After two disappointing draws against Bolivia and Colombia, Argentina went into Monday's match with Costa Rica needing a win to advance out of Group A.
The host nation entered the tournament as heavy favorites, along with South American powerhouse Brazil. However, after claiming two points from two matches, the Albiceleste were noticeably struggling to find their best form.
Manager Sergio Batista made numerous changes to his starting XI, seeking for the right team chemistry.
The new-look Argentina squad put on a world-class display against Costa Rica. The host nation were able to score in the first half and carry the momentum through the full 90 minutes. The Albiceleste won comfortably by a score of 3-0.
Argentina conquered Costa Rica, advancing to the knockout stages. Here are the keys to their success on Monday night.