Argentina vs Paraguay highlights, ARG 1-0 PAR, FIFA WC qualifiers: Otamendi goal gives narrow win to Albiceleste

ARG vs PAR: Highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier match between Argentina vs Paraguay at the at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Updated : Oct 13, 2023 06:27 IST

Nicolas Otamendi of Argentina celebrates with teammate Rodrigo De Paul after scoring the team’s first goal
Nicolas Otamendi of Argentina celebrates with teammate Rodrigo De Paul after scoring the team’s first goal | Photo Credit: AP

Nicolas Otamendi of Argentina celebrates with teammate Rodrigo De Paul after scoring the team’s first goal | Photo Credit: AP

Catch Sportstar’s highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier match between Argentina vs Paraguay at the at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This was Aneesh Dey taking you through the pre-match buildup and live updates from the clash.

  • October 13, 2023 06:23

    Otamendi’s 3rd-minute goal enough as Argentina edges a 1-0 win against Paraguay in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

    The Albiceleste plays Peru next.

  • October 13, 2023 06:22

    Argentina subs: IN- Ocampos, Lo Celso OUT- Nico Gonzalez, De Paul

  • October 13, 2023 06:20
    90+3’ OFF THE POST!

    Messi almost scores from his freekick as the ball hits the post and comes back into play. Coronel was completely wrong-footed and was a spectator as the ball hit the woodwork.

  • October 13, 2023 06:19

    Messi does well to keep the ball and earns a foul right outside the box as Gomez tackles him from behind. Any guesses who’s taking it?

  • October 13, 2023 06:18

    Four minutes added after the end of the second-half!

  • October 13, 2023 06:15

    Nico Gonzalez flashes a shot across the face of goal. The ball takes a deflection off Rojas and goes out for a corner. Gonzalez has been wasteful today.

  • October 13, 2023 06:12

    Lautaro has the chance to finish a wonderful passing move from Argentina, but his shot goes above the woodwork.

  • October 13, 2023 06:07

    Argentina sub: IN- Paredes OUT- Enzo

  • October 13, 2023 06:07

    Paraguay sub: IN- Villalba OUT- Alonso

  • October 13, 2023 06:05

    Messi’s inswinging cross from a corner keeps bending in and the rattles the crossbar. Coronek tried to get a hand to it but could not. That would have been some goal but not to be for the Argentine captain as of now.

  • October 13, 2023 06:03

    A sad end for Junior Alonso as he is carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

  • October 13, 2023 06:01

    Messi makes a run with the ball and tries to attempt a cross from the right. His cross is cut out and Argentina gets a corner.

  • October 13, 2023 05:59

    Junior Alonso, already on a yellow card, makes a reckless challenge on Molina. He is living on the edge as that could very well by a second yellow.

  • October 13, 2023 05:58

    Paraguay subs: IN- Ojeda, Sanbria OUT- Campuzano, Bareiro

  • October 13, 2023 05:56

    Argentina with a patient buildup, which involved a long spell of possession. It ends with Mac Allister lobbing the ball to De Paul, who was inside the box. De Paul shoots but Coronel makes the save.

  • October 13, 2023 05:53

    Bareiro does well to snatch the ball from Messi. Paraguay looks to start an attack but Nico Gonzalez’s recovery challenge is brilliant.

  • October 13, 2023 05:49

    Nico Gonzalez shows intent to keep the ball as he makes his way inside the box. His final ball, intended for Messi is a bit short as Paraguay’s backline clears it for a corner.

  • October 13, 2023 05:48

    Paraguay’s football is sharper from that of the first-half. Argentina’s intensity seems to have dropped a notch. Holding on a one-goal lead is surely a dangerous way to go about things.

  • October 13, 2023 05:43

    Messi with his first proper sight at goal as he aims to shoot from distance. But he is closed down before he can take the shot.

  • October 13, 2023 05:40
    53’ It is Messi time!

    Argentina sub: IN- Messi OUT- Alvarez

  • October 13, 2023 05:39

    Almiron finds Sosa with a good through ball as the latter makes a run at goal. He shoots at the far-post and Martinez gets the slighest of touches to divert the ball out for a corner.

  • October 13, 2023 05:35

    We just saw a chat between Scaloni and Messi. Is the Argentina captain ready to come on. The Monumental is certainly excited. Chants of ‘Messi Messi’ reverberates across the arena.

  • October 13, 2023 05:33

    Argentina leads Paraguay 1-0 courtesy of Otamendi’s goal in the third minute as the second-half gets underway.

    Half-time sub by Paraguay: IN- Rojas OUT- Ramirez

  • October 13, 2023 05:18
    45’ HALF-TIME!

    Otamendi’s brilliant finish in the 3rd minute keeps Argentina in a 1-0 lead against Paraguay at half-time.

  • October 13, 2023 05:17

    One minute added at the end of the first-half!

  • October 13, 2023 05:16

    Nico Gonzalez wastes yet another chance. Enzo does well to spot Nico in space on the left side of the box. Nico, who has all the time and space to shoot, goes for the far-corner, but misses the target.

  • October 13, 2023 05:14
    42’ OFF THE POST!

    Alvarez shows good feet by keeping the ball under pressure and the sends the ball to De Paul. De Paul takes a touch and pulls the trigger from distance. He is inches away from scoring as the ball rattles the woodwork and comes back into play.

    De Paul has another chance to shoot at goal, albeit from a further distance. He goes for a curling effort, but this time, his shot is nowhere near the target.

