Lionel Messi and Argentina will always be entangled in a unfortunate, what-if story. So many times Barcelona’s icon was on the precipices of glory, only for it to be taken away from him in a rather tragic turn of events.
And while nothing of such magnitude had happened yesterday, it was still another infuriating moment for Leo to add to his national team resume. Going into the second half, and following Paraguay’s initial lead through a penalty strike from Ángel Romero, Argentina were 1-0 down.
However, they managed to crawl back into the game, courtesy of a nice header from Nicolás González, some time into the final 45 minutes of the clash, and were so close to sealing the victory later on in the game.
Messi himself added the final touches to a wonderful strike that would see Argentina emerge as worthy victors but then, VAR had something to add, as it usually has.
VAR decided to rule out Messi’s winner goal vs Paraguay due to a foul coming 27 seconds before the goal.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 13, 2020
? — Messi after the game: “You screwed us twice.” [md] pic.twitter.com/tsKXISay8U
Apparently, the referee Raphael Claus decided there was a foul about 27 seconds prior to the goal. According to the Brazilian, Romero was taken down on the other side of the pitch, which eventually led to a recovery for Argentina and the attack that would lead to their goal.
Entre la falta contra Ángel Romero y el gol de Messi:— Máximo (@maximogavier1) November 13, 2020
⚫️Romero se incorpora a la jugada y llega hasta el area antes de que la pelota entre.
⚖️El lineman a un metro y no lo cobró. El árbitro tampoco.
?El VAR está haciendo “inservibles” a los árbitros? pic.twitter.com/7xyYUgujNu
But were it not for an illegal action, Messi and co. would never get in that situation in the first place, Claus claimed. Needless to say, this infuriated Leo, who faced the referee and even told him he had made two big mistakes in Paraguay’s favour on the night.
However, there was nothing he could do and the clash ended in a one-all draw.
⚽️ ¡Goool de Ángel Romero! La visita se adelanta en el marcador de tiro penal a los 22′ del primer tiempo.— Movistar Deportes (@MovistarDeporPe) November 13, 2020
⏱️ Argentina ?? 0-1 ?? Paraguay
Míralo en el 003 y 703 HD de Movistar TV ▶️ https://t.co/0QaBBNQcVV#ClasificatoriasxMDeportes ? pic.twitter.com/y6p0F9kmQW
⚽️ ¡Goool de Nicolás Gonzáles! Todo igualado en Buenos Aires a cuatro minutos del descanso.— Movistar Deportes (@MovistarDeporPe) November 13, 2020
⏱️ Argentina ?? 1-1 ?? Paraguay
Míralo en el 003 y 703 HD de Movistar TV ▶️ https://t.co/0QaBBNQcVV#ClasificatoriasxMDeportes ? pic.twitter.com/PCv4gT47in