Argentina Triumphs 1-0 Over Ecuador: Di Maria’s Decisive Goal Clinches Victory in Friendly Match

In a pre-Copa America friendly, Angel Di Maria’s decisive goal edged Argentina to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador.

The goal surfaced five minutes before halftime in Chicago last Sunday, a gem in a seamless play, though Lionel Messi watched from the sidelines as Coach Lionel Scaloni conserved his energy for the upcoming battles.

Despite reigning as Copa America champions, Argentina’s offense sputtered without Messi, managing no additional goals.

Next, La Albiceleste will square off against Guatemala before they kickstart their defense of the title.

Di Maria remarked post-match, “The victory was well-earned. We must persist in our efforts and stay cohesive,” recognizing the potential of facing Ecuador again in the Copa, “It promises to be a stringent contest. Today proved a solid display of our capabilities.”

Match Brief: Comfortable Domination

The scoreline belied Argentina’s dominance; their 11 attempts dwarfed Ecuador’s five, with none of Ecuador’s shots troubling the Argentine keeper.

The game concluded with Argentina amassing an xG (expected goals) of 1.02, starkly outpacing Ecuador’s meager 0.11. 

While Ecuador has been tipped to shine in the Copa, their performance on Sunday hinted at a need for more sharpness upfront.

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