Qatar vs. Argentina
|Date & Time||Sunday June 23, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Arena do Grêmio
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Leo Messi and his Argentina team will play against Qatar in the 2019 Copa America.
Argentina had another very poor performance in the previous round as they only managed a 1-1 draw against Paraguay. As it currently stands, Argentina have only 1 point for their 2 games and they must beat Qatar if they wish to qualify for the next round.
Argentina looked very poor in the game against Paraguay as they lost the lead early in the game. Argentina only managed to equalize with the help of a penalty kick which Leo Messi converted. During the draw, Argentina had the majority of the possession but failed to create chances as they had fewer shots on target than Paraguay. It is extremely poor to see Argentina play so badly since the team has the likes of Di Maria, Messi and Aguero who are usually very strong near goal. This Argentina team seem to lack any structure and players seem confused about their roles in the team. On paper, Argentina should easily win this game but looking at their past 2 games, they could easily be beaten.
On the other side of the coin, Qatar have impressed throughout this tournament. Qatar have 1 point from 2 games after they lost 1-0 to Colombia in their last match.
While a loss to Colombia was not the desired result for Qatar, the team will be pleased as they defended extremely well. Qatar were always going to defend deep and hope for a point and they played that tactic extremely well. During the match, Qatar only had 31% of the ball but they prevented Colombia from scoring until the 86th minute of the match. This Qatar team looks very well organized and they will fancy their chances of keeping a clean sheet against a very poor Argentina side.
These are not easy games to predict since Argentina should have enough talent to defeat Qatar. That being said, Argentina have been playing very poorly for some time and this team looks very poor when they are on the pitch. Qatar, on the other hand, have played with great determination and caused trouble for the other teams. I am going to predict this match to end as a draw. Argentina have been poor going forward and I see a determined Qatar having enough to keep a clean sheet and get a point.