Argentina secured a 1-0 victory against Paraguay, thanks to Nicolas Otamendi's goal. Lionel Messi, although delivering an excellent performance, had two close encounters with the post but narrowly missed adding more goals for his team
Argentina asserted their dominance over Paraguay throughout the match, with or without Lionel Messi. While they secured a crucial three points, the closing moments provided more tension than they anticipated.
Argentina showcased its absolute dominance against Paraguay, leaving no room for doubt from the first whistle to the final minutes. Even without the formidable presence of Lionel Messi, they emerged with a hard-fought but somewhat nervy 1-0 victory.
The game began with a blazing start as Nicolas Otamendi found the net in the fourth minute, suggesting a potential goal-fest for Argentina. However, that was the sole goal they could muster, despite having numerous opportunities.
Lionel Messi joined the action shortly after halftime but couldn't alter the narrative, twice hitting the post, including once directly from a corner. The trio of Lautaro Martinez, Rodrigo de Paul, and Nico Gonzalez remained active in the attacking third, creating multiple chances but unable to secure the crucial second goal that would've sealed the deal.
In the end, Emiliano Martinez celebrated another clean sheet, setting an Argentine national team record by going 609 minutes without conceding a goal. Argentina remains unbeaten in World Cup qualifying under the leadership of Lionel Scaloni.
The Sporting News provided real-time updates, commentary, and highlights of the Argentina vs. Paraguay match.
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