(EFE) – Argentina and Paraguay will expose this Monday their unbeaten in the duel that will close the third day of group A of the Copa América, in which both will seek a victory that brings them closer to qualifying for the quarterfinals of this contest continental selections, the oldest of all.
La Albiceleste, led by Lionel Scaloni, reaches this commitment as leader of the area after a debut with a draw against Chile (1-1) and a victory against Uruguay (1-0) in its second presentation.
With a title that has been denied since 1993, Argentina wants to win its 15th American crown and catch up with Uruguay at the top of the statistics, hand in hand with its captain and emblem Lionel Messi, who will not be from the game.
After Friday’s triumph in the Rio de la Plata classic, the Albiceleste delegation stayed in Brasilia awaiting the crossing against the Paraguayans with two training sessions at the local Brasiliense club complex.
In principle, Lionel Scaloni will make seven modifications to give rest to the usual starters, including two who drag physical discomforts such as Nicolás González and Giovani Lo Celso. While the Stuttgart winger wanted by Fiorentina presents a trauma to his right shoulder, the Rosario midfielder from Tottenham Hotspur English has a swelling in his left ankle.
The midfield will be shared by Guido Rodríguez and Leandro Paredes, who reappears after being absent against Uruguay. In the attack will be Ángel Di María, Papu Gómez and Sergio Agüero, three who did not have many chances in the last half.
“They are all here to play and that makes me very happy, the performance of the boys who played is good for the National Team,” said the coach after the victory against Uruguay.
For its part, Paraguay, which defeated Bolivia (3-1) in the debut, reaches this demanding commitment after a free date and with the expectations of being able to have a good performance and result against Argentina, where it would repeat the same eleven starters.
La Albirroja, directed by Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, is looking for the third Copa América after those won in 1953 and 1979, with Ángel Romero, Miguel Almirón and the leadership of Gustavo Gómez and Antony Silva as props.
After the triumph of the premiere against Bolivia, Paraguay returned to Asunción to prepare the duel against Albiceleste and returned to Brazilian territory this Sunday to face the final stretch of the group stage.
“Against Bolivia we played with a positive energy that cornered our rival and we were convinced of winning. We have to continue like this,” Berizzo said at the post-debut press conference.
Venezuelan Jesús Valenzuela is the designated referee for Monday’s match, on the third day of Group A, which also has Chile with four units, while Uruguay and Bolivia close it, without points.
ARGENTINA: Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Germán Pezzella, Cristian Romero, Lisandro Martínez and Nicolás Tagliafico; Guido Rodríguez, Leandro Paredes; Alejandro Gómez, Ángel Di María and Sergio Agüero. DT: Lionel Scaloni.
PARAGUAY: Antony Silva; Alberto Espínola, Gustavo Gómez, Junior Alonso and Santiago Arzamendia; Alejandro Romero Gamarra, Robert Piris Da Mota, Mathías Villasanti and Miguel Almirón; Ángel Romero and Gabriel Ávalos. DT: Eduardo Berizzo.
REFEREE: the Venezuelan Jesús Valenzuela.
STADIUM: Mané Garrincha, from Brasilia.