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Qatar came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Paraguay in their Copa America debut, Rodrigo Rojas heading a Boualem Khoukhi effort into his own goal for a bizarre late equaliser.
Paraguay looked set to claim all three Group B points in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday after taking a fourth-minute lead thanks to Oscar Cardozo's penalty, with Derlis Gonzalez scoring an unstoppable second.
But invited guests Qatar, who won their maiden Asian Cup earlier this year, showed character to fight back and star man Almoez Ali got them back in the game with a curler from outside the box.
And when Khoukhi's shot squeezed through Paraguay goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez, the backtracking Rojas could only nod the ball in before getting tangled in the net and seemingly damaging his shoulder.
Qatar made a chaotic start in their Copa debut, almost conceding in the first minute before Pedro Miguel gave away a penalty for blocking a Bruno Valdez header with his arm.
Paraguay striker Cardozo had not played at the Copa since 2007 but he stepped up to smash the resulting spot-kick straight down the middle to open the scoring.
Qatar should have levelled in the 16th minute but, arriving unmarked at the back post, Hassan Al Haydos somehow failed to convert a low left-wing cross from Abdelkarim Hassan.
Almoez Ali was denied by Roberto Fernandez on the stroke of half-time, with Paraguay seeing a second goal for Cardozo disallowed by VAR within five minutes of the restart.
Paraguay would not be denied in the 56th minute, however, as half-time substitute Gonzalez unleashed a 25-yard rocket that curled away from the desperate dive of goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb.
Scoring nine goals at the Asian Cup marked Ali out as a man to watch and he unleashed a terrific hit from 20 yards to make it 2-1 and spark hope of a comeback.
And when Rojas lacked composure in front of his own goal with 13 minutes to play, Qatar had earned a priceless Copa point to justify their inclusion.
Goal! Koukhi Boulaem chips the ball towards the goal and Rojas heads the ball into his own net! Amazingly Qatar has pulled it back!
Goal! Almoez Ali scores a peach! As Qatar pull a goal back. 2-1, Game on!
Goal! Derlis González with a howitzer has Saad Al Sheeb well beaten! Paraguay take a 2-0 lead!
Disallowed goal! Paraguay double their lead! Qatar caught sleeping at the back! Almeron slides in a perfect through ball to Cardozo who makes no mistake from close range! 2-0 Paraguay! Wait, it's denied for offside by VAR! Qatar let off there!
Chance! How does Almoez Ali miss that? Haydoos plays through Ali, but the young striker's tame shot it straight at the keeper.
Chance! Qatar go close again! Abdulaziz Hatem beats the offside trap, his strike from a tight angle which is straight at Fernández.
Chance! How does that not go in?! Abdulkarim Hassan with a beautiful cross into the box and Almoez Ali and Hassan are unable to turn the ball home! Qatar inches away from their first ever Copa America goal.
Goal! Óscar Cardozo converts from the penalty spot with just three minutes on the clock! Paraguay takes the lead. Although the penalty award was harsh for the handball on Pedro Miguel.
Peep! We are underway!
National Anthem time at the Maracana! We are minutes away from kick-off!
Right a quick prediction before game time! Karli from Costa Rica has been in touch (a big fan of Paulo Wanchope AKA the racoon) she's going for a 2-0 Paraguay victory... which is a bold choice!
Warm-ups well underway at the Maracana, can Qatar upset the odds?! Just imagine!
It's a fair old trip to Brazil from Qatar, good to see a few diehard fans made the journey...
Now for Qatar in this, their first ever Copa America game! As expected, it's a full strength side. Bassam Al-Rawi has been passed fit to play and should slot in central defence, Assim Madibo will play a pivotal role in midfield, whilst a front two of Almoez Ali and Akram Afif will look to cause problems on the counter-attack.
Team news is in! First up Paraguay! Eduardo Berizzo is going with a trusted 4-3-3 formation, veteran striker Óscar Cardozo leads the line. Fans of the Premier League will notice Miguel Almirón in central midfield, expect him to try and dictate the play in the centre of the park.
Paraguay have arrived, and they look like they mean business! La Albirroja will be targeting a win tonight, ahead of tough games against Argentina and Colombia.
A first look into the Qatar changing room ahead of the game, everything seems to be in order.
So here we go! Qatar at the Copa America, it's a bit strange really, but the Asian Champions have certainly proved they deserved the invite in recent months. Of course this is a test for Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, why don't you listen to what Abdulkarim Hassan had to say before leaving for Brazil.
Good evening! Welcome to the Live Updates of Paraguay Vs Qatar from Copa America. Asian Champions Qatar play in their first ever game at the Maracana. Join me for all the usual pre-match team news, predictions and video highlights from this historic opening game for the Maroons.