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International Friendly: Mexico vs Paraguay – Where to Watch

Mexico will finish up the March FIFA break with an international friendly against Paraguay in Santa Clara, California.

El Tri snapped a three-game friendly losing streak on Friday with a 3-1 victory against Chile, and they’ll look to build on that when they face a Paraguayan side mired in their own poor run of form.

La Albirroja suffered a 1-0 loss to Peru on Friday, a result that keeps them winless in five matches, with four losses in that span.

Both teams are preparing for summer tournaments: the CONCACAF Gold Cup for Mexico, and the Copa América for Paraguay.

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International Friendly: Mexico vs Paraguay – Recap and Highlights

Mexico beat Paraguay 2-1 in this Gold Cup warm-up game, but it was not all good news for El Tri as Alan Pulido suffered what looked to be a serious injury.

Although coach Juan Carlos Osorio and most of Mexico’s “A” team is still in Russia for the Confederations Cup, the domestic-based Gold Cup roster took on Paraguay in Seattle as they prepare for the rapidly approaching CONCACAF competition.

Rodolfo Pizarro opened the scoring for El Tri in the 19th minute after Orbelín Pineda saw his header saved. Paraguay couldn’t clear the rebound, and Pizarro won the ball back in the box, beat his defender, and then beat the keeper with a shot to the far post to make it 1-0.

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International Friendly: Mexico vs Paraguay – Recap and Highlights

el triMexico defeated Paraguay 1-0 on Saturday evening in an international friendly to prepare for the upcoming Copa América Centenario. The victory extends El Tri’s winning streak in all competitions to eight games, while the South Americans are now winless in three.

The game started off somewhat slowly, but Mexico soon took control of the ball. Paraguay sat back to defend and El Tri looked to Javier Aquino and Jürgen Damm to create chances along the wings.

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International Friendly: Mexico’s Starting Lineup vs Paraguay

el triThe Mexican national team will take on their Paraguayan counterparts in a friendly match in the Georgia Dome tonight.

Juan Carlos Osorio has opted for a mix of experience and youth in his starting eleven for this pre-Copa América Centenario warm-up match.

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International Friendly: Mexico vs Paraguay – Where to Watch

el triThe Mexican national team will take on their Paraguayan counterparts in a pre-Copa América Cententario warm-up match on May 28th in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

El Tri currently has a seven-game winning streak and a 17-game unbeaten streak across all competitions, while Paraguay is unbeaten in three but winless in two after a pair of 2-2 draws in World Cup Qualifying in March.

These two teams last squared off in March 2015, with Mexico earning a 1-0 victory.

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Liga MX in the Copa América: Argentina and Paraguay, Semifinals

argentina flagparaguay flagThe last two teams in the Copa América featuring Liga MX players on their rosters faced off tonight, with Argentina thrashing Paraguay 6-1 to advance to the final against Chile. Tigres UANL goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán will thus be the only Liga MX representative to reach the final, but Guzmán has yet to play a single minute in this tournament since he is Argentina’s reserve keeper.

For Paraguay, with seven Liga MX players on their roster, América’s Pablo Aguilar, Cruz Azul’s Roque Santa Cruz and Toluca’s Paulo da Silva and Édgar Benítez all started the game. Santa Cruz made way for Lucas Barrios after just 30 minutes due to injury, while the other three went the full 90.

América’s Miguel Ángel Samudio and Osvaldo Martinez, and Toluca’s Richard Ortiz, did not play for Paraguay.

It didn’t take Argentina long to take the lead, with Marcos Rojo finishing off a free kick from Lionel Messi in the 15th minute. By the half-hour mark, Paraguay would be down 2-0 and down two starters, with Derlis González – the hero of the quarterfinals – and Santa Cruz both leaving with injuries.

However, one of those forced substitutions brought Lucas Barrios on to the field, and the Argentina-born Paraguay striker halved the deficit in the 43rd minute to make it 2-1 and give the Guaraníes some hope.

An Ángel di María brace on the other side of halftime quickly put paid to those hopes, with Argentina up 4-1 by the 53rd minute.

A disheartened Paraguay had no response to those quick goals, and Argentina piled on the misery in the closing stages with goals from Sergio Agüero and Gonzalo Higuaín in the 80th and 83rd minutes to bring the final score to 6-1.

Next game – Argentina: Final vs Chile – Saturday, July 4th – 4:00 PM – BeIn Sports / BeIn Español

Next game – Paraguay: Third-place match vs Peru – Friday, July 3rd – BeIn Sports / BeIn Español

Liga MX in the Copa América: Paraguay, Quarterfinals

The contingent of Mexico-based players in the 2015 Copa América has dwindled significantly from the group stage, but there are still 11 Liga MX players representing four countries in the quarterfinals, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming matches here.

paraguay flagParaguay – Quarterfinals

Paraguay has the most Liga MX players of any country remaining in the tournament, with seven, and they will continue into the semifinals after Paraguay downed Brazil in a penalty shootout.

Five of Paraguay’s Liga MXers got on the field, with Toluca’s Paulo da Silva, Cruz Azul’s Roque Santa Cruz, and América’s Pablo Aguilar playing the full 90, while Toluca’s Édgar Benítez started and played 84 minutes and América’s Osvaldo Martínez came on as a sub in the 77th minute.

Brazil took the lead in the 15th minute through Robinho, who scored from close range after Roberto Firmino let Dani Alves’s low cross through at the near post. That would prove to be Brazil’s only touch of the ball in Paraguay’s box in the first half as the Guaraníes’ well-organized defense continually frustrated the Brazilians.

Nevertheless, that lone goal was looking to be enough until a late equalizer changed everything. Thiago Silva committed a bizarre handball offense, handing a cross in the box as he jockeyed for position with Roque Santa Cruz, which gave Paraguay a chance from the penalty spot.

Derlis González converted the spot kick in the 72nd minute, and with the score still knotted at 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes, the game went to a penalty shootout, where González’s kick would once again prove decisive.

Brazil took the first kick of the penalty shootout, with Fernandinho stepping up. Justo Villar got a hand to the kick put couldn’t keep it out. America’s Osvaldo Martínez responded by placing his penalty into the left-hand corner to tie it 1-1.

Everton Ribeiro then missed for Brazil, sending his shot wide of the post. That allowed Paraguay to pull ahead through Víctor Cáceres, who sent his straight down the middle. Miranda and Raúl Bobadilla then exchanged goals to make it 2-3 before Douglas Costa added a second miss for Brazil, skying his shot over the crossbar. Cruz Azul’s Roque Santa Cruz had the chance to win it for Paraguay, but he also put his PK into orbit.

Philippe Coutinho then scored to keep Brazil’s hopes alive, but Derlis González beat Jefferson to give Paraguay the win, 4-3 after five rounds. This marks the second consecutive Copa América where Paraguay has eliminated Brazil on penalties, and the Guaraníes will now face neighboring Argentina in the semifinals.

Toluca’s Richard Ortiz and América’s Miguel Ángel Samudio did not play for Paraguay.

Next game: Semifinal vs Argentina – Tuesday, June 30th – 7:30 PM – BeIn Sports / BeIn Español

Liga MX in the Copa América: Uruguay and Paraguay, Game 3

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.

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Uruguay and Paraguay – Group B

Uruguay and Paraguay played to a 1-1 draw that advances both teams to the quarterfinals of the Copa América, and a total of five Liga MX-based players took part. For Uruguay, Tigres UANL’s Egidio Arévalo started and played the full 90, while four of Paraguay’s seven Liga MXers got on the field. Toluca’s Paulo da Silva and Édgar Benítez both started and went the full 90 while their club teammate Richard Ortiz and Cruz Azul’s Roque Santa Cruz came on as subs in the 64th and 72nd minutes, respectively.

In a rematch of the 2011 Copa América final, Uruguay took the lead just before the half-hour mark, only for Paraguay to respond moments before halftime. José María Giménez put La Celeste in front with a powerful header to finish off a corner kick, but it didn’t take long for their neighbors to equalize.

In the 44th minute, Lucas Barrios got past Giménez to meet a cross from Édgar Benítez with a header of his own, beating the keeper to level the score at 1-1.

Uruguay had the better of the chances in the second half, but they ultimately all came to naught, with Paraguay able to weather the storm despite losing their goalscorer Barrios and Néstor Ortigoza to injuries.

América’s Miguel Ángel SamudioPablo Aguilar, and Osvaldo Martínez did not play for Paraguay.

Group B Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Argentina 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Jamaica 3 0 0 3 0 3 -3 0

Next game – Uruguay: vs Chile (quarterfinals) – June 24th – 7:30 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español

Next game – Paraguay: vs Group C Winner (quarterfinals) – June 27th

Liga MX in the Copa América: Paraguay, Game 2

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.

paraguay flagParaguay – Group B

Five of Paraguay’s seven Liga MX-based players started this game against Jamaica; three of them went the distance, and one of them scored the lone goal. América’s Pablo Aguilar and Miguel Ángel Samudio, Toluca’s Paulo da Silva and Édgar Benítez and Cruz Azul’s Roque Santa Cruz all started the match, with Aguilar, Santa Cruz, and Da Silva going the full 90.

Paraguay was the better team throughout the first half, but Jamaica has proven to be a tougher-than-expected opponent in the Copa América. They have lost both their games, but played both of them tightly, losing just 1-0 in each one.

In this game, the lone goal was scored as much due to a Jamaica error as anything else. Goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr came to the top of his box to head the ball clear, only for his attempted clearance to hit Édgar Benítez and redirect into the empty net.

Despite the fluky nature of Benítez’s goal, Paraguay had numerous opportunities to score a more conventional one. Roque Santa Cruz had three shots on target in the first half, and he forced some good saves out of Kerr. Then, early in the second half, Pablo Aguilar headed the ball across goal for Víctor Cáceras, but his would-be goal was disallowed for offside.

Miguel Ángel Samudio nearly killed off the game in the 60th minute, but his left-footed attempt hit the crossbar and bounced away. The Paraguayans could have had a penalty towards the end when defender Adrian Mariappa blocked a Santa Cruz header with his arm, but the referee’s view was blocked.

The win puts Paraguay on the brink of the knockout rounds, with one more group stage game to be played.

América’s Osvaldo Martínez and Toluca’s Richard Ortiz did not play.

Group B Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Argentina 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
Paraguay 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
Uruguay 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
Jamaica 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0

Next game – Paraguay: vs Uruguay – Saturday, June 20 – 3:00 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español

Liga MX in the Copa América: Argentina and Paraguay, Game 1

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.

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Argentina and Paraguay – Group B

Argentina, with one Mexico-based player, took on Paraguay, who has seven, in the opening match of the Copa América for both teams. As it turned out, only Paraguay’s Liga MX players saw the field, as Tigres UANL goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán was an unused substitute for Argentina.

Cruz Azul’s Roque Santa Cruz, Toluca’s Richard Ortiz and Paulo da Silva, and América’s Miguel Ángel Samudio and Pablo Aguilar all started the match for Paraguay, with Santa Cruz leaving the game in the 79th minute and the other four all playing the full 90. In addition, Toluca’s Édgar Benítez entered the game in the 66th minute.

Argentina jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Sergio Agüero opening the scoring in the 29th minute before Lionel Messi added a second from the penalty spot seven minutes later. The unfortunate Miguel Ángel Samudio had a big hand in both goals, with his under-hit backpass to the keeper leading to the first goal and his foul in the box leading to the second.

Nevertheless, Paraguay managed to mount a comeback. Nelson Valdez pulled a goal back for the Paraguayans in the 60th minute before Lucas Barrios, who had entered the game in place of Roque Santa Cruz, scored the equalizer at the death to level the match 2-2.

América’s Osvaldo Martínez did not play for Paraguay.

Group B Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Uruguay 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Argentina 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
Paraguay 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
Jamaica 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

Next game – Argentina: vs Uruguay – Tuesday, June 16th – 7:30 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español

Next game – Paraguay: vs Jamaica – Tuesday, June 16th – 5:00 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español