Our prediction for this Copa America match:
Star-studded Argentina continue to struggle at the 2019 Copa America. La Albiceleste suffered a 2-0 loss to Colombia in their opener, with the team dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Paraguay in their second group game. The Argentinians have been struggling in front of goal at the tournament in Brazil, but Sunday’s football game against Qatar could be the turning point for Leo Messi and Co.
The Barcelona superstar scored from the penalty spot in the 1-1 draw with Paraguay, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. The Asian champions, on the other hand, were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Colombia on Thursday morning, but los Cafeteros eventually scored a late winner. Qatar face an uphill task against Argentina and seeing that this has to go down as a must-win game for Lionel Scaloni’s troops, away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Abdelkarim Hassan):
Abdelkarim Hassan is a Qatar international who plays for domestic club Al-Sadd as a defender. Hassan is a product of Al-Sadd football academy, but it has to be noted that he played for Belgian side Eupen during the 2017/2018 season. The 186-cm-tall footballer has five caps for Qatar U20 and 17 caps for Qatar U23 national team respectively and he made his senior debut for the Maroons on November 18, 2010 against Haiti.
Abdelkarim Hassan was the youngest footballer to appear in the 2011 Asian Cup preliminary squad (17 years and 123 days old). Hassan scored one goal in six appearances for Qatar at the 2019 Asian Cup where the Maroons won the title thanks to a routine win over Japan in the final of the tournament. Left-back is considered his main position, but the Al-Sadd footballer plays as both left midfielder and right-back as well. His preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Argentina):
Members of the CONMEBOL confederation Argentina national team are headed by coach Gerardo Martino and are considered one of the most nations in footballing world. Renowned for their attacking powers and defensive discipline Argentina have been playing their international matches since 1901 and their first ever competitive victory over Uruguay 3-2.
Commonly referred to as La Seleccion, Argentina are top of the FIFA World ranking, but their most recent records have been below par with the team last winning a major trophy in 1993. Two-time World Cup winners have lost the 2014 final to Germany coming agonizingly close to the crown they last won in 1986. Javier Zanetti is the most capped player with 143 matches to his name while Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi with 124 and 108 respectively are the current team members with most games to their name.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is six goals short behind Gabriel Batistuta who is the team’s top scorer with 56 goals he scored playing for La Seleccion from 1991 to 2002.