The Paraguay Olympic team has taken an important step towards qualifying for the men’s football competitions at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, scheduled for next summer in the French capital.
Paraguay’s national team achieved a valuable 1-0 victory over its Brazilian counterpart in the first round of the final stage of the South American Confederation (CONMEBOL) qualifiers for the Olympics, which also witnessed Argentina’s 2-2 draw with Venezuela, late yesterday evening, Monday.
The 14th edition of the South American Football Confederation qualifiers for the Olympic Games will be held in Venezuela during the period from January 20 to February 11, with the participation of the Olympic teams (under 23 years) of the ten member countries of CONMEBOL, with only the winners and runners-up advancing to the Olympics.
The Paraguayan national team owes great credit for achieving this victory to its player, Fabrizio Peralta, who scored the only goal of the match in the second minute of stoppage time in the first half.
For its part, the Argentine national team wasted a victory that was within its reach, after falling into the trap of a 2-2 draw in the fatal time against the Venezuelan national team.
The Venezuelan national team advanced with a goal through friendly fire, after Leonardo Bray, the Argentine goalkeeper, scored an own goal in the 16th minute, before the Argentine national team equalized in the same way, after Carlos Vivas, the home team’s defender, scored an own goal in the 39th minute.
The excitement continued in the second half, after Thiago Almada scored the second goal for Argentina in the 61st minute, but Kevin Kelce equalized for Venezuela in the last moments, after scoring the second goal for the host team in the tenth minute of stoppage time for the second half from a penalty kick.
Thus, the Paraguay national team topped the final stage standings with 3 points, ahead of its closest rivals, Argentina and Venezuela, by two points, while the Brazilian national team languished at the bottom of the standings with no points.
The ten teams participating in the qualifiers were distributed into two groups, with 5 teams in each group, with the leader and the runner-up advancing to the final stage, which is conducted in a single-round league system, with only the first and second place holders, who have the highest score of points, qualifying for the Olympics. .
Argentina will meet Paraguay, the day after tomorrow, Thursday, in the second round, which will witness another confrontation between Venezuela and Brazil, while the tournament’s competitions will conclude next Sunday with matches between Paraguay and Venezuela, and Brazil against Argentina.
It is noteworthy that France (the host), the United States and the Dominican Republic, representing the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and Spain, Israel and Ukraine, representing the European Union (UEFA), officially qualified for the football competitions in the Paris Olympics.
The teams of Morocco, Egypt and Mali also advanced from the African Confederation (CAF), and the New Zealand national team from the Oceania Confederation.
The representatives of the Asian Football Confederation are scheduled to be determined during the Asian Nations Championship for U-23 Olympic teams in Qatar during the period from April 23 to May 3, where the top three teams will advance to the Olympics directly, while the fourth-place team will play the playoff match. The global match with the Guinea national team, which ranked fourth in the CAF qualifiers, to determine the 16th team participating in the competitions.
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