Argentina beat Paraguay 1-0 on Monday in an intense duel thanks to a loner goal by Alejandro Gómez in a meeting of the third day of group A of the America Cup that is disputed in Brazil. In this way, the Albiceleste remains the leader of the group with seven points, two ahead of their escort. Chile -which drew 1-1 with Uruguay-, while Paraguay is third with three points, the ‘Celeste’ adds one and Bolivia closes without adding yet.
Those led by Lionel Scaloni, like the last match against Uruguay, had a start of pure pressure and achieved a territorial dominance that gave them three clear situations to score in the first ten minutes. First it was a shot by Alejandro Gómez and then a mismatch between the two Paraguayan central defenders, who left the ball to Sergio Agüero in the small area so that the new player of the Barcelona He took a shot that went over the crossbar of the goal defended by Antony Silva.
However, at minute 10 a combination of Lionel messi with Ángel Di María ended with a pass between the lines of the PSG player for a subtle definition ‘prick’ by Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez before the departure of Silva.
From that moment, Paraguay seemed to wake up with the speed and deployment of Miguel Almirón as a flag to reach the goal of Emiliano Martínez with danger. However, at 17 minutes a foul by José Gómez on Sergio Agüero left a dangerous free kick for Albiceleste, which Lionel Messi executed with a shot that went near the Guaraní far post.
Two balls to the area that required the exits of Emiliano Martínez to avoid the air power of those led by Eduardo Berizzo and a triple action for Albirroja that an Argentine defender always found were the options to try to tie the score.
In the first minutes of the second half, Paraguay took possession of the ball and by force of aerial centers it brought danger to the Argentine area that had Gabriel Ávalos the main reference in the search.
In the middle of the second half, Di María after a combination sent a cross that ended with Junior Alonso pushing the ball over his own goal, but the Venezuelan referee Jesús Valenzuela annulled the goal with the confirmation of the VAR by an advanced position of Lionel Messi in the previous action.
In the 60th minute, Miguel Almirón generated a free kick on the left side of the Guaraní offensive, but the execution was by Ángel Romero with a shot that was contained by ‘Draw’ Martínez without rebounding. Just two minutes before, Lionel Scaloni had decided to put an end to the first match in the selection of the Barcelona team when he determined the departure of ‘Kun’ Agüero for Joaquín Correa to enter.
With possession of the ball and territorial dominance, Paraguay had a clear chance in the 76th minute after a foul by Cristian Romero on Ávalos that left Ángel Romero a free kick, who in his execution could not overcome the barrier.
In the 82nd minute after a series of changes from both teams, Lionel Messi took a shot from medium distance that Antony Silva solved with confidence. The last minutes were played with Paraguay seeking to violate a tight defense of Argentina, who sheltered to defend the advantage and end up winning again for the minimum to secure their place in the quarterfinals of this Copa América.
After this double victory against Uruguay and Paraguay, Argentina will have a rest day before their last presentation in this group stage against Bolivia next Monday, while Paraguay next Thursday will have a decisive cross against Chile and then their last presentation in this stage will be against Uruguay.