Argentina finally secured their first victory of the tournament, beating Qatar 2-0 at a virtually empty
Qatar 0-2 Argentina
Argentina only had one point through the first two games, but a 2-0 win vs. Qatar sends Messi & Co. to the quarterfinals! pic.twitter.com/9bW6j3N5Ig— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 23, 2019
After failing to win both of their previous games in the group stage, Argentina knew this game was a must-win if they were to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
La Albiceleste started off in positive fashion, with Inter striker
Sergio Aguero is the third Argentina international to score 4️⃣0️⃣ goals for his country. 🇦🇷— Goal (@goal) June 24, 2019
6️⃣8️⃣ Lionel Messi
5️⃣4️⃣ Gabriel Batistuta
4️⃣0️⃣ Sergio Aguero
3️⃣5️⃣ Hernan Crespo
3️⃣4️⃣ Diego Maradona pic.twitter.com/tHGp3jYKKf
The Argentinians got a much deserved second goal eight minutes from time, as
Colombia 1-0 Paraguay
With their place in the knockout stages already secured, Colombia fielded a heavily rotated side as they looked to rest some of their players before the next round. The pressure was all on Paraguay though, knowing a win would secure them a place in the knockout stages.
It was Colombia who largely dictated proceedings in the first half. Legendary Monaco striker
VAR has canceled the goal after literally 5 minutes of checking it and it still seemed as he didn’t even touch it with his arm. Very controversial call. It stays 1-0 for Colombia. Paraguay still needs 2 goals to become 2nd.— AFC Ajax 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) June 23, 2019
Los Cafeteros finished as winners of Group C, meaning they will face one of Chile, Uruguay or Japan in the quarter-finals on 28 June. Paraguay, who never really threatened throughout the match, must now wait for other results to see whether they'll go through to the knockout stages as one of the two best third-place finishers.