Lionel Messi has said that Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Qatar in the 2019 Copa America in Brazil will help them “gain confidence” going into the knockout rounds. After two games of their Group B campaign, Argentina had just one point following a defeat to Colombia and draw with Paraguay.
But Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero netted against Qatar on Sunday to secure Argentina second place in their pool, meaning they advance to the quarter-finals where they will meet Venezuela. Messi believes the victory over Qatar can help Argentina build some momentum going into the knockout rounds, per the team’s official website (h/t Press Association, via MailOnline):
“We had a good match and we won, which was the most important. We needed a game like this, to gain confidence and be calm. As the games go by, the team has to grow and this match served that purpose. Now starts another Copa. Now starts all or nothing.”
Argentina have reached the final in the last two editions of the Copa America but lost on both occasions to Chile on penalties. On the basis of their performances so far in Brazil, it would be a major achievement were they to go as far again this year. Even in victory at Porto Alegre’s Arena do Gremio on Sunday, Lionel Scaloni’s side looked unconvincing.
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17 July, 2019