Argentina secured their spot at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup with a 3-0 win over Paraguay in the South American Youth Football Championship on Wednesday.
Suspension forced Fulham’s Tiago Casasola to sit the game out, with the centre-back having accrued two bookings in the tournament, but he was celebrating with his teammates come full-time.
The tournament’s top goalscorer Giovanni Simeone – son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego – put Argentina ahead on 17 minutes when he tapped in the loose ball following a save by the Paraguay goalkeeper.
Simeone missed the chance to double the lead just before half-time when his penalty was brilliantly saved, but Velez Sarsfield’s Leonardo Rolon made it 2-0 minutes after the restart with a stunning strike from long range.
River Plate’s Simeone then ended the game as a contest on 76 minutes when he took a lofted throughball on his chest before lashing in at the near post for his ninth goal of the tournament.
That result confirmed Argentina’s place at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand later this year, and a draw in their final match against second-place Uruguay would secure them the trophy and the 2016 Olympics spot that goes with it.