You can watch Paraguay Vs Qatar via beIN CONNECT
Paraguay will kick-start their 2019 Copa America campaign with a stern test as they take on the reigning Asian Cup winners Qatar at the Maracanã on Sunday evening. As ever, you will be able to watch all the action via beIN CONNECT.
Paraguay head into the Copa America on a run of relatively poor form, prior to their 2-0 victory over Guatemala last week the La Albirroja had not had a victory in their last seven international outings. The 1979 champions failed to get out of the group stage in 2016 and will face an uphill challenge in a group alongside Colombia, Argentina and Asian Champions Qatar.
A victory will be the number one priority for Eduardo Berizzo’s side ahead of games against Argentina and Colombia respectively. Miguel Almirón will be the man to watch for the Paraguayans. The Newcastle playmaker has impressed since joining in January, Almirón is likely to be tasked with dictating play from central midfield.
Paraguay Predicted Team
Silva; Piris, Valdez, Balbuena, Gomez; Ortiz, Almiron, Rojas; Romero, Cardozo, Gonzalez
As for Qatar, they have become the first ever Arab nation to be invited to the Copa America and will be seeing both the 2019 and 2020 versions of the tournament as an important opportunity to test themselves against the very best South America has to offer before the 2022 World Cup.
For now, Qatar seems to be happy to learn from each group game they will play in. However, fresh from signing a new deal to 2022, Maroons boss Felix Sanchez will be targeting this game for points ahead of games against Colombia and Argentina.
Prior to Sunday evenings game, Qatar fell to a 2-0 defeat to Brazil which halted a run of seven consecutive victories which also saw the maroons lift the Asian Cup with wins over South Korea, the UAE and Japan.
Almoez Ali will be an attacking threat for the gulf side, Alo scored nine goals at the Asian Cup including decisive goals in both the semi-final and final. The 22-year old thrives on the big occasion, and it will be interesting to see what the Duhail striker brings to the table for Qatar.
Qatar Predicted Team
Al Sheeb; Pedro Miguel, Hisham, Khoukhi, Salman, Hassan; Al Haydoos, Madibo, Hatem; Afif, Ali
It promises to be a fascinating encounter, as Qatar play their first ever Copa America game against Paraguay. You can follow all the action via beIN CONNECT.