Argentina vs. Paraguay – Match Report – June 21, 2021

Argentina vs.  Paraguay - Match Report - June 21, 2021

(EFE) – Argentina beat Paraguay 1-0 this Monday, in an intense duel, thanks to a solitary goal by Alejandro Gómez in the match valid for the third day of Group A of the Copa América that takes place in Brazil .

In this way, the Albiceleste assured its presence in the quarterfinals and remains the leader of Group A with seven units, two ahead of its escort Chile -which drew 1-1 with Uruguay-, while Paraguay is third with three points, La Celeste adds one and Bolivia closes without units.

Those led by Lionel Scaloni, like the last match against Uruguay, had a start under pure pressure and achieved a territorial dominance that gave them three clear situations to convert in the first 10 minutes.

First it was a shot by Alejandro Gómez and then a lack of intelligence between the two Paraguayan central defenders who left the ball to Sergio Agüero in the small area for the new Barcelona player from Spain to take a float shot that went over the crossbar of the goal defended by Antony Silva.

However, in the 10th minute a combination of Lionel Messi with Ángel Di María ended with a pass between the lines of the PSG player for a subtle definition of Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez before the departure of Silva.

From that moment, Paraguay seemed to wake up with the speed and deployment of Miguel Almirón as a flag to reach the goal of Emiliano Martínez with danger.

At 17, a foul by José Gómez on Sergio Agüero left a dangerous free kick for the Albiceleste, which was executed by Lionel Messi with a shot that went near the Guaraní far post.

Two balls to the area that required the exits of Emiliano Martínez to avoid the air power of those led by Eduardo Berizzo and a triple action for Albirroja that always found an Argentine defender were the options to try to tie the score.

Averaging the second half, Di María after a combination sent a cross that ended with Junior Alonso pushing the ball over his own goal, but the Venezuelan referee Jesús Valenzuela annulled the goal with the confirmation of the VAR for an advanced position of Lionel Messi in the action previous.

In the first minutes of the second half, Paraguay took possession of the ball and by force of aerial centers it brought danger to the Argentine area that had Gabriel Ávalos the main reference in the search.

In the 60th minute, Miguel Almirón generated a free kick on the left side of the Guaraní offensive, but the execution was by Ángel Romero with a shot that was stopped by ‘Draw’ Martínez without rebounding.

Just two minutes before, Lionel Scaloni had decided to put an end to the first match in the selection of the Barcelona team when he determined the departure of ‘Kun’ Agüero for the entry of Joaquín Correa.

With possession of the ball and territorial dominance, Paraguay had a clear in the 76th minute after a foul by Cristian Romero on Ávalos that left a free kick to Ángel Romero who in his execution could not overcome the barrier.

In the 82nd minute after a series of changes from both teams, Lionel Messi took a shot from medium distance that Antony Silva solved with confidence.

The last minutes were with Paraguay looking to violate a tight defense of Argentina that sheltered to defend the advantage and end up winning again by the minimum to secure their place in the quarterfinals of this Copa América.

After this double victory against Uruguay and Paraguay, Argentina will have a rest day before their last presentation in this group stage against Bolivia next Monday, while Paraguay next Thursday will have a decisive cross against Chile and then their last presentation in this stage will be against Uruguay.

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