Argentina and Lionel Messi's first final

A chastening 2-0 defeat to Colombia in their opening match was followed up by a 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Wednesday evening, leaving Messi and co with one point from two games and fourth in their group, behind Qatar on goal difference. We know we have to win the next game to advance'.

Paraguay must be disappointed with their display against Qatar as they threw away a two-goal advantage to finish with a point.

Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who only took over Colombia after leaving his job with Iran at the end of the January-February Asian Cup, paid tribute to the side's collective effort.

This time around, Argentina will struggle to even make it out of the group stage.

"The important thing is to stay on the right path and correct our mistakes".

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.

But it was two players who began the game on the bench that took the chance to steal the headlines.

Newcastle's Miguel Almiron and West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena are familiar faces in a solid squads, but we're not sure they have the attacking firepower to get out of this group.

It was a fast and furious opening that proved too helter skelter to produce any genuine chances.

Colombia find themselves in the enviable position of knowing they can secure their passage to the quarter-finals with a game to spare, if they can get the job done against Qatar. Argentina have never lost to Paraguay in the Copa America though under the current form that could change quickly.

"Our first half was not good, we played with desperation at times and we couldn't control the play or create attacks".

"I found the state of the pitch regrettable, it was the first match there, I don't want to imagine what will happen from here onwards".

A Lionel Messi penalty and spot-kick save by goalkeeper Franco Armani kept Argentina's Copa America hopes alive as they put in another sub-par performance in a 1-1 draw with Paraguay. - Colombia won 2-0.

"For us, we can't think we are candidates just because we beat Messi's Argentina, there's still work to do".

  • Julie Sanders