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Messi says it would be 'crazy' to see Argentina out of Copa

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) With Argentina on the brink of another embarrassing elimination, Lionel Messi knows his team needs to improve. And quickly.

Argentina must beat guest Qatar on Sunday to have any realistic chance of avoiding its worst Copa America performance since 1983, the last time it was eliminated in the group stage of the South American competition.

"It would be crazy not to advance when three teams are practically guaranteed in the next round," Messi said after Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Paraguay, a result that left Argentina in last place in Group B with one game remaining.