Argentina conceded a first-half penalty but recovered to secure a 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

Angel Romero scored his third goal in three internationals when he coolly rolled home the penalty for Paraguay midway through the half after Lucas Martinez Quarta was adjudged to have brought down Miguel Almiron. Nicolas Gonzalez equalised for Argentina four minutes before half-time when he bulleted a header home from a Giovani Lo Celso corner kick.

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After matching the home side for the opening period Paraguay was on the back-foot for most of the second half in the Boca Juniors stadium, empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Argentina thought it had taken the lead after an hour when Lionel Messi side-footed home, but the goal was chalked off for an earlier infringement inside its own…

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