Argentina were expected to get their Copa America off to a great start against Colombia in their opening match, however the form-book was ripped-up as the Colombians took advantage of Argentina’s failure to turn dominance into goals and went 2-0 ahead in the final twenty minutes, goals coming courtesy of Duvan Zapata and Roger Martinez. As such, the pressure will be heavy on Argentina to issue an immediate response to this disappointing defeat when they take to the big stage this evening.
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Paraguay are providing Argentina with their opposition tonight and while they avoided defeat in their opening game of the tournament, the 2-2 draw with minnows Qatar won’t be setting the pulses racing too much. Indeed the South Americans looked set to be on their way to a routine victory when they went ahead within four minutes thanks to the efforts of Oscar Cardozo and they added a second through Derlis Gonzales early in the second half. It wasn’t to be however and Qatar mounted a late rally and drew level thanks to an Almoez Ali goal and an own-goal from Rodrigo Rojas.
Argentina may have got off to a poor start, however it would be foolish to write them off in this match. Indeed they hardly ever put in a poor performance and despite finishing their opening match on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline, they did dominate proceedings and it was simply bad luck which prevented them from walking away with three points. If Qatar can score twice against Paraguay, then the likelihood of Messi and Aguero managing the same seems extremely high, BetVictor Bookmakers going 11/8 on Argentina to win-to-nil.