  • October 13, 2023 05:12

    Nico Gonzalez with an excellent chance to double Argentina’s lead. He finds himself in space as he gets the ball and runs at goal. He has enough time to shoot once inside the box, but tries to do too much by cutting in, which causes him to lose the ball.

  • October 13, 2023 05:10

    Molina crosses the ball towards Gonalez from the right. Gonzalez leaps and gets his header away but Coronel makes a good save to keep out the effort.

  • October 13, 2023 05:09

    Mac Allister goes for a first-time shot as De Paul swings a cross towards him from a corner. But Mac Allister cannot make a decent connection as he loses the ball. But gets the ball again as he tries to wriggle his way inside the box, but he is crowded out.

  • October 13, 2023 05:07

    Gonzalez tries a cross from the left but Ramirez is there to make the block. He has been one of Paraguay’s better players in the first-half.

  • October 13, 2023 05:04

    De Paul takes a shot from distance, but it is saved comfortably by Coronel.

  • October 13, 2023 05:02

    This is lovely football from Argentina. Lautaro sends the ball to Alvarez with the deftest of touches. Alvarez returns the favour by finding Lautaro inside the box with a cutback. The Inter Milan forward goes for a first-time shot, but it takes a deflection and goes out for a corner.

  • October 13, 2023 04:59

    The replay shows that Lautaro was offside so even if he found the target, it would not have mattered.

  • October 13, 2023 04:58

    Lautaro is played a brilliant through ball by De Paul inside the box. Lautaro delays his shot, which allows the defender to close in. In the end it is a weak effort.

  • October 13, 2023 04:56

    Lautaro releases the ball for Alvarez, who makes a dangerous run from the left. Once inside the box, he shoots from a tight angle and earns a corner for Argentina.

  • October 13, 2023 04:54

    Enzo Fernandez swings a cross inside the box from the freekick. The ball goes to Lautaro, who tries to head the ball towards goal, but cannot get a good connection.

  • October 13, 2023 04:52

    Booking: Paraguay’s Alonso sees a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Mac Allister.

  • October 13, 2023 04:51

    Scaloni’s men build a fluid attacking move, which finds Nico Gonzalez with space on the left. He tries to cross into the box but sees his effort blocked by Ivan Ramirez to concede a corner.

  • October 13, 2023 04:49

    Tagliafico tries to thread a through ball to Nico Gonzalez but the latter was in an offside position when the pass was played.

  • October 13, 2023 04:43

    It has been all Argentina inside the opening 10 minutes of the match as Scaloni’s men have choked Paraguay in all departments. Right now, there seems to be midfield battle, which Argentina is clearly winning.

  • October 13, 2023 04:39

    Booking: Enzo Fernandez is the first player to get booked as he sees a yellow card.

  • October 13, 2023 04:35

    The goal comes after a corner conceded by Fabian Balbuena. De Paul delivers an accurate cross to Otamendi on the far-post, who meets the ball with a brilliant first-time volley to find the net. That was some finish.

  • October 13, 2023 04:32

    The first-half between Argentina and Paraguay has kicked-off at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires.

  • October 13, 2023 04:15
    Argentina welcomes its captain
  • October 13, 2023 04:13
    What did Scaloni say when asked about Messi’s fitness a day before the match?

    “For him, one more training session is important and I will talk to him to decide whether he plays or not, but I have to talk to him first and above all I have to be sure that he can start.”

    “We have another game in four days against Peru and it is not so easy to define if he is available, the important thing is that he feels comfortable. What leaves us calm is that if he is not fit, whoever replaces him will do just as well.”

  • October 13, 2023 04:01
    Messi starts on the bench


    Messi starts on bench for Argentina against Paraguay in FIFA World Cup qualifier match

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi starts on the bench against Paraguay in his team’s FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier match against Paraguay at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires.


  • October 13, 2023 03:57
    Argentina vs Paraguay lineups!

  • October 13, 2023 03:36
    Head-to-head record!

    Played: 110

    Argentina wins: 59

    Draws: 35

    Paraguay wins: 16

  • October 13, 2023 03:15

    Reigning world champion Argentina will face Paraguay in a FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers clash at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday.

    The Argentina national football team comes into the match on the back of its 3-0 win over Bolivia and an earlier 1-0 victory over Ecuador in September.

    The Albiceleste are placed second in the table just below Brazil, and are on a six-match winning run in all competitions.

    Will Messi play against Paraguay?

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi is still a doubt for the World Cup qualifier against Paraguay, coach Lionel Scaloni said on Wednesday.

    Messi was included in the world champion’ squad despite being sidelined by the muscle problem he sustained a month ago, which has kept him out of action for his U.S. side Inter Miami.

    Scaloni said the 36-year-old forward had been training well ahead of the match on Thursday.

    Read full report HERE

    Messi might not play FIFA World Cup qualifier vs Paraguay due to muscle injury: coach Scaloni

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi is still a doubt for the World Cup qualifier against Paraguay. He has been sidelined in the Inter Miami squad due to his muscle problem since a month.

    -inputs from Reuters

    Streaming/telecast information

    When will the FIFA World Cup qualifiers match between Argentina and Paraguay start?

    The FIFA World Cup qualifiers match between Argentina and Paraguay will kick-off at 4:30am IST in the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday, October 13.

    Where can I watch FIFA World Cup qualifiers match between Argentina and Paraguay match live in India?

    The FIFA World Cup qualifiers match between Argentina and Paraguay will be live streamed on FIFA+ website and app.

    There is no live telecast for the match in India.

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