Copa America - Group B
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Copa America: Sergio Aguero helps Argentina beat Qatar 2-0 to reach quarter-finals

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi struggled to influence proceedings after scoring a penalty against Paraguay in Argentina's last game

Sergio Aguero sealed an unconvincing Argentina side's passage into the quarter-finals of the Copa America as they saw off Qatar in Porto Alegre.

Aguero's late right-foot drive from 15 yards sealed a 2-0 win after Lautaro Martinez netted in the third minute.

Bassam Al-Rawi, whose misplaced pass had allowed Martinez to score, hit the post for Qatar, who are eliminated.

Lionel Scaloni's side finish second in Group B behind Colombia, and will face Venezuela in the last eight.

Meanwhile, group winners Colombia's 1-0 win over third-placed Paraguay ensured Argentina's progress.

A 2-0 defeat by Colombia and a 1-1 draw with Paraguay had meant that Argentina had to beat the group's bottom side Qatar to avoid a humiliating group-stage exit from the competition.

However, it was far from a comfortable evening for the two-time World Cup winners against the 2022 World Cup hosts, who are ranked 55th in the world - despite making the perfect start, with 21-year-old Inter Milan forward Martinez scoring so early.

Manchester City forward Aguero and Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who produced an underwhelming performance, both missed excellent opportunities while Qatar threatened on the counter-attack until Aguero's late intervention.

Argentina now face Venezuela in their quarter-final on Friday, 28 June at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Line-ups

Qatar

  • 1Al Sheeb
  • 2Carvalho Deus CorreiaSubstituted forKhaleefa Hamidat 85'minutes
  • 15Al Rawi
  • 16Khoukhi
  • 14Al HajriSubstituted forAl Ahrakat 77'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 5Salman
  • 10Al Haydos
  • 12BoudiafBooked at 75mins
  • 6Mohammed
  • 19Zainalabiddin AbdullaBooked at 51mins
  • 11Afif

Substitutes

  • 4Ali Mukhtar
  • 7Al Aaeldin Abdelmotaal
  • 8Khaleefa Hamid
  • 9Al Ahrak
  • 13Al Muhaza
  • 17Moein Doozandeh
  • 18Fathy Abdoulla
  • 20Afif Yahya
  • 21Mohamed Ali
  • 22Al Bakri

Argentina

  • 1Armani
  • 4Saravia
  • 2FoythBooked at 44minsSubstituted forPezzellaat 85'minutes
  • 17Otamendi
  • 3Tagliafico
  • 16de Paul
  • 5Paredes
  • 20Lo CelsoBooked at 42minsSubstituted forAcuñaat 55'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 22MartínezSubstituted forDybalaat 76'minutes
  • 9Agüero

Substitutes

  • 6Pezzella
  • 7Pereyra
  • 8Acuña
  • 11Di María
  • 12Marchesín
  • 13Funes Mori
  • 14Casco
  • 15Pizarro
  • 18Rodríguez
  • 19Suárez
  • 21Dybala
  • 23Musso
Referee:
Julio Bascuñán
Attendance:
41,390

Match Stats

Home TeamQatarAway TeamArgentina
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home4
Away19
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Qatar 0, Argentina 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Qatar 0, Argentina 2.

Booking

Abdullah Al Ahrak (Qatar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rodrigo de Paul (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdullah Al Ahrak (Qatar).

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

Boualem Khoukhi (Qatar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcos Acuña (Argentina).

Hamid Ismaeil (Qatar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Germán Pezzella replaces Juan Foyth.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Qatar. Hamid Ismaeil replaces Pedro Miguel because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Pedro Miguel (Qatar).

Goal!

Goal! Qatar 0, Argentina 2. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paulo Dybala.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tarek Salman (Qatar).

Hand ball by Bassam Al Rawi (Qatar).

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

Karim Boudiaf (Qatar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marcos Acuña with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Qatar. Abdullah Al Ahrak replaces Salem Al Hajri.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Paulo Dybala replaces Lautaro Martínez.

Booking

Karim Boudiaf (Qatar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Leandro Paredes (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karim Boudiaf (Qatar).

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

Pedro Miguel (Qatar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Akram Afif (Qatar) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Almoez Ali.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Tarek Salman (Qatar).

Rodrigo de Paul (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karim Boudiaf (Qatar).

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicolás Tagliafico.

Rodrigo de Paul (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Almoez Ali (Qatar).

Foul by Lautaro Martínez (Argentina).

Tarek Salman (Qatar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lautaro Martínez (Argentina) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Paredes with a cross.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Boualem Khoukhi.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 23rd June 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32108087
2Venezuela31203125
3Peru311136-34
4Bolivia300329-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia33004049
2Argentina31113304
3Paraguay302134-12
4Qatar301225-31

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chile22006156
2Uruguay21106244
3Japan201126-41
4Ecuador200216-50
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