Argentina will rely on Lionel Messi and history against Paraguay in the Copa America 2021.


In 22 games in the South American tournament, Paraguay has never beaten Argentina.

Copa America 2021: Argentina counting on Lionel Messi and history against Paraguay
Argentina’s Lionel Messi is hoping for his first Copa America trophy. AP

With a win over Paraguay on Monday, Argentina will be turning on Lionel Messi to help them qualify for the Copa America knockout stages.

Argentina will aim for a motivated Messi at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia as the 33-year-old football legend tries to win his first Copa America trophy with Argentina.

Argentina and Chile are tied for third position with four points, one more behind Paraguay, who has a game in hand. Uruguay and Bolivia both have a score of zero.

Each group’s top four teams advance to the knockout stages.

Argentina defender Cristian Romero said, “We will play match after match, but it is apparent we have a wonderful team and where we can go rests only on ourselves.”

Messi was instrumental in Argentina’s 1-1 tie with Chile and 1-0 victory over Uruguay. Messi will make his 147th appearance for Argentina against Paraguay, equaling Javier Mascherano’s record.

Due to injuries, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni may be unable to rely on midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and winger Nicolás González, with Exequiel Palacios and ngel Di Mara as probable alternatives.

Paraguay has never beaten Argentina in 22 meetings in the South American championship, having defeated Bolivia 3-1 in their only match so far.

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