Bolivia vs Argentina Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 26, 2013; Time: 8:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Estadio Hernando Siles — La Paz.
Optimistic Albiceleste returns to the La Paz. The last time when Conmebol’s qualifying leaders played at the Bolivian capital it finished with shy 6-1loss, so they will try to rehabilitate after demolishment.
Bolivia goes 8th in the South-America WC Qualification with 8 points from 10 games, having 2 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses so far. Their last five games including friedlies, have seen 2 draw, 2 wins and 1 defeat. La Verde have achieved just one appearance at WC finals in 1994. Colombia made a devastating 5-0 defeat away to Bolivia last weekend.
Argentina stands at the top with 23 points from 10 games, having 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat. Their present form has seen 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. Last two came from friendlies. Last five official games have seen 4 wins and 1 draw. In 2009 Bolivia won 6-1 against Argentina. Also, Argentina requires just 9 points from their last 6 games to be certain of qualifying.
Bolivia can’t count on goalkeeper Carlos Arias due to injury. So, he will be replaced by Sergio Galarza. The good news are that defender Ronald Raldes is returned after suspension.
Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella can’t count on Fernando Gago due to a muscle strain. So Ever Banega will start from the first minutes. Angel Di Maria completed a one-game suspension and will return instead of Walter Montillo.
Bolivia line-up: Galarza, Jimenez, Raldes, Zenteno, Gutierrez, B’rano, Chumacero, Garcia, Veizaga, Moreno, Saucedo.
Last three games:
Colombia 5 – Bolivia;
Bolivia 2 – Haiti 1;
Bolivia 1 – Costa Rica 1.
Argentina line-up: Romero, Zabaleta, Garay, Fernandez, Rojo, Mascherano, Banega, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain, Lavezzi.
Last three games:
Argentina 3 – Venezuela 0;
Sweden 2 – Argentina 3;
Argentina 2 – Brazil 1.