Lionel Messi
Buenos Aires : Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, kicks the ball during a qualifying match against Paraguay for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. AP/PTI

Lionel Scaloni, Argentina Coach, said a more thorough arrangement of rules for the Video Assistant Referee after Lionel Messi’s potential game changing goal was chalked off for a foul in their 1-1 draw with Paraguay.

Messi side-footed home from around 12 meters to finish a long and streaming counter-attack but the play was pulled back for a foul committed in the Argentine half at the very beginning of the move.

Owing to the decision Argentina managed to take only one point in a game even after having more possession of the ball and creating many chances.

Scaloni said “I think there has to be a way of uniting the themes of the VAR. I’m not speaking of good or bad faith, but in uniting the criteria.”

“We are left with a bitter sweet taste because Argentina did everything to win. In the second half we pinned our opponents back. We also have to recognise the team’s attitude in always believing they could win.”

Argentina were unbeaten in nine games going into Thursday’s qualifier but went behind after 22 minutes to an Angel Romero spot kick.

After losing Exequiel Palacios to a bad foul by Romero soon after but Palacio’s replacement Giovani lo Celso took the corner that Nicolas Gonzalez headed home four minutes before half time for his maiden international goal.

With this draw, Paraguay, who missed out on the finals in 2014 and 2018, are still undefeated in their first three qualifiers for Qatar2022 and have five points.

While Argentina has seven points and still unbeaten. They will go to Peru next Tuesday, while Paraguay will host Bolivia, who are yet to score a point .


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