PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Argentina has experienced a troubled Copa America campaign so far but it might have found at least one stable solution for its ever-changing team.
Striker Lautaro Martinez scored the opening goal that led Argentina to a 2-0 victory against Qatar on Sunday and secured the team’s place in the quarterfinals. He is likely to start against Venezuela on Friday at the Maracana Stadium since Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said he will leave his offensive line intact.
The new formula is a double No. 9, performed by Sergio Aguero and Lautaro, in which soccer great Lionel Messi plays as a distributor and is free to move anywhere he likes.
“For some moments we played well, created opportunities and we didn’t suffer,” said Messi about his teammates up front.
Aguero said he and Lautaro “went very well for a few moments” in the match against Qatar.