The results of Friday dawn in the third round match of the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, and a disappointing draw for Argentina against Paraguay.
Argentina squandered two valuable points in the South American qualifiers for the World Cup, Qatar 2022, when they overturned their guests Paraguay to a 1-1 draw, in the match that was held at dawn on Friday, in the third round of the qualifiers.
After defeating Ecuador (1-0) and then Bolivia (2-1), Argentina,
led by Lionel Messi, the best player in the world six times,
faced a higher-level team that succeeded in snatching a tie point from the champions of 1978 and 1986.
Despite the equalizer, Argentina produced a convincing performance and were close to victory,
were it not for the video assistant referee’s interference and Messi depriving him of the winning goal in the second half.
Argentina raised its score to 7 points from three games, and its lead was threatened, i
n the event that Brazil (6) beat Venezuela on Friday.
At the “La Bombonera” stadium in the capital, Buenos Aires, without fans due to restrictions preventing the spread of the new Coronavirus, “Covid 19”,
the Paraguay national team got a penalty kick in the middle of the first half, after Lucas Martinis Quarta stood in the face of Miguel Almiron,
translated by Angel Romero. Franco Armani (22), scoring his third goal in the qualifiers.
But the host, who was missed by striker Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, just before entering the locker room,
from a corner kick by Giovanni Lucelso, substitute for the injured young Ezequiel Palacios in the first half,
was cut by a strong header of Stuttgart German Nicholas Gonzalez (22 years) from the edge of the small area in 40th minute.
“In Germany, I played as a left back with a defensive line of five or four players,” said Gonzalez (4 caps), who played late in midfield. We know that it is not my central position, but I try to help the team from any location. ”
And this is the first vertical goal resulting from a direct corner, scored by Argentina in 20 years in World Cup qualifiers.
“After the penalty kick, we were the best party, especially in the second half, although we did not win,
we must draw the positives from this performance,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said.
Argentina acquired the ball (68%) in contrast to Paraguayan high fitness and pressure on the ball holder.
Lautaro Martinez and Lucas Ocampos searched for Messi supplies,
while the returnee Angel Di Maria entered the last half hour, to play his 103rd international match.
But the Barcelona striker, who had doubts about his participation in an ankle injury, created opportunities for his teammates, especially Inter’s Italian striker Martinez,
and shook the net, before the video assistant referee intervened to calculate a foul fifty meters away that prevented “Albicelesti” progress (57).
The crossbar also repelled a far free kick by Messi in the 72nd minute,
to end the match in a draw before Argentina’s confrontation with its host Peru, Tuesday.
On the other hand, Paraguay remained unbeaten, raising its tally to 5 points from 3 matches. Alberuja has only lost an orphan once in the last seven matches against Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers.
“I salute the efforts of our players,” said their Argentine coach, Eduardo Perizzo. It was a demanding match from a defensive standpoint. Argentina deprived us of finding loopholes. ”
A deadly goal gives Ecuador a second victory
In a second match at dawn on Friday, the Ecuadorian national team continued its revival by defeating its host Bolivia 3-2 in La Paz.
Bolivia was the first to score through Juan Carlos Arsi in the 37th minute,
but the visitors responded strongly at the start of the second half with two goals by left defender Peder Caicedo (46) and the Mexican Lyon midfielder Angel Mena Delgado (55).
But the guests’ joy only lasted five minutes, as the veteran Brazilian Cruzeiro striker Marcelo Martins Moreno managed to equalize (50).
At the time when the match was breathing its last, Ecuador got a penalty kick after a handball on defender Adrian Joseno, which was confirmed after resorting to the video assistant referee “VAR”,
so German Augsburg midfielder Carlos Grueso successfully scored the winning goal in the 88th minute. .
This is the first time that Ecuador achieved a victory away from home in the qualifiers after being late in the first half,
putting an end to five successive losses outside their home country.
“(The result) sums up this team, which is always looking for victory,” said Argentine Ecuadorean coach Gustavo Alvaro. We deserve this victory. ”
It is the second consecutive victory for Ecuador, after the first at its home, Uruguay 4-2 in the second round, after losing to its host Argentina 0-1 in the first round.
On the other hand, bottom-of-the-table Bolivia suffered its third loss in succession after the first to its host Brazil by five clean,
and the second against its guest Argentina 1-2, remaining in the last place without a score.
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