The Argentina Selection will be measured this Thursday against Paraguay by the South American Qualifiers bound for Qatar 2022 and Lionel messi He will face one of the teams that most restricts his game.
The Argentine star made his debut in the Albiceleste on August 17, 2005 and since then, he has faced Albirroja on six occasions in the Qualifiers with very even statistics.
Messi against Paraguay:
– 09/03/05: Paraguay 1-0 Argentina. The goal was scored by Roque Santa Cruz.
– 09/06/08: Argentina 1-1 Paraguay. The goals were scored by Sergio Agüero with the assistance of Messi and Gabriel Heinze against.
– 09/09/09: Paraguay 1-0 Argentina. Nelson Haedo Valdéz was the scorer of the only goal of the match.
– 09/07/12: Argentina 3-1 Paraguay. The goals were scored by Ángel Di María, Gonzalo Higuaín and Messi, Jonathan Fabbro for the visitor.
– 09/10/13: Paraguay 2-5 Argentina. The goals were from José Ariel Núñez and Roque Santa Cruz; two from Messi, Agüero, Di María and Maxi Rodríguez.
– 11/12/20: Argentina 1-1 Paraguay. The goals were scored by Nicolás González and Óscar Romero (they annulled one for Messi through the VAR).
The statistics show that Messi scored three goals against Paraguay in the Qualifiers and won two games, tied two and lost another two.
The fact that stands out is that Heading to Russia 2018, he did not play either of the two games against Albirroja:
– 10/13/15: Paraguay 0-0 Argentina (Gernado ‘Tata’ Martino was DT).
– 10/11/16: Argentina 0-1 Paraguay (Edgardo ‘Patón’ Bauza was the coach).