Qatar 2022: Why is Lisandro Martinez not starting for Argentina vs Australia?

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Argentina will face Australia looking for their ticket to the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals. Here, check out why Lisandro Martinez won’t be in the starting eleven for La Albiceleste.

Argentina will face Australia in the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup. All it takes is a win and La Albiceleste will try to book a ticket to the quarter-finals, having failed to do so in Russia. However, they will play without Lisandro Martinez in the starting eleven.

Martinez featured in the starting eleven after Argentina’s shock loss to Saudi Arabia and had a superb performance against Mexico. He replaced Cristiano Romero and was one of the reasons why Argentina did not suffer at the back.

However, he was not in the starting eleven against Poland, in which Argentina played the best game of the World Cup so far. Here’s why Lisandro Martinez won’t start for La Albiceleste against Australia.

Why is Lisandro Martinez not playing against Australia?

Martinez will be back on the bench against Australia, after also missing the game against Poland. Lionel Scaloni, Argentina’s coach, decided to go once again with Cuti Romero, who had a great encounter in his last match against Poland.

While Martinez showed his good form in his minutes against Saudi Arabia and Mexico, it seems like Cuti Romero is back at his regular spot as central back. Martinez played alongside Otamendi in this World Cup.

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