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Summary

  1. Paraguay come from 2-0 down to draw
  2. Aguero slotted opener after poor backpass
  3. Messi second from spot for Argentina
  4. Argentina not won Copa America since 1993

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay

    Neymar

    Next up in Group B is the big one - Argentina v Uruguay. That takes place on Tuesday, but if you can't wait until then for some more Copa America-related shenanigans then you're in luck. Come and join us from 22:00 BST tomorrow when Brazil take on Peru in their opening Group C game. See you then!

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    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay

    So where does that leave Group B after the first round of matches? Holders Uruguay, after their narrow 1-0 win against Jamaica, lead the group ahead of Argentina and Paraguay.

    The top two in the three groups automatically reach the quarter-finals remember, with the two best third-placed teams also progressing.

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    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay

    Argentina
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    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay

    *Cliche alert* I'm afraid it is time to roll out one of football's favourite phrases. That really was a game of two halves. Paraguay looked down and out at the break as Argentina eased into a 2-0 lead.

    They had mustered just one shot at the Argentina goal before half-time (which was off target) as their opponents hogged 76% of the ball.

    But the outsiders fought back brilliantly to earn a well-deserved point.

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    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay

    Argentina coach Tata Martino looks shellshocked as he marches down the tunnel. Expect the former Barcelona boss to lead an inquest inside the changing room - and face some tough post-match questions from his nation's media.

  6. FULL-TIME

    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay

    Toot toot toot! The referee calls time on an unlikely humdinger of a football match - Paraguay are celebrating, Argentina are left despairing. Remarkable fightback by the Paraguayans, ranked 85th in the world, from 2-0 down against the World Cup finalists and Copa favourites.

  7. CLOSE!

    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay

    Carlos Tevez! The Argentina striker sees the back-page headline as he homes in on Angel Di Maria's deft cross from the right. But he does not concentrate on the immediate job - sticking the ball in the Paraguayan net - as he scuffs wide with the goal gaping.

  8. INJURY TIME

    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay

    Don't back just yet on this one ending as a draw. Three minutes of stoppage time to find a winner...

  9. Post update

    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay

    Lucas Barrios, quite rightly, goes nuts as he celebrated Paraguay's unlikely comeback from 2-0 down. However, he earns a yellow card for his troubles.

  10. GOAL

    Argentina 2-2 Paraguay - Lucas Barrios

    Un. Believe. Able. Paraguay look like they are going to nick a point against tournament favourites Argentina. Substitute Lucas Barrios, moments after replacing Roque Santa Cruz, latches on to Paulo Da Silva's knockdown header to blast in a low leveller from 15 yards.

  11. Post update

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Paraguay win a flurry of free-kicks in the Argentina half - if they are going to nick a point then they will have to do it quickly...

  12. Post update

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Another minute, another half-chance. Paraguay defender Miguel Samudio is still looking to make amends for gifting Argentina both of their goals, but his left-foot shot from outside the box is high, wide and horrible.

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    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Free-kick for Paraguay on the right side of the area. Is this their moment? Nope. A poor delivery from Derlis Gonzalez is easily dealt with by La Albaceleste's defence.

  14. YELLOW CARD

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Argentina are rattled. That is perfectly illustrated by defender Nicolas Otamendi, who goes into the referee's notepad with a rash challenge. Argentina boss Tata Martino looks nervous as he prowls the touchline.

  15. TEN TO GO

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Moments after Angel Di Maria's chance, his Manchester United team-mate Marcos Rojo ventures forward to hammer a shot over the Paraguay crossbar. Smart money would still go on an Argentina win, but this game is finely balanced as we enter the final 10 minutes...

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    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Now it's Argentina's turn to attack. The fans inside the Estadio La Portada de La Serena are like a tennis crowd - watching the ball ping quickly from one end to the other. Angel Di Maria fancies his chances from a tight angle, but sees his effort blocked by Paraguay keeper Antony Silva.

  17. Post update

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Great chance for Paraguay! The underdogs almost nab an equaliser as Miguel Samudio - who was at fault for both of Argentina's goals - forces Sergio Romero into an acrobatic save.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Argentina are looking punch-drunk defensively at the moment. But these two aren't bad options to bring on at the other end. Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain shake hands with Javier Pastore and Sergio Aguero respectively. You score once, and we'll score twice, seems to be the Argentina philosophy...

  19. Post update

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    End to end stuff now. Argentina skipper Lionel Messi slides in to meet Angel Di Maria's ball down the Paraguay corridor of uncertainty - betwene keeper and defence - but the Barca man is a couple of inches too short to turn in.

  20. CLOSE!

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Oh my word! Paraguay almost nick an equaliser. You would not have imagined this half an hour ago. Half-time substitute Derlis Gonzale pounces on Angel Di Maria's miskick to fire across a low ball from the right. Team-mate Nelson Haedo Valdez - who halved the deficit moments ago - flicks out a right boot but does get enough contact to turn the ball inside the far post.

