In the last match of the Final Phase of the Under 23 Preolympic, Paraguay won 2-0 Venezuela and was crowned champion of the contest. With goals from Diego Gómez Amarilla (Lionel Messi’s teammate at Inter Miami) and Marcelo Pérez (Huracán forward), La Albirroja finished as leader and secured its ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Midfielder Gómez Amarilla was the one who opened the scoring in the 48th minute, through a penalty. And the Huracán forward nicknamed Mbapérez He was the one who stretched the result to make it 2-0 at 75′.
Thus, Paraguay finished as the leader and champion of the Pre-Olympic, with 7 points in the Final Phase, followed by the Argentine National Team that, with 5 points, obtained the second and last ticket of this competition to the Olympic Games after beating Brazil 1-0 . La Verdeamarela, winner of gold in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, closed with three points, while Venezuela finished with one.
This will be Paraguay’s third participation in the Olympic Games, after their first classification in Barcelona 1992 and their second in Athens 2004, where they won the silver medal after losing in the final against Argentina. There appears a curiosity: The coach of this Albirroja is Carlos Jara Saguier, who had also coached the Paraguayan team in Athens 2004.
Selection of Paraguay – 11-2-2024
Paraguay defeated Venezuela and became champion of the Pre-Olympic
Gómez Amarilla, one of the scorers of this Pre-Olympic
Gómez, Messi’s teammate at Inter Miami, finished with five goals in this Olympic Qualifiers, thus finishing as top scorer along with Thiago Almada (5) and the Uruguayan Luciano Rodríguez (5).
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