Argentina 1-1 Paraguay: Messi & co winless in Copa America

Argentina have taken their first point from two group games at the 2019 Copa America after a second half Lionel Messi penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw against Paraguay on Wednesday.

Lionel Scaloni’s side are bottom of Group B having lost their opener 2-0 against Colombia. Victory against Qatar in their final group game on Sunday should see them through to the quarter-finals.

Richard Sanchez had given Paraguay a first half lead in the 37th minute after Argentina had dominated much of the possession and territory without really troubling¬†Gatito Fernandez’s goal. Shortly after, Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani was fortunate to escape with a yellow card for a last man foul on Derlis Gonzalez just outside his own penalty area. Neither side created too much after Messi’s equaliser.

Colombia’s 1-0 win over over Qatar booked their place into the quarter-finals, whilst Paraguay are on two points having drawn their opener 2-2 against Qatar. They have thrown away the lead in both games.