Tiago Casasola made his first appearance of the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship on Thursday, and helped Argentina Under-20s to a clean sheet in their 3-0 win over Bolivia in Colonia.
Argentina stormed into a two-goal lead after just 12 minutes courtesy of Giovanni Simeone’s brace – taking the River Plate striker’s tally to six in the tournament, more than any other player.
Facundo Cardozo wrapped things up on 72 minutes to confirm Argentina’s place at the top of Group A as the first phase of the tournament reached its conclusion. Casasola played the full 90 minutes against Bolivia, and picked up a yellow card late on.
Argentina now advance to the Final Stage, where they make up a group alongside fellow Group A qualifiers Paraguay and Peru, together with Group B’s three strongest sides – Uruguay, Colombia and Brazil.
The previous day, Emerson Hyndman played the entirety of the United States U20s’ narrow 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in Montego Bay.
Hyndman went close to breaking the deadlock just before half-time when he weaved his way into the box before rifling in a powerful strike that goalkeeper Johan Welch claimed at the second time of asking.
Bradford Jamieson IV then had an effort cleared off the line following a Hyndman free-kick just after the restart as the Americans continued to turn the screw. And the decisive goal eventually arrived when Jamieson tucked home at the end of a counter attack on 78 minutes.
The result means the United States finish second in the group and will now face El Salvador in a Play-Off to see which nation qualifies for the U20 World Cup.