Paraguay and Argentina tied 1-1 in a vibrant game for Group B of CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2019. With this, the Albirroja accumulates 2 points while Argentina is last with 1 as well as Qatar. Colombia classified as first with 6 perfect points.
Paraguay’s first goal came after a great ride by Miguel Almirón who won the bottom line and put the center back for the arrival of Richard Sanchez, who scored for Paraguay.
Paraguay was better in all the first half, and in the second the game was excited. After a hand (from Iván Piris) determined through the VAR, it was Lionel Messi who changed the sanction by goal despite the stretch of Roberto Fernandez.
La Albirroja had the brilliant opportunity to score the second goal with Derlis Gonzalez, but this time the penalty was contained by the Argentine goalkeeper Franco Armani.
On the final date, Paraguay will face the already classified Colombia in Salvador, while Argentina will face Qatar in Porto Alegre.
- Argentina and Paraguay have tied for the fifth time in their last nine CONMEBOL Copa América matches (Argentina 4V); they had only tied one of their previous 16 matches in the competition, 0-0 in 1924 (Argentina’s 15 victories).
- Paraguay have nine CONMEBOL Copa América matches without victories (5E 4D), with just one win in their last 19 games (1V 10E 8D); they beat Jamaica 1-0 in 2015.
- Argentina has not lost against Paraguay for CONMEBOL Copa América (19V 6E); it is the second team it has faced more times without losing in the competition (20V 7E vs Chile).
- Both Paraguay and Argentina had a penalty in this match; there were already more penalties in the CONMEBOL Copa América 2019 (5 in 10 matches) than in the entire CONMEBOL Copa América 2016 (4 in 32 matches).
- Miguel Almirón assisted his second goal at the Copa América 2019; the last Paraguayan to assist more than one goal in an edition was Edgar Barreto (3, in 2007). Today was the Newcastle player’s third assist with Paraguay (19PJ).
- Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored his fifth goal against Paraguay; it’s the team he’s scored the most, and all five were still balls: one direct free kick and four penalties.
- Lionel Messi scored his 14th penalty goal for Argentina and is the second to score this way in Copa América; the previous one had also been against Paraguay in 2015.
- The last two penalties saved in Copa América are from Argentine goalkeepers (excluding penalty shootouts): Sergio Romero in 2016 (to Luis Seijas of Venezuela) and Franco Armani in 2019 (to Derlis Gonzalez of Paraguay).