Argentina vs Paraguay : ARGENTINA will look to get their Copa America back on track when they face Paraguay. Lionel Messi and co suffered a shock defeat to Colombia in their opening clash of the tournament – but Eduardo Berizzo’s men could only muster a draw against Qatar.
Lionel Messi could have no effect on Argentina’s result as they fell to a surprise defeat to Colombia
Lionel Messi could have no effect on Argentina’s result as they fell to a surprise defeat to ColombiaCredit: EPA
What time does Argentina vs Paraguay kick off?
This Copa America clash will take place on Thursday, June 20 at 1.30am UK time.
In Brazil, that is Wednesday, June 19 at 9.30pm.
The match will be held at Estadio Mieirao in Belo Horizonte.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi will be hoping to get Argentina firing at the Mineirao against a Paraguay side that was held to a 2-2 draw by Qatar in its opening match.
Nicolas Burdisso, who played with Messi at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, remains confident the Barcelona superstar can lead Argentina to its first senior title since 1993.
“He’s a leader who asks for the ball. He is the type of leader the team needs to win these matches, someone who makes decisions on the pitch,” Burdisso told TyC Sports.
“You can also have a leader by personality and, obviously, the coach. They help each other, they complement each other and do not fight between themselves.
“We always get caught up on Messi because he’s the best in the world and has earned that respect.”
It has been suggested Angel Di Maria will lose his place to Rodrigo De Paul for the match, following a bright second-half cameo from the latter winger against Colombia, while Lautaro Martinez could be picked ahead of Sergio Aguero up front.
Paraguay boss Eduardo Berizzo is also said to be considering changes, with Gustavo Gomez potentially set to be drafted into the centre of defence.
As we have become accustomed to when watching Argentina down the years, even with the world’s best player in their ranks, and a number of other world-class talents to support him, they so often come up short in major tournaments.
La Albiceleste have fallen at the quarter-final stage or earlier in six of their last seven World Cup participations since finishing runners-up in 1990, while also going 26 years without success in the Copa America.
If their opening-game showing against Colombia is anything to go by, that disappointing run could stretch another year when they co-host the tournament.
Argentina’s woes continued with a tacit defeat to Colombia in their Copa America 2019 opener. The attack just could not muster up enough clear chances to trouble Colombia, who on the day were the better side through and through in what was a deserved win.
With the defeat, Argentina are now rock bottom in Group A. But, Lionel Scaloni is aware even a third placed finish in the group could see them qualify to the knockout stage based on rankings. Paraguay and Qatar drew their respective opening fixture, which means a win for Argentina over Paraguay could see them climb up to second in the group, depending on other results.
Wednesday’s late group B kickoff sees Argentina face Paraguay at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. This is quite an important match for both teams if they want to progress to the next stage, as they both suffered disappointing results in their respective opening fixtures.