FC Ingolstadt 04 striker Dario Lezcano played the full 90 minutes for Paraguay in a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica in their opening Copa America Centenario fixture.
Lezcano was lively from the off for the two-time tournament winners, who enjoyed the better of the opening stages and pegged their opponents back at the Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium in Florida. Indeed, the Schanzer frontman even had the ball in the net in the 27th minute, but his effort was ruled out for a marginal offside call.
With temperatures soaring above 32 degrees centigrade (91 Fahrenheit) in the Sunshine State, the players were unable to maintain their rhythm over the course of the 90 minutes and the pace of the game noticeably slowed in the second half. Neither side was able to find a breakthrough, leaving them tied in second place in Group A behind leaders Colombia, who beat hosts USA 2-0 in the opening match on Friday.
Costa Rica: Pemberton – Gamboa, Waston, Acosta, Duarte, Matarrita – Campbell (Venegas 67'), Borges, Tejeda (Azofeifa 59'), Ruiz (Bolanos 78') - Urena
Coach: Oscar Ramirez
Paraguay: Villar – Valdez, Gomez, Da Silva, Samudio – Ortiz, Piris – Gonzalez (Iturbe 89'), Romero (Benitez 70') – Lezcano, Benitez (Valdez 73')
Coach: Ramon Diaz