Argentina dominated the first-half of their opening game at the Chile 2015 Copa America competition courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s strike and Lionel Messi’s goal from the penalty spot to seal a comprehensive display.

But second-half goals by Paraguay’s Nelson Valdez and Lucas Barrios denied them first win in the continental event.

Valdez scored a cracker in the 60th minute to give Paraguay a lifeline before Argentina-born substitute Barrios, lashed in an equaliser in the last of the 90 minutes to leave Uruguay, winners against Jamaica earlier top of Group B.

The outcome of the game did not seem likely when Miguel Samudio’s blind back-pass allowed Aguero to sidestep Antony Silva and slot the opening goal in the 29th minute.

The hapless Samudio then ploughed into Angel Di Maria to give Argentina a penalty, which Messi buried to put his side in total control.

Paraguay escaped on two fronts at the start of the second half substitute Derlis Gonzalez avoiding a second yellow card in short order for a poor tackle on Di Maria and Silva stopping Messi with his legs.

Valdez blasted them back in the game from 20 yards moments after Sergio Romero’s one-handed stop had denied him but late into stoppage time, a deep free-kick was knocked down to the edge of the box for Barrios who blasted it inside the near post to level.


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