For a man who isn’t playing regularly for his club, being still called up to your national team is an impressive achievement, and shows a lot of trust from the manager in charge of squad selection.
However, it wasn’t that surprising to see Ramiro Funes Mori have a very strange game on Thursday night, as Argentina faced Peru in a World Cup qualifier.
The Everton defender, who has only made two appearances for the Toffees in the league since the arrival of Ashley Williams, started off fantastically, scoring a goal from a corner early on.
The second half, however, was a completely different story.
Struggling to keep his man from taking a shot for the first goal, the defender then gave away a penalty trying to make up for Mascherano’s awful back pass to Peru’s main striker, Paolo Guerrero.
The defender also received a booking, which means he will be suspended from taking part in next week’s clash against Paraguay.
This, however, means he will be starting with a clean slate against Brazil next month, which Olé in Argentina feel won’t be enough to abate the ‘anger’ the player is currently feeling right now.
Maybe more match sharpness could have avoided at least one of his mistakes?
The result means Argentina have only won one of three qualifiers so far, beating Uruguay 1-0 and drawing 2-2 to Venezuela previously.