  21. Post update

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Argentina are rocking at the moment. Paraguay win a corner after Roque Santa Cruz stretches those ageing legs to chase down La Albaceleste's defence. But keeper Sergio Romero comes to the rescue to gather the set-piece.

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    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Paraguay are forced on to the back foot again as Argentina look to reassert their dominance. Javier Pastore looks certain to score with a vicious, angled half volley - but he didn't bank on Paraguay keeper Antony Silva having the reflexes of a cat. Great save.

  23. Post update

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Paraguay have rediscovered their spark - quite probably for the first time since 2011. The team ranked 85th in the world make another tactical change as they look to capitalise on any more generous Argentina defending. It's like for like as forward Edgar Benitez replaces Raul Bobadilla.

  24. Post update

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Lionel Messi misses the target when well placed in the opposition penalty box. That's not a sentence that you write very often in this profession. Within seconds of Paraguay's goal, the Argentina skipper wriggles into space in the left channel, firing a low shot which just evades team-mate Sergio Aguero's outstretched boot and the far post.

  25. Post update

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay

    Argentina's players look a little shocked by that worldie from Valdez. Paraguay have not been in this game - but now have the opportunity to see what the tournament favourites are made of.

  26. GOAL

    Argentina 2-1 Paraguay - Nelson Haedo Valdez

    Well, well, well. Who saw this goal coming? Not me. Not Argentina keeper Sergio Romero. And probably not goalscorer Nelson Valdez. Moments after missing a decent chance, the Paraguay midfielder unleashes a 25-yard strike which swerves, dips and beats Romero to put Paraguay right back in this game.

  27. Post update

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Almost a third for Argentina! Lionel Messi and Javier Pastore link up superbly with the Barcelona man firing straight at the legs of the Paraguay keeper. That would have been game, set and match.

  28. Post update

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Normal service is resumed as Argentina go back on the front foot. Sergio Aguero volleys Facundo Roncaglia's pull-back from the right wing goalwards, but a red and white Paraguay shirt deflects his effort out for a corner.

  29. Post update

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    What this game needs is a Paraguay goal. Doubt we'll see one though. Boss Ramon Diaz (who used to manage Oxford United in case you missed that earlier) sees his team waste a promising chance with a stray free-kick in Argentina territory.

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    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Similar pattern to the first half in the opening exchanges of the second half - Argentina have possession, Paraguay defend for their lives.

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    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Oooh, Derlis Gonzalez could be seeing red here. The Paraguay midfielder has just been booked for charging into Angel Di Maria - and does exactly the same barely 60 seconds later. But Gonzalez pleads his innocence to the referee and escapes with a ticking off. That'll be his last warning I'd imagine.

  32. Post update

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Change for Paraguay, who could have hooked any of their 11 players quite frankly. Basel midfielder Derlis Gonzalez is the man who enters the action - and his first involvement is picking up a yellow card for hacking down Angel Di Maria.

  33. KICK-OFF

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    The game-faces are back on the Argentina players. Back under way.

  34. Post update

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    The Argentina players hold an impromptu huddle in the Estadio La Portada de La Serena tunnel while skipper Lionel Messi readjusts his armband. Messi and Angel Di Maria, both covering their mouths so cameras can't pick up what they're saying, share a joke. Maybe they're laughing about Paraguay's first-half defending...

  35. Post update

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Argentina v Paraguay

    No fight. No cross words. But it hasn't stopped speculation over the years that Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez don't see eye to eye. However, the Juventus striker has been gushing in his praise of his team-mate.

    "I believe the people do love him because he's Argentine and because he's the best in the world," Tevez tells the Copa America website.

    "He who doesn't love Messi knows nothing about football or about life. More than that, I don't know what's going on in their heads.

  36. Elsewhere in Group B

    Uruguay 1-0 Jamaica

    Cristian Rodriguez

    Defending champions Uruguay began their title defence with a narrow 1-0 win against Jamaica earlier.

    Atletico Madrid midfielder Cristian Rodriguez scored in the 52nd minute as Uruguay lacked attacking spark without Luis Suarez.

    The Barcelona striker is, of course, still banned after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at last year's World Cup.

  37. HALF-TIME STATS

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Argentina
  38. HALF-TIME

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    South American heavyweights Argentina, who haven't won this tournament since 1993, have pummelled a Paraguay side ranked way down in 85th in the world. Don't believe me? Here are the numbers that prove it....

  39. HALF-TIME

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    So far so good for Argentina. Goalscorers Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi look content with their work over the past 47 minutes as they jog back to the dressing room - and so they should. Easy street for the favourites.

