Copa America: Gomez helps Argentina beat Paraguay

Argentina secured its place in the quarter-finals of Copa America on Monday when it beat Paraguay 1-0 in a game notable for Lionel Messi’s record-equalling 147th appearance for the national side.

The victory was Argentina’s second 1-0 win in a row in the tournament. The result pushed it to seven points from three matches and leaves it top of Group A, two points ahead of Chile, four ahead of Paraguay and six ahead of Uruguay.

Bolivia is bottom with no points from two matches, with four of the five teams in the group qualifying for the last-eight stage. Paraguay had never beaten Argentina over 90 minutes in Copa America. And, the team was up against it as early as the 10th minute. Alejandro Gomez took a delightful pass from Angel Di Maria and dinked the ball over the diving Paraguay