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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Match Report - Argentina vs Mexico; Chile vs France (English translation from La Nacion)

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This is a match report of the doubleheader that was played on the 19th of July 1930 at the Estadio Centenario. Chile played France around midday while Argentina defeated Mexico later that afternoon.

This article was written by an anonymous journalist working for the Associated Press that was published in the Madrid-based newspaper, La Nacion, on the 21st July 1930. You can read the original report here.

Readers are welcome to offer any improvements on translation into English from Spanish which was converted via google. There was at least two spelling errors in regard to the spelling of players names. For instance, the Mexican player, Roberto Gayon is misspelt Gallardo and Zumelzu is written as Sumelzu. The reference to 'porteños' is a word associated with the inhabitants of Buenos Aires and in this context is generalized to refer to the Argentinians.

Argentina defeats Mexico and Chile beat France.
MONTEVIDEO 19.-The match between the representative teams of the Argentine Republic and Mexico has been characterized by an overwhelming superiority of the porteños. Only the enthusiasm that the Mexicans have made throughout the game has been able to save them from a catastrophic defeat.
The first part of the game was extremely monotonous. The Argentines, confident of their superiority, seemed to play with reluctance. However, their superior combinations allowed them to jeopardize the other goal at all times. After eight minutes, as a result of one of these combinations, Stabile scored the first goal in favour of Argentina. Once again the ball was put into play, the porteños again advanced, and Sumelzu (Zumelzu) scored the second goal.
The game is parked in the field of the Mexicans and soon arrives the third goal, also by Stabile. This both encourages the Mexicans, who, chanted by the public, which is clearly favourable, endanger the Argentine goal. One of two porteños (full) backs contact the ball with the hand in the penalty area, and the referee orders the maximum punishment. Mexican player Lopez (it was actually M Rosas) is in charge of throwing him (of taking the penalty), who, from a magnificent shot, catches the ball in the Argentine goal.
Encouraged by this goal, the Mexicans carry live attacks, which put in serious danger at the opposite goal. His technical inferiority is evident; but their enthusiasm allows them to corner at certain moments the opponents, who played with a lot of apathy, and wins the sympathy of the public. Finish the first jalf with a three to one.
In the second half, the Argentines, without showing enthusiasm, take advantage of their superiority to score the fourth and fifth goals, seven and eight minutes after the game began. The authors of the many are Varallo and Zumelzu. The referee punishes the Argentines with a free kick (actually another penalty). Manuel Rosas is responsible for throwing it (for taking it), and sends the ball with good aim. Bossio rejects, but Rosas gets the ball again and scores the second goal for the Mexicans.

Despite the dominance of the Argentines, the Mexicans still manage to make some loose advances. In one of them, Gallardo (Gayon) manages to score for his team the third goal at twenty-nine minutes of play. The Argentines shake their apathy for a few moments, and the Mexican goalkeeper, Bonifiglio, has the chance to win an ovation by making a formidable stop within a shot of Varallo. After thirty-seven minutes of play, Stábile scored the sixth Argentine goal. The match completely lapses in interest, because the Mexicans are exhausted by the effort made, and the Argentines are dedicated to keeping the difference. The match ends, then: Argentina, 6; Mexico, 3

The French lose at a minimum.
More competitive, but also of mediocre quality, was the match that put the teams of Chile and France face to face. During the first half, the game was as early in one field as in another, but the decisive and energetic action of both defences messed up all the chances of scoring. It finished the first jalf with a draw.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Chilean striker advances in an admirable combination of passes, which ends Schemberger (actual scorer was Guillermo Subiabre), scoring the first goal. The French make desperate efforts to score, and the fight acquires great emotion, within their mediocre class. The Chileans manage to reach the end, keeping the difference. Chile, 1; France, 0 .-- Associated Press.)