Paraguay lost to Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers 2026, setting the stage for a double encounter. The first match unfolded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 12, 2023, while the second is scheduled for Asunción, Paraguay, on November 14, 2024.
With Argentina holding the status of world champions and boasting a considerably stronger team, they emerged as the favorites in both matches. However, Paraguay, a team fueled by pride and determination, aimed to put up a formidable fight against their rivals.
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Argentina Secures a Perfect Start in Qatar 2026 Qualifiers
In a remarkable display of prowess, Argentina extended their flawless run in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2026 qualifiers, notching up three consecutive wins. Their latest victory came against Paraguay at the Estadio Monumental, where they clinched a 1-0 triumph.
The decisive moment arrived in the 4th minute when Nicolas Otamendi found the back of the net with a powerful header from a corner kick. Argentina created numerous opportunities to widen their lead but fell short in capitalizing on them.
Paraguay, on the other hand, had their own chances but couldn’t convert them into goals. The best opportunity for the Paraguayan side materialized in the second half when Miguel Almiron saw his shot saved by Argentina’s goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez.
The victory catapults Argentina to the top of the group with nine points, while Paraguay currently holds second place with six points.
Starting Lineups: Paraguay lost to Argentina
Argentina: Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Di Maria
Paraguay: Silva; Espinola, Balbuena, Gomez, Arzamendia; Sanchez, Romero, Morel; Almiron, Gonzalez, Romero
Stay tuned for more thrilling developments in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.