Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Argentina 1 - 1 Paraguay - Match Report & Highlights

Argentina 1 - 1 Paraguay - Match Report & Highlights

Lionel Messi's penalty rescued a vital point for Argentina as they struggled in draw with Paraguay at the Copa America, but it was Miguel Almiron's performance that got Newcastle fans excited on social media. Lautaro's shot had provoked the penalty which allowed Lionel Messi to equalise in the previous outing against Paraguay and he looked unsafe again on Sunday, moving across the forward line and posing constant questions of the Asian Cup holders while connecting sporadically with Messi. Though it was saved by Franco Armani in the Argentina goal, it was a reminder that Otamendi's status as a back-to-back Premier League champion may be Pep Guardiola's most underrated achievement to date.

Five minutes after Paraguay opened the scoring, Armani pulled off a save to deny Derlis Gonzalez from the penalty spot, keeping Argentina in the game.

Lionel Messi said Argentina were hundred per cent sure that they would beat Qatar in their last group game at the Copa America.

The comments come as the Albiceleste run the risk of being eliminated from the Copa America in Brazil before reaching the knockout stage, Xinhua news reported.

Against Paraguay, Scaloni made four changes to the team that had lost 2-0 to Colombia, axing high-profile players such as Angel di Maria and Sergio Aguero.

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This implies that even a win against Qatar may not be enough for Argentina to proceed ahead in the tournament. "We had a very clear plan but couldn't execute it as we kept losing the ball", he told reporters.

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A late goal from Duvan Zapata, his second in two games, gave Colombia a 1-0 win over Qatar at Sao Paulo and guaranteed its place in the quarterfinals. "Now we have a hard match which we have to win to qualify".

After Messi and Martinez laboured in a front two in Argentina's 1-1 draw with Paraguay last time out, the addition of Aguero in a three-pronged attack did the trick here.

Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo said he doesn't like the idea of teams outside of the Americas such as Qatar and Japan playing the Copa America.

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