It’s a long journey back for Jonas Gutierrez but he will probably be floating on air, because his dream has come true, and Argentina have qualified for the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer.
Jonas Gutierrez – responsible for winning goal
They defeated Uruguay 1-0 in Montevideo last night 1-0 with a goal from substitute Mario Bolatti after 84 minutes.
It was the first win in Uruguay for Argentina in Montevideo for 33 years, and it was a fitting win and a second victory in 4 days for Diego Maradona’s side, when they were under the hammer to qualify.
Argentina needed at least a draw to make sure of their qualification to South Africa, and the victory was achieved with just 6 minutes to go, and Newcastle winger Gutierrez paved the way for the winning goal.
He chased after the ball down the right wing, and then stole possession from Uruguay full-back Martin Caceres, and was then brought down by the full-back.
That was a second yellow card for the Juventus defender and a free-kick to the visitors from which Mario Bolatti, following a goalmouth scramble, fired the decisive goal to the absolute delight of the 2,000 Argentine fans in Montivideo.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was obviously also delighted to see his player make it through to the finals.
Chris told Newcastle United TV this morning:
“I’m delighted for Jonas and it will be a tremendous boost for him,”
“He’s come through the game with no problems and played a major part in the winning goal.”
“It was a very fast game so no doubt he’ll be tired, but he’ll be on a high and we’re very pleased for him.”
Before the game Gutierrez had said it was his dream to play in the World Cup and it looks like he’ll get his chance, as will Coloccini, who was in the last World Cup squad in Germany.
You can bet both players will be playing out of their socks for Newcastle for the rest of the season.
A tearful and very emotional Diego Maradona last night hugged his assistant Carlos Bilardo on the pitch, before dedicating the win to the 2,000 fans who had made the short trip to Montevideo. He also dedicated the win to all of Argentina.
It is good to have such a famous country qualify for the World Cup, and who knows maybe we can encourage other Argentine players to come to Tyneside.
But first of all we need to get promoted this season – that’s job number one.
Let’s hope Jonas can help us get that win on Saturday at Nottingham Forest.