Copa América group stage game, with Argentina taking on Paraguay on Tuesday the 22nd of June, 2021, at Estádio Nacional de Brasília.

Earlier this month, against Chile (in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers), Colombia (same qualifiers) and against Chile again (in Copa América), Argentina had been better than their rivals, but all they managed in all three matches was a draw. Against Uruguay the other day, finally, their superiority on the pitch got translated to three points. By the time they opened the scoring in the 13th minute they had already threatened Uruguay twice, and remained the most threatening team even after going 1-0 up. That score did not change, the Argentinians celebrated their first victory in Copa América, 






moving up to four points. Their current form reads; WDDDW. Their last group match is in a week from now, against Bolivia. Obviously, they want to finish top of the group, as as not to meet Brazil earlier than the final (if both teams go all the way). Coach Lionel Scaloni chose a 4-3-3 formation against Uruguay. Guido Rodríguez headed the ball in to score the only goal of the match, making perfect use of a Lionel Messi cross. That was actually his first goal for Argentina, on his 11th appearance.

Paraguay are the only team in this group to have played only one game, they beat Bolivia 3-1 on their debut despite conceding first, early, in the 1oth minute, from the penalty spot. Crucially, Bolivia were left with 10 men just before halftime, and the Paraguayans did not let the opportunity go wasted, they scored three goals between the 62nd and 80th minute to win 3-1. 



Their current form reads; WLDDD. They should finish in the top four and reach the quarterfinals, hoping to avoid finishing 4th, so as to face anyone but Brazil in the first knock-out round. Coach Eduardo Berizzo played a 4-2-3-1 formation against Bolivia, with Ávalos up front. Alejandro Romero equalized 1-1 in the 62nd minute, Ángel Romero gave Paraguay the lead three minutes later and the same player secured all three points with his second personal goal in the 80th minute.

Argentina and Paraguay have faced each other more than a hundred times in the past (104), with the Argentinians having a clearly better record of 54W, 34D and 16L. In Copa América, they last met two years ago, in Brazil, it was a group stage game that ended in a 1-1 draw.

A 1-0 victory for Argentina is predicted at full-time.

Date: Tuesday, 22nd of June, 2021.

Venue: Estádio Nacional de Brasília

Kick-off time: 02:00 (GMT+2).



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