Copa America 2021 will get underway this weekend, and Paraguay are already thinking about their inaugural match in the tournament. Eduardo Berizzo's boys have had a good start to the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, which may give them hope for the upcoming contest.
La Albirroja will return to Brazil, where the tournament will be held for the second straight time, trying to improve their result from 2019, when they were knocked out in the quarterfinals by the hosts. However, they were close to pulling off a shock to La Verde-amarela as they forced the game to penalties.
Following a strong start to the road to Qatar 2022, Paraguay have reasons for optimism ahead of the new South American contest, which they haven't won since 1979. Will they end a 43-year drought? Here, take a look at when, where, and at what time they will play their first Copa America 2021 match.
When will Paraguay's first game in Copa America 2021 be played?
In Group A Matchday 1, following the game between Argentina and Chile, Paraguay will face Bolivia to kick off their continental campaign. These two sides have met last year in the fourth round of the World Cup Qualification.
They've tied 2-2 as Angel Romero scored a brace to earn his side a point. It's been a long time since their last Copa America meeting, though, which took place in 1999. Overall, La Albirroja have been dominant against Bolivia, having won 34 times, while La Verde claimed the victory in 15 matches, and they've tied in 17 duels.
Where will Paraguay play their first match of Copa America 2021?
Paraguay's first game in Copa America 2021 against Bolivia will take place at Estadio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira in Goiânia. As the hosts will open the tournament just a few hours before against Chile, this game will conclude Group A Matchday 1 action.
The smallest stadium of Copa America 2021, Estadio Olímpico has a capacity of 13,500 spectators and this will be the greatest event to take place there. Not long ago, it has also hosted 2019 U17 World Cup fixtures.
At what time will Paraguay make their Copa America 2021 debut?
Paraguay and Bolivia will clash on Monday, June 14, at 8:00 PM (ET). Their duel will conclude the first round of Group A. Here, check out the kickoff time by State in the US:
ET: 8:00 PM
CT: 7:00 PM
MT: 6:00 PM
PT: 5:00 PM