The national group paid tribute to Diego Maradona in his first match since his passing, detecting a five-meter statue and sporting his picture in their jerseys prior to the onset of the game.
Maradona, an undercover pub and widely considered as one of the best footballers of all time, died after suffering from heart failure in November of this past year.
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From the fifth round of qualifying games for the South American World Cup, Argentina and Chile drew 1-1 at Santiago del Estero, Argentina, with a target in Alexis Sánchez that annulled Lionel Messi’s penalty.
“It is [the match ] unique since it had been the very first without Diego,” Messi told reporters following the match.
“It might have been fine if there were individuals in the arena to pay tribute to him, but what’s going on in the nation and from the world is complicated. We desired success and reflect the national group as Maradona did”.
Before the beginning of the game, the federal team along with also the president of the federation were present for the inauguration of this statue of Maradona beyond the Exceptional Mother of Cities Stadium, in which Chile and Argentina played Thursday.
As the teams lined up on the area prior to the match, the players wore images of Maradona in their championships with the year of his arrival, 1960, along with the infinity symbol rather than the year of his passing.
The tie supposed that Argentina missing the chance to climb over Brazil in the peak of the ranks, while Chile stays in seventh location.
This Is the Way Thursday’s games were
Bolivia 3 – Venezuela 1
Uruguay 0 – Paraguay 0
Argentina 1 – Chile 1
Peru 0 – Colombia 3