Argentina knock Brazil out of race to Paris Olympics | Football News

Feb 12, 2024

brazilHopes of achieving third consecutive men's Olympics soccer The title was dashed with a 1-0 defeat on Sunday argentinaThey were eliminated from the qualifying race for the Paris Games.
After winning Olympic gold in Rio 2016 and medals at the Covid-delayed 2020 Tokyo Games, Brazil needed only a draw against their perennial continental rivals on the last day of the South American pre-Olympic tournament in Venezuela.
However, it was Argentina who emerged victorious in Caracas thanks to a second-half goal from Luciano Gondou, punching the ticket to France and aiming for their third title after victories in 2004 and 2008.
Meanwhile, Paraguay secured the other qualification spot paris 2024 2-0 win over Venezuela from South America.
Midfielder Diego Gomez converted a penalty in the 48th minute and forward Marcelo Pérez added another goal in the 75th for Carlos Jara Saguer's Paraguay, which finished top of the qualifying tournament ahead of Argentina.
The tournament featured exclusively under-23 players, unlike the Olympics where teams can include up to three older players.
Now, Argentina are set to try to convince a very special 36-year-old player, Lionel Messi, who played a key role in the 2008 Olympic gold-winning campaign, to join them in Paris.
“Everyone knows about my relationship with Leo… and the door is open for him to join us,” said coach Javier Mascherano, Messi's longtime teammate in Argentina.
“It depends on him.”
(with AFP inputs)

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