Copa America: Messy Argentina fail to win again

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Lionel Messi celebrates his penalty goal against Paraguay. Photo/Courtesy

After a 2-0 defeat in their opening match against Colombia, Argentina failed to collect maximum points as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Paraguay.

Paraguay opened the scoring in the 37th minute through Sanchez,which gave them a lead at halftime. Sergio Aguero was introduced in the start of the second half in place of Roberto Pereyra in a bid to boost attacks.

Messi Scores,Armani Saves
Lionel Messi converted a penalty in the 57th minute to level the scores.That was to be short lived 5 minutes later as Paraguay were awarded a penalty. Gonzalez’s shot was saved by Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani giving his team a lifeline.

In the other Group B result, Colombia confirmed their slot in the last 8 with a 1-0 win courtesy of Zapata in the 86th minute.

Group B Standings.

Colombia 6pts
Paraguay 2 pts
Qatar 1 pts
Argentina 1 pts

Placed last due to inferior goal difference, Argentina have a chance of qualification in their own hands as they have to win against guests Qatar in their next match while Colombia faces Paraguay.

Why are Qatar and Japan Playing yet they are not from South America?

As the South American football federation (Conmebol) only has ten members, additional invitees are required to create a workable tournament structure.

Initially, six extra teams – three from North America and three from Asia – were set to be invited in order to create a 16-team tournament.

This was the format in 2016, when six teams were invited from North America to make four groups of four.

But instead, in May 2018, Conmebol decided the tournament should follow the structure of all other competitions since 1993 and have 12 teams, with Qatar and Japan those invited.

Generally North American teams have previously been invited, but they are participating in the Concacaf Gold Cup this summer, so would only be able to send reserve squads to the Copa America.

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