Lionel Messi and Argentina have booked a spot in the Copa América quarterfinals with a game to save on account of another thin 1-0 success in Brasília, this time over Paraguay. Messi played each of the 90 minutes, and Sergio Agüero began and had an hour-long appearance.
Actually as they did against Uruguay last Friday, Argentina began well with a very attacking lineup intended to press high up the pitch and cause issues with their quality and movement. Agüero had the first possibility yet missed it, and afterward Messi, Di María and Papu Gómez consolidated to score a wonderful opening goal.
Furthermore, actually as they did against Uruguay, Argentina withdrew and gave their adversaries the ball, hoping to remain strong at the back and bet that Paraguay would do not have the quality in front. That is practically how the remainder of the game unfurled, and Argentina nearly went into the half with a two-objective lead however a Junior Alonso own objective was prohibited for a Messi offside.
Paraguay came out with a lot of power in the subsequent half, yet their absence of genuine quality showed and Emi Martínez was never really upset in the Argentina objective. The Albiceleste was moderate and come up short on the last little detail in the counter assault in the subsequent half, and Messi had the solitary two shots on track for them.
The last whistle arrived at end a standard success for Argentina, who might have played much better yet got every one of the three focuses which was the objective coming into the game, particularly with every one of the pivots made by Lionel Scaloni.
Argentina presently have an entire week to rest, and are back in real life for the gathering stage finale next Monday against Bolivia requiring just a highlight finish in the main two — and stay away from Brazil in the quarterfinals.