Before the match against Paraguay, Messi’s team was in the first position of the table. South America’s qualification for the World Cup is getting interesting. Unfortunately to the Argentinian people, the team could not win a home-match against Paraguay.
1st half of the match
Scaloni decided to start with an interesting squad. First of all, Argentina had one main striker and then two wingers were helping him. Lautaro Martinez was the main striker and was playing as a ‘nine’. Lionel Messi and Ocampos were playing on the wings. It’s an interesting strategy because Messi was not playing only on the right wing. Barcelona’s captain was playing in the middle too and most of the time, Ocampos and Messi were switching positions. In the midfield, Scaloni decided to use four players and have three in the defense.
Match started with a sharp attack by Argentina. It was visible that Messi wanted to win a third match in a row in this qualification. Lionel Messi’s attacks were sharp and fans were waiting for the goal. In the middle of the match, Paraguay caught Argentina on a counter attack and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Romero took the ball and decided to use this chance. Striker of Paraguay scored the goal and gave a lead to his national team. Lionel Messi became more sharp in the attacking line. Soon, Argentina scored the first goal and equalized the match. AFter the pass of Lo Celso, Gonzalez scored a goal.
2nd half of the match
In the second half, Argentina’s attacking line was more active and aggressive. Messi even scored the goal but VAR checked the moment. Unfortunately to Argentinians, VAR decided that goal was scored with fault, so they rejected the goal. Messi was not happy with the decision, so he attacked more. In the second half, Argentina had three shots on target. They could not convert any of the shots. Team lost two important points at home stadium. Currently Brazil is the first team in the group and Argentina is second with seven points.