Rio 2016: Portugal Sinks Argentina 2-0 Despite Simeone Jr Heroics
Goncalo Paciencia and Pite helped the European champions to an easy victory.
River Plate’s Giovanni Simenone came on as a second-half subsititute for the La Albiceleste’s.
The first half of the Group D encounter was evenly matched as both teams failed to make any significant advancements.
However Argentina’s Jonathan Calleri came close to scoring at the start of the second-half, but the Hammer’s newest loan signing was denied by the post.
Portugal were quick to seige the opportunity as A Seleção took the lead after Paciencia scored in the second-half, making the score 1-0 in Portugals favour.
Portugal doubled their lead when Pite scored from a stunning long-range shot(thanks to Rulli) as the Argentine stopper let the ball slip from in-between his legs.
However, Simeone tried to reduce the lead in the injury time, but his shot was blocked on the line.
This marks Argentina’s first defeat at the Olympic games in 20-years, the La Albiceleste won the Gold in 2004 and 2008, while they didn’t play in the 2000 and 2012 editions.
Portugal will face Hondarus in their next game, while Argentina will lock horns with Algeria.