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Lionel Messi ‘has no doubt’ Argentina will avoid early Copa America exit

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The captain was left frustrated by Paraguay

Argentina v Paraguay: Group B - Copa America Brazil 2019 Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

Lionel Messi spoke about his frustration after Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Paraguay at the Copa America and said he has no doubt his team will avoid an early exit.

Argentina followed defeat to Colombia with another disappointing result to leave them bottom of their group with just a single point.

The team take on Qatar next with qualification not out of their reach just yet, and Messi is convinced Argentina will progress.

“Frankly, it’s a little frustrating not being able to get the win we need to take the next step,” he said. “We knew this would be difficult, we’re still looking for the best group, for the best performance, to keep growing.

“We know we’ll be playing for our lives. It would be crazy if we can’t advance from the group stage, when basically three [teams] advance from each group. I have no doubt we’ll do it.”

Source | ESPN

Colombia have already clinched top spot in the group after beating Qatar 1-0, while Paraguay are second after opening with a 2-2 draw against the 2022 World Cup hosts.