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The Argentine team under 17, who reached the final date of the South American category in Peru already qualified to the World Cup in Brazil.
The Argentine team under 17, who reached the final date of the South American category in Peru already qualified for the World Cup in Brazil, also became champion of this contest despite being scored 4 to 1 by Ecuador, who with this victory and by difference of a score over Peru, also agreed to the next ecumenical appointment.
The Argentine representative became a South American champion for the fourth time in history, being second in the historical table after 18 editions, although far from Brazil, which won 12 times, while the remaining were for Colombia and Bolivia.
Argentina won this championship in 1985, when it was still under 16 (it became under 17 from the fourth edition, in 1991), as home, repeating in Bolivia in 2003 and again as host in 2013.
But the most sought by all the participants in this tournament was the World Cup qualification, something that Chile, Paraguay and home Peru also achieved.
The final positions of the competition were led by Pablo Aimar as pointers with 10 points (+ 3), escorted by Chile with 10 (+ 2), Paraguay 6 (-1), Ecuador 5 (-1), Peru 5 (-2) and Uruguay 4 (-1).
The other two matches had a very emotional definition for Ecuadorians and Peruvians, as the latter were catching the fourth and final place of the World Championship before the last match by beating Uruguay, which was eliminated, by 3 to 2, while the other two classified, Chile and Paraguay, equaled 0 to 0.
The Albiceleste team remained undefeated in this final hexagonal until the last date,since it was only on this final day that the Ecuadorian Johan Mina lost the unbeatable fencewhen the Ecuadorian Johan Mina shot the goalkeeper of Chacarita Juniors, debutant in the championship. Federico Losas (Rocco Ríos Novo, from Lanús, was the starting point throughout the competition).
The Argentines, who came from qualifying in the last date of the group stage by beating Brazil (will play the World Cup as the organizing country) by 3 to 0, which was just the result they needed, played the first half against the Ecuadorians with the convenience of having a goal difference that the won champions still losing by three goals apart (the bid was with Chile).
And Ecuador, for its part, had to impose itself on the Argentines for the same difference in order to eliminate Peru and qualify for the World Cup. That's all that happened.
It is that when those also led by Diego Placente as alternate coach took advantage in the start of the final period with a goal from Matías Palacios (alongside Matías Godoy, the scorer of Atletico Rafaela, are the only ones in the squad who played a few minutes in the first division), this seemed negatively affect them, as they had a sudden relaxation that Ecuadorians took advantage of literally passing them “above” and scoring them four goals in less than 20 minutes.
This allowed those led by Javier Rodríguez to lead by goal difference to Peru, whose footballers stayed in the stadium where they had previously played watching the match and going from the euphoria with Palacios's goal to the great disappointment when the admitted Adrián Mejía scored fourth and lapidaria conquest for Ecuador.
In this way Argentina and Ecuador became the only two South American selected to qualify for both the sub 17 (in November it will be played in Brazil) and under 20 (in June in Poland).
Argentina, which never won a world title in the under-17 category, will now have another chance to fight for that scepter in Brazil later this year.
Publication Date: 22/04/2019
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