Matches

13/08/2008
2:0 (1:0)
  • Ezequiel LAVEZZI (13' PEN)
  • Diego BUONANOTTE (84')

Summary

Argentina ease through on top

Ezequiel Lavezzi's penalty and a Diego Buonanotte free-kick proved enough for Argentina to beat Serbia and finish top of Group A.

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Line-up

18
1
4
2
5
3
6
4
7
5
8
7
9
11
11
13
12
14
14
15
17
17

Substitute(s)

1
6
2
8
3
9
10
12
13
16
15
18
16
19

Coaches

Sergio BATISTA (ARG)
(SRB) Miroslav DJUKIC

Officials

Referee: Abdullah AL HILALI (OMA)Assistant Referee 1: Saleh AL MARZOUQI (UAE)Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed AL GHAMDI (KSA)Fourth official: Khalil AL GHAMDI (KSA)

  • Serbia's goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic (L) gestures as Argentina's Angel de Maria reacts
  • Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi (L) celebrates after scoring
  • Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov reacts after missing an opportunity
  • Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero jubilates after defeating Serbia in their 2008 Beijing Olympic
  • Argentinian players celebrate
  • Serbia's goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic blocks a penalty shot
Sergio Batista, Argentina coach
We controlled the game throughout and I am very happy with my players. We made some changes to the line-up but I have my total trust on the players and they performed rather well. We hear the crowds were chanting for Messi as the team played today without him. I hope the fans will understand our goal is winning the gold so we have to rest some key players for some time, while providing the other players with chances to gain experience. Next game we will play against the Netherlands and they are a team we can't underestimate.