Argentina held after Messi’s purpose disallowed


BUENOS AIRES, November 13

Argentina conceded a first-half penalty but recovered to secure a 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Angel Romero scored his third goal in three internationals when he coolly rolled home the penalty for Paraguay midway through the half. Nicolas Gonzalez equalised for Argentina four minutes before half-time.

Argentina thought they had taken the lead after an hour when Lionel Messi sidefooted home, but the goal was chalked off for an earlier infringement inside their own half that was picked up by VAR.

Both sides remain unbeaten after the first three of their 18-game quest to reach the finals in Qatar.

In La Paz, hosts Bolivia lost 3-2 to Ecuador thanks to a late penalty.

The interim head of Bolivia’s soccer federation was detained by police over allegations of corruption during the match. — Reuters

Scotland, Hungary, Slovakia qualify for Euros

London: Scotland conceded a 90th-minute equaliser before winning a tense penalty shootout against Serbia to reach their first major tournament in 22 years. Hungary found two late goals to beat Iceland 2-1. Slovakia also lost their lead against Northern Ireland late but scored an extra-time winner. North Macedonia beat Georgia 1-0 and will make their major tournament debut next year. The 24-team lineup was completed for the pandemic-delayed Euro 2020 with the four playoffs. Hungary and Scotland are among the 12 host nations. AP

Liverpool’s Salah tests positive for coronavirus

CAIRO: Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has tested positive for the coronavirus on the eve of Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo, Egypt’s football association said. Reuters



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