Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal against Bolivia during their Copa America match on Monday. Associated Press
A Lionel Messi penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw for Argentina against Paraguay on Wednesday as the two-time world champions once again struggled at the Copa America. Messi swept in a 57th-minute spot-kick
Argentina got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the perfect start on Thursday when Lionel Messi’s early penalty gave them a 1-0 win over Ecuador in a lacklustre match in Buenos Aires.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the hero as Messi’s Argentina defeated Colombia on penalties on Tuesday to set up a dream Copa America final against Neymar’s Brazil. Argentina stopper Martinez saved three penalties in the shoot-out
Cameroon finished third on four points, two points below second-placed Switzerland, who defeated Serbia 3-2. Brazil, who had already qualified, finished on top on goal difference with six points and will face South Korea in the last 16.
Coach Fernando Santos made six changes from the team that beat Uruguay to clinch qualification for the knock-outs, with Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix among those rested.
The 47-year-old went for checks after feeling unwell around lunchtime, with The Australian newspaper saying it was a heart issue but not serious. "I only heard it a minute ago," Australian skipper Pat Cummins said in a press conference after the third day's play.