Argentina arrived at Belo Horizonte after training in El Salvador on Sunday.
La Albiceleste started their Copa America campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Colombia in the Group B, leaving Lionel Messi’s team with the need of beating Paraguay on Wednesday (19th June) at the Estadio Minerao.
With the top two from each group reaching the quarterfinals, Argentina will qualify if they win their next two games against Paraguay and Qatar.
In addition, the best two team who finished in third place will also qualify.
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The tournament hosts held a news conference at their team hotel in Salvador ahead of their second round match against Venezuela on Sunday, with Paris Saint-Germain full-back Alves returning to his home state of Bahia, where he feels that fans are more supportive.
In their first game against Bolivia, most in the crowd of 46,342 at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo jeered with the score goalless. Philippe Coutinho’s brace within eight minutes of the restart and Everton Soares’ late strike eventually gave Canarinho a comfortable win, with the men in yellow now taking on Venezuela in their second game as the look to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.
“I always make myself clear that, when you have an extra like Ney(mar), you are a little bit stronger,” said the veteran skipper ahead of the game.
“But when you don’t have him, that doesn’t mean that you are weaker. (With him), you increase your qualities, your power. But it doesn’t decrease if he’s not there. I believe that our responsibility remains the same here at the national team.”
Uruguay made a strong start to their Copa America campaign with a 4-0 victory over 10-man Ecuador in Belo Horizonte.
Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring after just six minutes and things only got worse for Ecuador when Jose Quintero was shown a red card after a Video Assistant Review decision for catching Lodeiro with an elbow in the 24th minute.
Oscar Tabarez’s side took advantage of their extra man, with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez extending the lead before the break.
An own goal from Arturo Mina late in the second half capped off a torrid night for Hernan Dario Gomez and his men, who were never able to take control of the game.
Uruguay will next face Japan on Saturday, while Ecuador will meet defending champions Chile on Sunday.
In the night’s earlier game, Qatar fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Paraguay in Rio de Janeiro.
Oscar Cardozo’s converted a spot kick after just four minutes and later had a goal disallowed by VAR five minutes into the second half.
Derlis Gonzalez managed to double Paraguay’s lead in the 56th minute, but Qatar’s luck changed dramatically when star man Almoez Ali’s curled effort found the back of the net 12 minutes later.
With 13 minutes to play, fortunes turned in Qatar’s favour again when Rodrigo Rojas headed Boualem Khoukhi’s effort into his own goal before finishing up tangled in the net.
Qatar’s next opponents are Colombia on Thursday evening and Paraguay will face Argentina in the early hours of Friday morning.
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