Argentina eye quick Czech mate

In the second Group E match of the day from Ottawa, Hugo Tocalli's Argentina will put their status as one of the championship favourites to the test in an interesting duel with a promising Czech Republic side.

The game
Argentina v Czech Republic, 30 June, 19.15 (local time)

The stakes
In the day's main attraction, Atletico Madrid's Sergio Kun Aguero will lead five-time champions Argentina out against UEFA European U-19 semi-finalists Czech Republic, a side with the ability to pull off a surprise result. With Panama taking on Korea DPR in the other group game on Saturday, three points from favourites Argentina is well expected from pundits and fans alike.

The players
Argentina and Czech Republic are at full strength for their fascinating clash, with no players suspended from the qualifying stages.

The past
Argentina and the Czechs have never faced each other before in the finals, although the South Americans did beat the former Czechoslovakia at Mexico 1983 with a side containing Jorge Theiler, now one of Tocalli's assistant coaches.

The words
"We've got a number of objectives at this tournament, but the main one is to play seven games. That's what we're here for and we're hopeful of achieving just that." Sergio Romero, Argentina goalkeeper.

"Argentina are the favourites, but we've got to go and play our game. This match will show us exactly where we are, and I honestly think we can spring a surprise." Tomas Pekhart, Czech Republic.