Newcastle’s midfielder Jonas Gutierrez started for Argentina last night against Scotland, and created the winning goal for his country.
Jonas Gutierrez – laid on Argentine winner after just 8 minutes
Diego Maradona celebrated his first match in charge of the Argentina national side with a victory in Scotland last night. Coloccini was on the bench but was not called on during the game, so at least he will be fit for Saturday. 😀
Jonas laid on the pass for Atletico Madrid’s Maxi Rodriguez to beat Rangers’ goalkeeper Allan McGregor in the 8th minute of the game, quite a start for the visitors.
Gutierrez was replaced after 70 minutes, but looked OK and should be fit for Saturday’s game at Chelsea, and certainly Maradona seemed pleased with the winger’s performance, as he hugged the player when he came off.
It was Gutierrez’ 5th cap for the Argentine side and Diego had said he wanted to look at a few fringe players, and surely Gutierrez will have done himself a lot of good last night.
Shay Given was the Ireland captain last night but conceded after just 2 minutes as the Irish went down to a 3-2 friendly defeat against Poland at Croke Park, Dublin, in what was a mediocre performance from the Irish.
Damien Duff also figured prominently in the game and got his 71st cap, but missed a number of good chances he had carved out for himself. It was the first defeat for Ireland under new manager Giovanni Trapattoni, in this his 6th game in charge.
But following last night’s friendly games, it looks like we have suffered no injuries to any of our players, which has to be good news.