There was a much improved atmosphere from the opening match in La Plata with noisy fans in the terraces behind each goal at the Colon Santa Fe stadium upping the sound levels and painting the ground blue and white prior to kick off.
Argentine manager Batista decided to stick with the seemingly out of form Lavezzi despite having the likes of Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Milito on the bench; players that would surely make the starting line-ups in most national teams.
The Columbian man-of-the-match must surely have been central midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who played Lionel Messi out of the game, barking like a terrier at Messi's heels every time the world's number one had the ball. On this evidence Sanchez will be snapped up from French football by one of the top European clubs.
The match ended 0-0 with Argentina booed off the pitch and Batitusta openly abused by the Santa Fe fans. Argentina look short of ideas and ended the match with four strikers in a puzzling line-up that lacked balance and a midfield ball winner. They will likely need to beat Costa Rica by several goals in their last group game to have any chance of progressing to the quarter finals.