Dragflick Newsdesk : In their first match of 2022, the Leonas dispatched Uruguay 6-0 in their debut at the Pan American Cup in Santiago and thus took the first step towards qualifying for the World Cup in Spain-Netherlands, which will be played from 1st to 17th. of July. The tournament that takes place in the Chilean capital distributes three tickets for the World Cup event.
If there were nerves before going out to play against the Uruguayans, they were quickly put aside when Agustina Gorzelany, dragged, made it 1-0. They were just 2 minutes into the game and from that moment everything was easier for the team led by Fernando Ferrara who also faced a team that only had one penalty corner in the entire game and it was in the second half.
Despite the early advantage, Argentina continued to search and after 9 minutes it was Micaela Retegui who increased the difference in favor of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic runner-up. The selected team continued to dominate with control of the ball and at the end of the first half, at 30 minutes, Agustina Albertario, one of the best players on the team last season, made it 3-0.
With a wide difference against a team that has won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo as the best result in its history (by the hand of Argentine Ariel Holan), the Leonas made it 4-0 after 5 minutes. of the complement through Delfina Thome and seven and ten minutes later, thanks to goals from Celina di Santo and Gorzelany (again short with the drag), they reached the final figures on the scoreboard.
Argentina will play again on Friday against the local Chile (the match can be seen on DirecTV) and, if they win, they will keep first place in group A and direct qualification to the tournament semifinals.