WC qualifiers: Argentina held by spirited Paraguay

Argentina and Uruguay had to settle for goalless draws in their respective 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Colombia. In Asuncion, Argentina looked in control for most of the match but struggled to find a way past the hosts' defence as Albiceleste captain Lionel Messi endured a frustrating Thursday night.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward's best scoring chance came when he curled a first-half free-kick narrowly wide of the far post. The hosts had goalkeeper Antony Silva to thank for denying Argentina a late winner as he launched himself sideways to keep out Nicolas Gonzalez's dipping shot.

Carlos Gonzalez had a chance to steal an unlikely victory for Paraguay but sent his shot from 12 yards sailing over the bar. Argentina remain unbeaten with five wins and four draws from their nine qualifiers so far while Paraguay have two wins, six draws and two defeats, Xinhua reports.