Having record of jus 1 point in two games after a shameful first group match lost against Colombia and had a come draw against Paraguay after Messi scored a second-half penalty to cancel out Richard Sanchez’s goal in Belo Horizonte, while Argentina needed Franco Armani to save a Derlis Gonzalez spot-kick to preserve their first point of the tournament.
Barcelona superstar skipper Lionel Messi strongly believes beating Qatar in their next group match will be a possibility.
Ga against Qatar will be their final groul match of the 2019 Copa America Tournament.
Winning Qatar is not an assurance that the Argentines will succeed group stage but the Bacar man strongly believes there’s hope.
“I see the team convinced that we will win the next match,” he told reporters.
Messi added: “We have to keep looking for the team and improve.
“Frankly, it’s a little frustrating not being able to get the win we need to take the next step.
“We knew this would be difficult, we’re still looking for the best group, for the best performance, to keep growing.”
Argentina struggled throughout the first half and fell behind to Sanchez’s 37th-minute goal, before Messi equalised after a penalty was awarded following a VAR review for handball.
Armani stepped up for Argentina in the 63rd minute, though, diving to his left to push away a Gonzalez penalty.
Messi felt his side earned their point, saying: “The first few minutes we managed the ball well.
“After the goal, we messed up a bit. In the second half, we went with everything and we got the draw.”
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is confident that Argentina will raise their game when it matters, with a humbling departure from a tournament on Brazilian soil inconceivable.
Messi added: “[The squad] is hurt by the situation because we can’t manage to win a game, and we know today was key for us.
“We know we have to win the next game to advance.