Copa america 2021 latest news update

Copa america 2021 latest news update


Papu Gmez scored in the 10th minute as Argentina beat Paraguay 1-0 and secured a place in the Copa America.


The result at the Man Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia took Argentina to the top of Group A with seven points from three matches. The match also gave Lionel Messi the twelfth national team record, the equivalent of retired defender Javier Mascherano.


Chile, also advancing to the quarterfinals, are second in the group with five points after a 1-1 draw with Uruguay. Paraguay has three points, followed by Uruguay (1) and Bolivia (0).


Captain Messi, who wanted his first title with the national team, had to work with a team affected by six changes in the first team.


Defenders Germn Pezzella and Nicols Tagliafico, midfielders Rodrigo de Paul and Leandro Paredes; and forward Sergio Aguero and ngel di Maria began. Nicols Otamendi, Marcos Acua, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso, Lautaro Martnez and Nico Gonzlez were left out of the squad.


The changes did not prevent Argentina from starting strong. At the start of the match, Messi found Di Mara on the right, and the veteran player escaped from Paraguay's defense with the help of Gmez. The striker raised the ball towards Paraguay goalkeeper Antony Silva.


Argentina forced Silva to make significant savings in the first half but the team's strength diminished in the second half, as has been the case in several recent games.


I was looking forward to this opportunity, "said Gmez of Argentina after the game.


I think of my family, my friends. It comes to your mind that you have made a great effort (to be there). I had the patience to wait.


Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said he was concerned about player fatigue after a long season and three straight Copa America games.


These conditions were not the best to play, he said.


The second half is also suitable for Paraguay. But it is clear that we must improve.


Messi has not had the best game in the tournament so far, but he still earns the respect of the man who holds the record for most games played in Argentina.


There is no one better than you to continue to grow this legend and become the player with the most caps in our beloved national team, Mascherano posted on Instagram.


There is no better representative in the world.


Argentina's final group match will be on Monday against Bolivia. Paraguay will face Chile on Thursday. The top four in each of the five teams will advance.


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