Copa America 2019 live Qatar will be looking to make history on Sunday evening when they face off against Argentina, knowing full well that a victory could seal their progression to the quarter-finals of the Copa America at the expense of the fourteen-time continental champions. As ever, you will be able to watch all the action via beIN CONNECT.
Few would have thought Qatar would have been in the position to have challenged for a place in the knockout phase, yet the Asian Champions still have hope of making the final eight with a shock victory over Argentina. The Maroons impressed in their Copa America bow, battling back from two goals down to draw with Paraguay 2-2, and just fell short in their second game losing 1-0 to Colombia thanks to a late goal from Duvan Zapata.
Still, the third and final group game against Argentina at the Arena do Grêmio could prove the scene of Qatar’s biggest ever result, should the Maroons get it right on the pitch. Qatar has been defensively resolute in their opening games and will have to be the same all over again as they come up against the attacking talents of Lionel Messi.
Felix Sanchez will have to make some changes, with Asim Madibo and Abdulkarim Hassan suspended for the game. This could mean that Karim Boudiaf and Hamid Ismail will slot in central midfield and wing-back respectively. Having sat back so deep against Colombia, the emphasis will be on Almoez Ali and Akram Afif to stretch the play and look to take advantage of any uncertainty in the Argentinian backline.
Qatar Predicted Team
Sheeb; Rawi, Khoukhi, Salman; Miguel, Haydos, Boudiaf, Hatim, Ismail; Afif, Ali
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The pressure is well and truly on Argentina to get an all-important victory to assure progression to the quarter-finals on Sunday evening. La Albaceleste has been lacklustre at best in their two group games. Having been outplayed in a 2-0 defeat to Colombia, and needing a penalty from Leo Messi to secure a draw against Paraguay.
If there is one player in world football who thrives on the big occasion its Leo Messi, who will be fired up to deliver Argentina to the quarter-finals. Messi has shown glimpses of his talent throughout the tournament but hasn’t quite clicked in the final third with Argentina dominating possession yet not really creating many clear-cut chances. Messi often steps up for club and country when it matters, and an all-important victory inspired by the La Albaceleste captain could kick-start a run to the latter stages of the competition.
In team news, Scaloni is likely to tinker with his front line in what could be his final game as Argentina manager. Sergio Aguero is likely to return to the side after impressing from the bench against Paraguay. Whilst Inter striker Lautaro Martinez is likely to start in a front three if Scaloni is looking to take the game to the Asian Champions.
Argentina Predicted Team
Armani; Casco, Otamendi, Pezzella, Tagliafico;, Rodríguez, Lo Celso, Paredes; Messi; Martinez Aguero.
It promises to be a fascinating encounter as Qatar look to make history in the Copa America. You can watch all of the action Live & Exclusive via beIN CONNECT.