Copa America | Argentina held by Paraguay

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Paraguay drew 1-1 with Argentina in the early hours of Thursday morning, as Lionel Messi's penalty cancelled out a Richard Sanchez opener.

Despite another shaky performance in the Copa America, Argentina still have their fate in their hands to reach the quarter-finals after drawing 1-1 with Paraguay on Wednesday as fortune shined on their side three times.

However, the Asian champions are in the same boat as Argentina, with one point from two matches, and are even ahead of Lionel Scaloni's team on goal difference. "We're on the right track but we're still a long way from achieving all we really want", Rodriguez told reporters.

Both Argentina and Colombia are trying to end title droughts, with the Argentines winless since the 1993 Copa America and the Colombians without a trophy since the 2001 edition. The Argentine team hasn't showed any kind of form remotely close to their form of the glory days and if they continue their tentative run of play, it would be hard for Argentina to proceed ahead.

Three times - 2007, 2015 and 2016 - he's lost in a Copa America final and in 2014 Argentina were also defeated by Germany in the World Cup final.

Like Messi, Di Maria was left out of a succession of Argentina friendlies following the team's World Cup exit at the last 16 stage in Russian Federation. "We are lucky to be alive", he said.

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Messi has now scored 68 goals and assisted a further 43 strikes in 132 matches for Argentina. Copa America 2019 Schedule in IST, Free PDF Download: Get Fixtures, Groups and Time Table With Match Timings and Venue Details of Football Tournament in Brazil.

That means La Albiceleste have just one win from six tournament games - against Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup - since Lionel Messi returned to the worldwide side in 2016.

Argentina's caretaker coach Lionel Scaloni made four changes to the team that were beaten 2-0 by Colombia, which included dropping Sergio Aguero.

As an attacking force in the first period, they were barely recognizable.

A defeat at the Minerao arena in Belo Horizonte would have implied that Argentina could end at no higher than third place - Colombia have officially won the group after two straight successes.

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