Argentina defeats Paraguay 4-2 in friendly

Argentina defeats Paraguay 4-2 in friendly

Published May. 25, 2011 10:32 p.m. ET

Argentina defeated Paraguay 4-2 on Wednesday in a friendly match that featured only local players as both countries prepared for the Copa America - the South American championship.

Gabriel Hauche scored twice for Argentina, and Federico Fernandez and Enzo Perez added the other goals. Pablo Zeballos and Elvis Marecos scored for Paraguay.

Argentina dominated the first half and took a 3-1 lead after Hauche's goals and one from Fernandez. Marecos made it 3-2 in the 56th minute, but Perez snuffed out any hope of a draw with his goal in the 74th.

Argentina is grouped in the Copa America with Bolivia, Colombia and Costa Rica. Paraguay is in a group with Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela.