona enjoys perfect homecoming
by Paul Kennedy, March 30th, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING-SOUTH AMERICA] Argentina was outstanding in Diego Maradona's home debut as national team coach. He said the welcome he received from fans at the Monumental Stadium was better than he expected, and he watched Argentines go out and crush Venezuela, 4-0, to move into a tie for second place with Chile in the South American qualifying group ahead of Brazil, which was lucky to tie Ecuador, 1-1.

Lionel Messi was the star in Buenos Aires, scoring the first goal and setting up Carlos Tevez for the second. Maximiliano Rodriguez and Sergio Aguero later added goals for the Argentines.

"I couldn't have imagined what happened today," said Maradona. "It was perfect. It's not easy to score four goals against Venezuela, we had to work hard for it."

Venezuela started Red Bulls midfielder Jorge Rojas.

Brazil struggled in the altitude of Quito but almost came away with a win against Ecuador, which needed a goal from Cristian Noboa in the 89th minute to earn a 1-1 draw.

Julio Baptista had given Brazil the lead in the 72nd minute with a goal on its only good chance of the second half.

Leader Paraguay lost for only the second time when it dropped a 2-0 decision at fifth-place Uruguay.

Results:
Uruguay 2 (Forlan 28, Lugano 57) Paraguay 0
Argentina 4 (Messi 26, Tevez 47, Rodriguez 52, Aguero 73) Venezuela 0.
Colombia 2 (Torres 26, Renteria 88) Bolivia 0.
Ecuador 1 (Noboa 89) Brazil 1 (Julio Baptista 72).
Peru 1 (Fano 34) Chile 3 (Sanchez 2, Suazo pen. 32, Fernandez 72).

Standings:
TEAM W T L GF GA P
Paraguay 7 2 2 18 8 23
Argentina 5 4 2 17 7 19
Chile 6 1 4 17 14 19
Brazil 4 6 1 16 5 18
Uruguay 4 4 3 21 10 16
Ecuador 3 4 4 13 18 13
Colombia 2 5 3 4 8 11
Venezuela 3 1 7 12 22 10
Bolivia 2 3 5 13 22 9
Peru 1 4 6 6 23 7

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Another big final miss for Higuain    
Bad luck seems to follow Gonzalo Higuain into the finals his goals have helped Argentina reach ...
Crowd Count: Copa Centenario averages more than 46,000    
The Argentina-Chile final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, drew 82,026 fans,, pushing the ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Every day you learn. You learn about every individual, about your group, about the chemistry, about ...
MLS Week 16: Results & standings    
Chad Barrett scored in the 90th minute to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-1 tie ...
USA-Colombia Copa Centenario Player Ratings    
The USA finished the Copa America Centenario the same way it had started the tournament: shut ...
Euro 2016: Griezmann rescues France with pair of goals    
Antoine Griezmann scored two goals four minutes apart to lead host France to a 2-1 win ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"Our base-line [for average attendance] was 30,000; 35,000 would've been great, and 40,000 beyond our wildest ...
What They're Saying: Investment banker Keith Harris    
"It was a shock result. There are four players that we can reflect on and the ...
What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe    
"Gay bars are so important for me and my community. That could have been me. That ...
What They're Saying: Gudmundur Benediktsson    
"It's been quite strange and actually hectic because the phone hasn't stopped ringing. But I'm really ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives