Argentina beat Bolivia three-nil in Buenos Aires to boost their chances of winning the South American Soccer Championship.
GV Bolivia (in dark shirts) attacking from left to right doggedly down left flank but Argentine defence too strong and Bolivia has to clear
GV Argentine player Daniel Passarela kicks long shot over the heads of massed defenders and lobs ball into back of goal
GV Passarela mobbed by his team mates
GV Corner kick chipped to Gaspari who neatly turns ball and slices it in under the arms of goalkeeper
GV Scoreboard flashing goal signal
GV Argentina on attack near Bolivia's clears to forwards Nos. 17 and 14 who neatly hold possession and set up an attack down left flank but Argentine 'keeper makes good save
GV Crowd cheering
Second half: GV Free kick to Bolivia, attack set up and No. 19 shoots but saved with diving lunge by 'keeper
GV Vigorous highly coordinated attack by Argentina blinds the opposition and a hard short shot by Argentine star Diego Maradona (No.6)
GV Diego Maradona being congratulated
GV Argentina again on attack in dazzling fashion but the shot, never there from the start, is herded away by the goalkeeper
GV The resulting corner kick taken by Argentina's No. 18 is headed past goal-keeper but a Bolivian defender clears it from the goalmouth
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Background: Argentina beat Bolivia three-nil in Buenos Aires to boost their chances of winning the South American Soccer Championship. The home side overwhelmed Bolivia even though they were without most of the players who won the World Cup for them last year.
SYNOPSIS: Bolivia playing in the dark shirts made the occasional dogged attack but even the rare flash of brilliance was not sufficient to hold the vigorous Argentine attack. It was a reversal of recent Bolivian performances, when they beat Argentina in high altitude La Paz and defeated Brazil at home. But in this match they rarely looked like scoring, while Argentina took every opportunity. Dainel Passarela took advantage of a bunched up defence to kick over the heads.
Gaspari for Argentina dazzled with his nimbleness, to make it two-nil.
For a moment it looked like three goals up to Argentina before half time, but then the Bolivians neatly held possession to build up an attack down the left frank. Argentina's defence again proved infallible. In this case it was the Argentine goalkeeper who got in the way.
It was a popular save with the home crowd, but early in the second half the Argentie defence was again needed. It was to be star player Diego Maradona who later blinded the opposition to give Argentina the hat trick.
Maradona's fine shot did not end the Argentine offensive, but there were to be no further goals. Argentina must now beat Brazil at home to join Bolivia at the head of group two but their chances may not be good ... Argentina lost to the Brazilians a week earlier, when they met in Rio de Janeiro.