Diego Simeone’s son Giovanni scored his first goal for Argentina in Albiceleste’s 3-0 win against Guatemala in Los Angeles.
No Messi, no problem for Argentina. Interim head coach Luis Scaloni fielded a mixed starting lineup devoid of Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, but had no problem getting the best of minnows Guatemala in Los Angeles.
A group of rising talents led by Fiorentina’s Giovanni Simeone, River Plate’s Gonzalo Martinez, Boca Juniors’ Cristian Pavon and Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso dominated Guatemala. Gonzalo Martinez opened the scoring from a penalty kick in the 27th minute after Lo Celso’s shot struck the hand of Elias Vasquez.
Argentina’s lead increased when Giovani Lo Celso, who’s on loan at Betis from French champions PSG, found the back of the net in the 35th minute. The end of the first half saw Giovanni Simeone, Diego Simeone’s 23-year-old son, step away from his opponent and fire a shot past goalkeeper Paulo Motta to give his team a 3-0 advantage.
Scaloni made some second half chances which disrupted La Albiceleste’s rhythm and flow, so the match finished with the same scoreline, although the difference should’ve been bigger.
Simeone, Martinez, Exequiel Palacios and goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli were all players who were making their Argentina debuts.
Argentina face South American rivals Colombia in New Jersey on Tuesday in what should be a much tougher challenge, while Guatemala are scheduled to meet Ecuador in Illinois.