Funes Mori's Argentina lose heavily in Belo Horizonte

Thursday 10 November 2016  18 Comments  [Jump to last]

Ramiro Funes Mori was on the end of another convincing loss as Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 in World Cup qualifying.

Five days after the 5-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League in which he played the full 90 minutes, the Everton defender was one of three Albiceleste players booked as goals by Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Paulinho delivered the hosts a victory that takes them top of the CONMEBOL qualifying table.

Argentina, meanwhile, are eight points behind in sixth place, one spot below the threshold for qualification for Russia 2018, having failed to win any of their last three matches.  

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Brian Porter
1 Posted 11/11/2016 at 06:19:55
I watched this game, found it very entertaining. The big difference between this, and our drubbing at the hands of Chelsea was that, despite losing 3-0, Argentina didn't play badly, but were overwhelmed by a statuesque display by Brazil and were let down by their forwards who had an awful off-day.

Higuain was terrible up front and even though Messi found chinks in Brazil's defence Huguain was conspicuous by his absence, being off the pace and seemingly unable to link up with Messi who looked increasingly frustrated as the game wore on. In fact, Higuain reminded me a lot of Lukaku, having one of those games where he seemed disinterested and simply couldn't be bothered to put in the necessary running and effort.
Brian Furey
2 Posted 11/11/2016 at 11:09:07
How did Funes Mori play?
Jay Wood
3 Posted 11/11/2016 at 11:32:36
Funes Mori was 'OK', Brian F, but was rightly booked (again! he picks up a lot of yellow cards for Argentina) for a nasty foul.

I can't agree with Brian P that the visitors 'didn't play badly.' They were completely outplayed by Brazil, apart from a decent opening spell. They carried no threat in attack at all, no matter who they had on the pitch, and that included (at different times) Messi, Aguero, Higuain, di Maria and Perez.

Argentina were seriously lucky it wasn't 5-0 or 6-0 at the end. Neymar and the teenager Gabriel Jesus (destined for Man City in January when the Brazilian league concludes in December – he is currently with the likely champions Palmeiras) continue to dovetail beautifully together for Brazil.

Five wins on the bounce for the new Brazil coach Tite who has instantly transformed the team into a resiliant, yet vibrant, attacking force after the dreary pragmatism of previous coach Dunga.

Mark Riding
4 Posted 11/11/2016 at 12:10:02
Did he celebrate his booking, Jay? Kissed his badge etc?
John Pierce
5 Posted 11/11/2016 at 14:14:00
Being state side I get to watch a lot of the qualifiers. Regularly Funes Mori is well out of his depth at this level.

At the back Argentina are light so he gets a game. Easily pulled from his position and extremely rash, and nasty too. The lad is a disgrace in this respect, in his time at Everton hes made several questionable tackles.

Even if I could look beyond this nasty streak, he simply isn't good enough, and is fortunate Jags is in rapid decline.

Expect him to be shipped out by season end.

Frank Wade
6 Posted 11/11/2016 at 15:34:38
There is a nice length 11 mins highlights of this game on Youtube. Link

Funes Mori looks a bit lost at times and loses the ball needlessly in midfield at one stage to allow a Brazilian attack which came to nought. Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus look the business. As much as it pains me to say it, Coutinho's goal worth the watch.

David Pearl
7 Posted 11/11/2016 at 16:03:31
Jags is in rapid decline is he? Must be why he is currently with the England squad.
Peter Gorman
8 Posted 11/11/2016 at 16:19:37
Sorry to wade in David but being in the England squad is hardly the measure of a man these days.
Peter Murray
9 Posted 11/11/2016 at 18:55:08
This sounds like English Premier League rivalry finding a new niche in South Americain international rivalry.

What's going on with Funes Mori? A disgustingly cynical performance at Anfield last season, for which he shall always be remembered by future Evertonians discussing the bad old days, and this season looking totally out of his depth at all levels?

John Pierce
10 Posted 11/11/2016 at 23:02:33
When Gary Cahill gets in the team before the lad, that is the very definition of a rapid decline.

Anyway it misses the point; Funes Mori is not only not good enough, the fella is nasty blart to boot.

He has a good brand, so we will get our money back. Sorry, David, time to move him on... and Jags tbf, they'd be few on TW that wouldn't disagree, time has caught Jags up.

Andrew Presly
11 Posted 11/11/2016 at 23:47:33
I'll stand up for Ramiro, willing player with a goal in him, like Lescott with a bit more soul. Just a bit.

Coutinho's a little gimp. How did he get a work permit there when he didn't make the national team? Someone ticked the "pact with Satan" &/or the fake Portuguese grandma box at customs, as per.

Darren Hind
12 Posted 12/11/2016 at 06:59:54
I've just seen that tackle. So cynical it was funny. Neymar had already beaten two and was about to embarrass Funes Mori.

As Tony Soprano would say "Worra ya gonna do?"


"Gimp?" Come on. He is a magnificent footballer. I'd personally give him a piggy back across Stanley Park. He is everything our boys are not.

Colin Glassar
13 Posted 12/11/2016 at 11:48:19
Andrew, love him or hate him, Coutinho is the little genius we are sorely missing.
Jay Wood
14 Posted 12/11/2016 at 11:57:54
Coutinho a gimp, Andrew?

I hope Walsh can find us a few gimps of his caliber, then.

He is to 'them' what Hazard is for Chelsea, Ozil for the Arse and De Bruyne for City.

After being on the fringes of the Brazilian side for many years, he is now one of their 'must' picks.

From my experience, our rivalry with t'other lot never blinded Blues from acknowledging a good footballer, no matter what colour shirt he wore.

Evidently, in your case, that does not apply.

Nigel Munford
15 Posted 12/11/2016 at 13:14:36
John, isn't that what we've been missing, a nasty one with some steel. I've read on posts on here that our defence is 'to nice'. He wasn't going to be beaten by Neymar, so took one for the team. Harks back to tackles of the seventies.
Mark Rimmer
18 Posted 14/11/2016 at 16:13:33
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19 Posted 14/11/2016 at 16:48:37
I'm sorry but calling a player a 'gimp' is just pathetically low-class. If that's the best you've got, Mark Rimmer, I'm closing this thread.
Matt Ostnes
20 Posted 15/11/2016 at 14:04:23
The Funes Mori tackle was pretty normal under South American standards. If you watch Copa Libertadores you'll watch like 3 similar tackles per game.

In Argentina, there is a phrase for the defense: "The ball or the attacker can pass through the defender. Not both".

Actually I think that Funes Mori in Everton is rather calm with the hard tackles. You don't even see 80% of the hilarious mistimed tackles he made in River or in the National team

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