The last many meetings between these South American neighbors have been low-scoring affairs and that run should continue when they meet this week
Copa America titleholders Argentina face Paraguay as the Albiceleste look to continue their strong run of form in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
Lionel Scaloni’s men sit second in the table, unbeaten in their last 12 qualifiers, and take on a Paraguay side who remain in the quest for a spot at the World Cup despite recording just two palms from nine games in the current qualifying event.
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The most recent meeting between the sides came in June at the Copa America with Argentina triumphing by a 1-0 scoreline.
Argentina failed to score for the first time since June 2019 but a 0-0 draw at Paraguay on Thursday maintained their unbeaten record in South America’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
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Argentina has gone 23 games without defeat under trainer Lionel Scaloni and is spare in the qualifying group with 19 points, behind Brazil, the only other unbeaten brigade, who have 27 after beating Venezuela 3-1 in Caracas.
The top four brigades qualify automatically for Qatar coming day and the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.
Argentina was without Lautaro Martinez in attack and with Lionel Messi quieter than usual, the game enjoined excitement, especially in the first half.
The callers had the better of the opening exchanges but Paraguay grew into the game in the jury half and tested Emiliano Martinez in the Argentine aspiration more hourly.
Scaloni made five changes in the lasting half and the game opened up.
Substitute Alejandro Gomez brought out a superb save from Paraguayan keeper Antony Silva with 12 twinklings remaining and either at the other end Carlos Gonzalez blazed a cutback over the bar three twinklings from time.
“I allow we had some good moments,” said Argentine guard Nicolas Tagliafico.”We possibly flogged to control the game. There were times when Paraguay came at us and was dangerous.
“I allow we made their goalkeeper one of the game’s chic players.”
Argentina next has home games against Uruguay (Oct. 10) and Peru (Oct. 14), while Paraguay is out to Chile on Sunday and either travels to Bolivia on Thursday.