Argentina conceded a first-half penalty however recovered to safe a 1-1 draw towards Paraguay within the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Buenos Aires on Thursday.
Angel Romero scored his third purpose in three internationals when he coolly rolled residence the penalty for Paraguay halfway by way of the half after Lucas Martinez Quarta was adjudged to have introduced down Miguel Almiron.
Nicolas Gonzalez equalised for Argentina 4 minutes earlier than half-time when he bulleted a header residence from a Giovani Lo Celso nook kick. After matching the house facet for the opening interval Paraguay had been on the again foot for many of the second half within the Boca Juniors stadium, empty due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Argentina thought that they had taken the lead after an hour when Lionel Messi side-footed residence, however the purpose was chalked off for an earlier infringement inside their very own half that was picked up by the Video Assistant Referee. On the different finish, Paraguay had a loud shout for a penalty turned down after the ball hit the arm of centre again Nicolas Otamendi, who lamented Argentina’s luck after the sport.
“I believe within the first half we had been a bit uncomfortable with the stress however once we managed to cross the ball about and discover areas we spent virtually the whole second interval of their half of the sphere,” Otamendi stated. “We obtained the purpose however sadly it didn’t stand.”
The end result means either side stay unbeaten after the primary three of their 18-game quest to achieve the finals in Qatar. The highest 4 within the 10-team South American qualifying part robotically make the finals, and the fifth-placed facet go into an inter-regional play-off.
Argentina’s subsequent recreation is away at Peru on Tuesday, whereas Paraguay tackle backside facet Bolivia at residence the identical day. Bolivia misplaced 3-2 at residence to Ecuador earlier within the day due to a late penalty. The house facet took the lead shortly earlier than half-time just for Ecuador to attain twice early within the second interval.
Though Marcelo Moreno equalised for Bolivia, Carlos Gruezo scored Ecuador’s winner from the spot two minutes from time, consigning Bolivia to their third loss.