Bolivia vs. Argentina: Lineups

Alex Grimm

Alejandro Sabella has selected a bizarre lineup, featuring a three-man defense, specifically designed to counter Bolivia and their home-field advantage in La Paz.

Last time Argentina played Bolivia in La Paz in a World Cup qualifier, the Albiceleste were embarrassed to the tune of a 6-1 defeat. Though they eventually qualified for the World Cup, that defeat put their qualification in doubt and created a serious uphill climb towards a berth in South Africa. Alejandro Sabella, perhaps a bit too aware of the fact that a match in La Paz is a different prospect than anywhere else, has altered his lineup significantly.

The team that has done so well in qualifying for Argentina has been put aside for one that matches up specifically with Bolivia's counter-attacking 4-4-2 lineup. Rodrigo Palacio comes in up top, while the defense shifts to a back three. The fullbacks aren't exactly hyper-attacking, so it might look like more of a back five at times. Could Argentina actually be playing for a draw against Bolivia?

Bolivia lineup (4-4-2): Carlos Arias; Rony Giménez, Edward Centeno, Luis Gutiérrez, Marvin Bejarano; Alejandro Chumacero, Ronald García, Gualberto Mojica, Walter Veizaga; Carlos Saucedo, Marcelo Martins

Argentina lineup (3-4-2-1): Sergio Romero; Hugo Campagnaro, Sebastian Domínguez, Jose Maria Basanta; Gino Peruzzi, Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega, Clemente Rodriguez; Angel Di María, Lionel Messi; Rodrigo Palacio

Follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter | Like SB Nation Soccer on Facebook

More in Soccer:

November 23, 1980: The day USA vs. Mexico became a major rivalry

Full coverage of CONCACAF qualifying, including USA-Mexico

England, Spain face desperate times in UEFA

Uruguay battle Chile in CONMEBOL qualifying

Atleti vs. Real: The most important race for second place

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.