After two disappointing draws and still without the injured Lionel Messi, new coach Edgardo Bauza's team was even worse in the defeat to a hardworking Paraguay side 1-0 in Cordoba. The winning goal was scored by the visitors at 17 minutes by Dynamo Kyiv striker Derlis Gonzalez. Argentina had a chance to equalize with a penalty early in the second half but Sergio Aguero's attempt was blocked.
Argentina struggled in the absence of experienced defenders Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolas Otamendi and Ramiro Funes Mori. One of their replacements, Martin Demichelis spelt out the predicament clearly.
"We have to be honest with ourselves, we have to improve quickly," Demichelis said. We have to make a big self-criticism. We have things to correct."
In November Argentina will have tough matches away against Brazil and home against Colombia. Messi is expected to return for those two.
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