Valdez-Barrios spoils the day for Messi & Co


Argentina: 2 (Aguero- 29′, Messi- 36′- Penalty)

Paraguay: 2 (Haedo Valdéz -60′, Barrios-90′)

Match Drawn

90′ GOAL! The Equalizer for Paraguay! A free kick is chipped into the heart of the penalty area by Ortigoza before being nodded into the path of Barrios, who then beats Romero with an excellent low strike into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal. 

60′ Goaaallllll! This time Paraguay! What a strike by Valdez! Paraguay play some lovely football deep inside the Argentina half of the pitch before Valdez unleashes a brilliant strike from 25 yards out that flies past the outstretched arm of Romero and into the top of the net. Game on!

48′ Yellow card to Derlis Gonzalez

Half Time score: Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

36′ Goaaaaallllll!! Second Goal for Argentina. This time Messi scores from Penalty.

35′ PENALTY! Messi dances past three Paraguayan players before teeing up Di Maria, who sprints into the right-hand side of the penalty area before being clumsily clipped to the ground by Samudio, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.

29′ GOAL! Sergio Aguero Argentina have taken the lead! A truly terrible attempted back pass from Samudio gifts Aguero with the perfect opportunity to round Silva and tap the ball into the back of the empty net, which is exactly what he does to put his side 1-0 ahead.

Match Kick off

Paraguay starting XI (4-3-3): Silva, Caceres, Da Silva, Aguilar, Samudio, Caceres, Ortigoza, Ortiz, Valdez, Santa Cruz, Bobadilla.

Argentina starting XI (4-3-3): Romero, Roncaglia, Otamendi, Garay, Rojo, Banega, Mascherano, Pastore, Messi, Aguero, Di Maria.