Argentina coach unhappy with pitch

June 22, 2024 11:24 am

Lionel Scaloni [Source: Reuters]

Argentina’s manager Lionel Scaloni criticized the pitch at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium after their 2-0 win over Canada in the Copa América opener yesterday calling it unsuitable for such a high level of competition.

The stadium, home to Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, usually has an artificial pitch but a temporary grass surface was installed for the tournament.

Lionel Messi played a key role in the win, assisting Lautaro Martinez’s goal in the 88th minute, bringing his tournament assist record to 18.

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Despite the victory, Argentina struggled in the first half, reminiscent of their 2022 World Cup opener where they lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia.

Argentina’s next match is on Wednesday at 1pm against Chile, who is currently facing Peru.

You can watch all Copa America games LIVE on FBC Sports.