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Argentina On The Brink of Copa America Exit After Limping To Draw With Paraguay

Argentina On The Brink of Copa America Exit After Limping To Draw With Paraguay

Argentina are on the verge of being knocked out of the Copa America after they could only scrape a 1-1 draw against Paraguay.

Lionel Messi, of course, salvaged a point after he converted from the penalty spot in the 57th minute.

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But the 14-time winners sit rock bottom of Group B having lost their opening match 2-0 against Colombia at the weekend.

Despite a poor start to the tournament, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is convinced that his side will beat Qatar in the final group game.

"I see the team convinced that we will win the next match," he told reporters after the game.

"We have to keep looking for the team and improve. Frankly, it's a little frustrating not being able to get the win we need to take the next step.

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"We knew this would be difficult, we're still looking for the best group, for the best performance, to keep growing."

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni even admitted that his side were "lucky to be alive" after the 1-1 draw:

"The solution is that we have to win. We are lucky to be alive," he said.

"We have to look more like the second half, but be more balanced and thus be able to manage the game. Our first half was not good, we played with desperation at times and we couldn't control the play or create attacks.

"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."

As you can imagine, social media had plenty to say after Lionel Messi and co could only manage a point.


Argentina have lost four of the past five finals and their last victory was in 1993.

Do you think they can progress in the Copa America?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Football News, Football, Lionel Messi, Argentina, Copa America, Paraguay

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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