Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was at the bench as Argentina set up a semi final clash with the United States, after thrashing Venezuela 4-1 at the quarter final stage.
Aguero has been playing second fiddle to Napoli forward, Gonzalo Higuain at the continental tournament and is set to continue. Higuain grabbed a brace to quiet speculations that Kun Aguero may be called to take over the lead strike role.
Aguero has started just one of the group games as Higuain has been favoured more. Aguero said earlier that he was comfortable with his playing time so far. He scored the last in the 5-0 thrashing of Panama, despite joining in the goal scoring spree in the last 14 minutes.
Coach Gerardo Martino is set to lead the national team to their first glory in 23 years and Aguero says he has no problem as far the team succeeds. Aguero said:
“To be honest I don’t know how we will play, but I think I will stay on the bench and I must be prepared when the coach needs me. I knew this could happen because ‘Pipa’ (Higuain) had a fantastic season in Italy. I always try to do my job the best way possible and we should be happy of being here.”
The quarterfinal game, which was played at the Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots American football team in Foxborough, Massachusetts, ended for victory with Lionel Messi and Erik Lamela also joining in the goal scorer’s chart for Argentina. Aguero joined in the 74th minute but couldn’t make as much impact in the game. Argentina is set to play the United States while Columbia will face Chile in the semi final. Messi was very excited at equaling Gabriel Batistuta’s 54-goal record for the country.