HT: ARGENTINA 0-1 AUSTRALIA
Australia lead against Argentina at the Sapporo Dome following an exciting first half.
The Socceroos opened the scoring after 14 minutes when Joel King set Lachlan Wales in front of Jeremias Ledesma with a crisp cross from the left flank and the centre-forward didn’t miss.
The Aussies came close to a second when Riley McGree produced an astonishing overhead kick inside the box but was denied by Ledesma on 28 minutes.
Argentina responded in the 34th minute with a stunning curling shot by Esequiel Barco down the left flank that rattled Thomas Glover’s crossbar.
Australia then came excruciatingly close to a second goal as King set Wales up again in front of Ledesma and the latter’s shot rattled the post – wouldn’t have mattered though as the former was caught offside in the build-up after 43 minutes.
Things got worse for the Albiceleste in the second minute of stoppage time when Francisco Ortega was sent off with a second yellow card within a few seconds for what the referee deemed to be aggressive marking on McGree