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    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    The fourth official wants a slice of the action, striding purposefully up to the touchline, then wafting his big electronic board to each side of the stadium. An illuminated number two means that we will have an extra 120 seconds of stoppage time. Paraguay cannot wait.

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    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Argentina, ranked third in the world remember, take their foot off the gas for the first time in the match. Bit of a midfield dogfight as the clock ticks towards half-time.

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    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Argentina's defence have hardly broken sweat, so decide to take a few risks - turning Paraguayan attackers on the edge of the box, pinging crossfield passes to each other - to keep themselves entertained.

  43. PENALTY APPEAL

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    Lionel Messi jinks into the left channel of the Paraguay penalty box - and eats turf after another clumsy tackle. Messi looks up inquisitively at the referee, who shakes his head in response. No penalty. The Argentina skipper laughs at the decision - suppose you can when you're 2-0 up and coasting.

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    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay

    I'd love to see the betting odds on a Paraguay win now. There will be more chance of me winning last night's Euromillions. It is like a training ground game of attack versus defence as Argentina stroke the ball around in the Paraguay half.

  45. GOAL

    Argentina 2-0 Paraguay - Lionel Messi

    Lionel MEssi
    Lionel MEssi

    Lionel Messi (who else?) is charged with the task of doubling Argentina's lead. No problemo. The skipper routinely dispatches as Argentina's dominance is deservedly reflected with a two-goal cushion.

  46. PENALTY TO ARGENTINA

    Argentina 1-0 Paraguay

    Angel Di Maria skips into the Argentina box - and he goes tumbling. Penalty! The referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Miguel Samudio - the man whose horrible backpass led to Sergio Aguero's opener - is the culprit.

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    Argentina 1-0 Paraguay

    Will Paraguay be able to muster a quick response? Or any response at all? I very much doubt it. But, as dear old Jimmy Greaves likes to say, it's a funny ol' game innit.

    Argentina are running the show - only a matter of time before they add another I'd suggest.

  48. GOAL

    Argentina 1-0 Paraguay - Sergio Aguero

    Sergio Aguero
    Sergio Aguero

    Sergio Aguero has left his predatory instincts in Manchester? Some people talk rubbish.

    The Manchester City man is sharper than a brand new razor blade as he pounces on a terrible backpass from Paraguay defender Miguel Samudio to go clean through on the opposing goal. He keeps his cool, gives keeper Antony Silva the eyes, and calmly rolls into the bottom corner.

  49. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    Manchester City fans know all about Sergio Aguero's predatory instincts in the box - but he appears to have left them in the north-west of England. A tame effort dribbles into the hands of the Paraguay keeper.

  50. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    Half a chance for Paraguay? The underdogs win a free-kick in a promising position on the right flank, but Raul Bobadilla's set-piece is a little too deep and fails to trouble the Argentina backline.

  51. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    These dastardly defenders are ruining our entertainment here. Paraguay's Miguel Samudio slides across to intercept as Sergio Aguero looks to latch on to a menacing throughball. Top defending.

  52. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    Hold the back page! Paraguay go on the attack. Ramon Diaz's side (that's former Oxford United manager Ramon Diaz by the way!) break out of their Alcatraz-style camp through Roque Santa Cruz. But the veteran striker is dumped to the turf by an expertly-timed tackle by Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi on the edge of the box. Not this time...

  53. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi springs into life as Argentina look to take this game by the scruff of the neck. The Barcelona superstar sparks an attacking move down the left with a trademark jinking run and, when the ball is partially cleared, his Nou Camp team-mate Javier Mascherano has a pop from the edge of the area. But the ball deflects wide - possibly off Messi - as Paraguay survive.

  54. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    Sergio Aguero

    Not sure what the possession stats are - but I'd hazard a guess at something around a Barcelona-busting figure of 90%.

  55. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    Paraguay keeper Antony Silva is obviously a little bored - so he decides to spice up things at another Argentina corner. The Independiente Medellin man gets his footwork all wrong as Angel Di Maria bends in an inswinging from the right-sided corner flag. The keeper goes wandering, quickly hotsteps back to his line and pushes the ball unconvincingly over his crossbar.

  56. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    However, Argentina are not firing on all cylinders. Paraguay keeper Antony Silva has not been forced into a serious save. Yet...

  57. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    An interesting sub-plot on the touchline is worth telling you about. Argentina coach Tata Martino led Paraguay to the 2011 Copa America final - where they lost to Uruguay - while his successor Ramon Diaz is a former La Albiceleste midfielder. Martino will be the happiest gaffer so far, his side virtually camped in opposition territory.

    Ramon Diaz
  58. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    First real chance for Argentina. Messi? No. Aguero? No. Di Maria? No. Unfortunately for La Albiceleste it falls to neither of their front three. Instead it is defender Nicolas Otamendi - heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United - who climbs highest to meet a left-wing cross with his head. But the Valencia man cannot keep his effort down.

