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An improved Argentina cruised to a 2-0 win over Qatar to revive their stuttering Copa America campaign and progress to the quarter-finals along with Group B winners Colombia.
On a night when defeat would have seen them bomb out of the competition, the Albiceleste were rarely troubled at Gremio Arena, where Lautaro Martinez fired them into an early lead after a Bassam Al Rawi error gifted him the simplest of chances.
It was not a vintage Argentina performance by any stretch of the imagination, but after defeat to Colombia and a draw with Paraguay in their opening matches, coach Lionel Scaloni will have been relieved to see his side dominate for large spells to set up a meeting with Venezuela.
Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi both had numerous opportunities to extend Argentina's lead and the Manchester City forward did so eight minutes from time as tournament guests Qatar were dumped out of the competition despite some impressive displays.
Al Rawi's woeful clearance was easily intercepted by Martinez, who simply side-footed it into the bottom corner of the net to give Scaloni's men a fourth-minute lead.
Franco Armani had to hurtle off his line to narrow the angle on Hassan Al Haydos as he bore down on goal, the Argentina goalkeeper getting a hand to the Qatar captain's lob to keep his side in front.
But the 2022 World Cup hosts rarely threatened and were fortunate to go in trailing by only a solitary goal after Aguero fired tamely wide when Messi presented him with a golden opportunity from the edge of the box.
Aguero missed a trio of second-half chances as Qatar struggled to contain him, and goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb did well to parry the striker's stinging close-range volley.
Al Sheeb made another diving save from an Aguero pile-driver before Messi uncharacteristically ballooned over the crossbar from 12 yards with the whole goal to aim at.
Aguero finally got his goal after outpacing Boualem Khoukhi and drilling a low shot that beat Al Sheeb and bulged the bottom corner of the net to make sure of the result.
Goal! Sergio Aguero wraps up the points for Argentina with a goal that nestles into the bottom corner.
Chance! Bassam Al-Rawi looks to make amends, but his freekick skips just past the post!
Goal! Argentina opens the scoring Martinez pounces on an error from Bassam Al-Rawi and slides the ball into the net to give Argentina an early lead! 1-0
Now for Argentina, Sergio Aguero is back into the starting lineup, after impressing on his cameo against Paraguay. Changes at the back also with Juan Foyth coming in for Germán Pezzella and Renzo Saravia in for Milton Casco at left-back.
Team news time! First up Qatar! Karim Boudif and Salem Al Hajri come in for the suspended Abdulkairm Hassan and Asim Madibo. It looks like a defensive side from Sanchez with five at the back!
This is a huge game for Qatar, who have impressed during the Copa. Can the Maroons make history with a win tonight?
Qatar has only played Argentia once in its history before, all the way back in 2005! That day Argentina ran out 3-0 winners! I wonder what will happen tonight!
Some hardy Qatar fans have made the trip all the way to Brazil! They'll be hoping the Maroons will be able to deliver.
It's also a must-win game for Argentina, who have failed to get going in the Copa America so far! A defeat to Colombia and a 1-1 draw with Paraguay mean that La Albaseleste needs a victory to book a place in the quarter-finals. Lionel Messi has to step up for his country, surely?!
So here we go! A first look inside the Qatar dressing room! Remember a victory for the Marrons tonight would all up seal a place in the quater-finals at the expense of Argentina. To say that this is one of the biggest games in Qatari football history would be an understatement!
Good evening! Welcome to the Live Updates of Qatar Vs Argentina in the Copa America, It's a crunch game in Group B as Asian Champions Qatar face off against Argentina in Porto Alegre. Can the Maroons pull off perhaps the biggest upset in their history and dump out Argentina of the Copa America? As ever, join me for all the latest build-up, team news and goals as they go in!