"I entered and thought of facing them as I faced the boys in my neighbourhood" Having just turned 17, Dalila Ippolito smashed it during Argentina’s historic comeback against Scotland in the World Cup.

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June 19th, 2019 won’t be like other dates in the history of women’s football in Argentina. The fact is that the National Team, which is still waiting for the results to know if it will take part in the World Cup’s Round of 16 for the first time, has already left its imprint on history after the epic comeback that evened the score at 3-3 against Scotland when they were losing by three goals.

Someone who won’t forget that day either is Dalila Ippolito. Born in Villa Lugano almost 17 years and three months ago, River’s midfielder entered at the 26-minute mark of the second half, and just 180 seconds later, she put together a great play and assisted Milagros Menéndez to score 1-3 and arouse Argentina’s hope.

Then, there was time to show more of that talent that many people in River started to know in 2013, when she arrived at the Club being only 11: a backheel pass, several dribbles and a love for the ball which remains the same in Lugano, in Nuñez and at the Parc des Princes stadium.

“Carlos (Borrello, the manager) told me to enter and have fun. I entered and thought of facing them as I faced the boys in my neighbourhood,” she revealed after the match.

After her dream night, in which she also became the youngest football player to play a senior World Cup for Argentina’s National Team (no matter what gender), Dalila knows that there’s still a lot of history to write: “I have no doubts that this is the great step to keep on growing in Argentina’s women’s soccer.”

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