Lionel Messi Voices His Frustration At Argentina's Failure To Win Games In Copa América

A frustrated Lionel Messi has shared his disappointment about Argentina's failure to beat Paraguay in the Copa América.

La Albiceleste secured a 1-1 draw against their opponents and are on the verge of being knocked out of the competition.

And the Barcelona talisman, 31, kept his side alive in the Copa América when he fired home from the spot kick to cancel out Richard Sánchez's first-half opener.

But Messi was unable to hide how disappointed he was with their performance against the Paraguayans.

"Frankly, it's a little frustrating not being able to get the win we need to take the next step. We knew this would be tough," he told reporters after the match.

"We're still looking for the best group, for the best performance, to keep growing. [The Argentina squad] is hurt by the situation because we can't manage to win a game.

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Credit: PA

"We know today was key for us. We know we have to win the next game to advance. We know we'll be playing for our lives.

"It would be crazy if we can't advance from the group stage, when basically three [teams] advance from each group. I have no doubt we'll do it."

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner fought hard for his side, with fans quick to point out the little support that he was receiving from his teammates.

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Credit: PA

And the Argentine superstar also took Sánchez to school with his incredible dummy movement.

La Albiceleste are bottom of Group B and will play against Qatar on Sunday in a must-win clash.

"We are lucky that we are still alive in this tournament," Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni admitted.

"Our first half was not good, we played with desperation at times and we couldn't control the play or create attacks.

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Credit: PA

"We had a very clear plan but couldn't execute it as we kept losing the ball.

"They scored with their first attack and that caused us a lot of uncertainty.

"For a team like Argentina, which feels like it always has to win, the first blow is hard to take, but we assured the players at half-time that it was just one goal."

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