  59. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    Paraguay venture forward for the first time and edge ahead in the shots-on-target stakes. But it is high over the Argentina bar from Nelson Valdez. No bother for keeper Sergio Romero.

  60. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    Plenty of early possession for Argentina in the opening moments. One could understandably expect this to be the pattern for much of the match. Paraguay are currently in a bit of slump - down at 85th in the current Fifa rankings. That's below the likes of Haiti and Mozambique...

  61. KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Paraguay

    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi puffs out his cheeks as the referee does a quick head-count and checks his watch. A short, sharp, shrill of his whistle - greeted by a huge roar from the crowd - means we are under way....

  62. Post update

    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    Can this star-studded Argentina squad knit together and finally end their trophy drought? Coach Gerardo Martino, who you might remember from his days as Barcelona boss last season, says it will be a travesty if this generation fail to win a major tournament.

    "It would be unforgivable if this generation of players did not end up winning a title," he says.

  63. Post update

    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    The sun is setting in the northern Chilean city of La Serena, providing a stunning backdrop to this Group B match. Lionel Messi, who is followed out of the tunnel by a grinning Marcos Rojo, looks relaxed as he leads Argentina out onto the pitch. The players might need some earplugs - it is deafening inside the stadium.

  64. Can you smell what the Roque is cooking?

    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    Roque Santa Cruz

    Any familiar faces in the Paraguay ranks? English fans - particularly those of a Manchester City or Blackburn persuasion - will remember this good looking chap. Roque Santa Cruz, who now plies his trade for Mexican side Cruz Azul, is still leading the Paraguayan line at 33 years young.

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    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    Argentina v Paraguay
  66. Carlitos' way

    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    Argentina

    Another familiar face among the Argentina contingent is Carlos Tevez, who starts on the bench. The Juventus striker is back in La Albiceleste fold after a near four-year absence under previous boss Alejandro Sabella, who felt that the ex-Premier League star did not merit a place in his squad.

    "He was probably the player we needed at the World Cup but because of his internal political problems he was not called," 1978 World Cup-winning midfielder Ossie Ardiles tells BBC World Service.

    "I think if he was in the World Cup final, maybe the result might have been different."

  67. Starting XIs

    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    Argentina: Romero, Roncaglia, Garay, Otamendi, Rojo, Banega, Mascherano, Pastore, Messi, Aguero, Di Maria.

    Paraguay: Silva, Marcos Caceres, Da Silva, Aguilar, Samudio, Victor Caceres, Ortigoza, Ortiz, Bobadilla, Santa Cruz, Valdez.

  68. Ardiles backing Argentina

    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    Ardiles

    A proud Argentine such as Ossie Ardiles isn't going to back anyone other than his home nation to win the tournament. Is he? Of course he isn't...

    "Who will win is a very easy question to answer - Argentina! That's from my heart of course but also from my head," he tells BBC World Service.

    "We have the best team, the best individuals and the best player in the world so we have to be a strong contender. We are the number one favourites."

  69. Post update

    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    A host of familiar faces are limbering up in the Argentina dressing room. Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are La Albiceleste's front three, with ex-Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano and Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo also starting. Not a shabby starting XI...

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    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    Tim Vickery

    BBC Sport

    "In the Copa's 99-year history, this could well be the tournament with the strongest field. In contrast to the club game, national team football in South America is living a healthy moment.

    "Colombia have just enjoyed their best World Cup, as Paraguay did in 2010 and Ecuador in 2006 - and Chile have just had their best two bar 1962, when they were the hosts.

    "There are few minnows about. Indeed, in the last two World Cups only one South American side (Ecuador last year, and by a narrow margin) have failed to make it out of their group."

  71. Post update

    Argentina v Paraguay (22:30 BST)

    "What's going on here?!" I hear you cry.

    Three weeks. Ten teams from South America - plus invitees Jamaica and Mexico - bidding to be crowned continental champions.

    Tonight sees Argentina - the slight favourites ahead of Brazil and Colombia - begin their campaign against Paraguay.

  72. Post update

    Lionel Messi

    Remarkably Argentina have not bothered football's finest trophy engravers since they last won the Copa America in 1993. A World Cup final defeat by Germany last year followed back-to-back defeats against arch rivals Brazil in the Copa finals of 2004 and 2007. Close but no cigar. Is 2015 the year where Lionel Messi and his merry men will be lighting up a celebratory Cuban?

  73. Post update

    Zack

    Men with undercut hairstyles. TFI Friday on our television screens. Blur belting out indie pop classics. Welcome to the 1990s....sorry, 2015.

    While the Game Boy, personal CD players and Super Soakers aren't making a comeback quite yet (I don't think), the 1990s revival is still showing no signs of slowing down.

    Which is great news for Argentina. That's because Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero et al are planning to rewind 22 years and make the Copa America fashionable back home once again...