Qatar 2022: Why is Marcos Acuña not starting for Argentina vs France?

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Marcos Acuña has been one of the best defenders for Argentina during the Qatar 2022 World Cup. However, in a shocking last-minute decision, he won’t start the final against France. Read here to find out why Lionel Scaloni left him out.

Argentina are experiencing an extraordinary World Cup in Qatar 2022 and are just one step away from lifting the trophy for the first time since 1986. However, for Lionel Scaloni’s side to claim their third title in the competition, they must defeat the reigning champions in the final: France.

Argentina were stunned 2-1 by Saudi Arabia in the opening match, ending their amazing 36-game unbeaten run. However, the famous Albiceleste bounced back quickly with wins against Mexico (2:0) and Poland (2:0). They knocked out Australia (2-1) in the round of 16 and then survived a penalty shoot-out thriller to knock out the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. They then defeated Croatia in the semi-finals.

After the disaster with Saudi Arabia, Marcos Acuña became the starter at left-back, replacing Nicolas Tagliafico. He performed brilliantly in that run, but two yellow cards, one against Poland and the other against the Netherlands, saw him suspended for the semi-final. However, the World Cup final was to be his big comeback. That won’t happen and here are the reasons.

Why is Marcos Acuña not starting in Argentina vs France?

Marcos Acuña is dealing with pubalgia and that’s why he won’t start the Qatar 2022 World Cup final against France. As it happened during the semifinal with CroatiaNicolas Tagliafico will replace him.

In case Lionel Scaloni needs him, Marcos Acuña is available to come from the bench. Considering he’s been one of the best defenders of the tournament, the 31-year old could definitely be an option to play some minutes.

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