An early goal by Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero's late second gave Argentina a 2-0 win over Qatar on Sunday that qualified them for the Copa America quarter-finals.
Already-qualified Colombia beat Paraguay 1-0 in the other Group B match to secure a place in the last eight for both Peru, who finished third in Group A, and Uruguay, currently second in Group C.
Argentina, who finished second in Group B behind Colombia, will play Venezuela in the quarter-finals, while tournament debutants and guests Qatar are out.
Paraguay, on two points, must wait and see what happens in Monday's Group C clash between Japan and Ecuador before finding out if they qualify as one of the two best third-place finishers.
Peru, with four points, is sure of that while only a draw between Japan and Ecuador would see Paraguay progress.
Asian champions Qatar made a calamitous start when a weak headed clearance from Tarek Salman fell to Martinez 12 yards out, but the Inter Milan forward sent his volley over the top.
He didn't have to wait long for another chance though as Bassam Hisham played a suicidal ball across his box and straight to the feet of Argentina forward, who scuffed a shot into the bottom corner after just four minutes.
The weight was lifted from Argentina's shoulders and they played with freedom expected of a side boasting talents such as Aguero and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.
Hasan Khalid Al Haydos got in behind the Argentina backline and tried to chip Franco Armani but the goalkeeper got a touch to divert the ball behind, although the linesman's flag was up and it wouldn't have counted.
Messi burst into life with an acceleration towards Qatar's area before slipping a pass to Aguero, who dragged his left-footed shot wide under pressure.
Qatar was sporadically dangerous on the break and Portuguese-born Ro-Ro stole in at the back post to meet a Karim Boudiaf cross but couldn't direct his volley on target.
Up the other end, Nicolas Otamendi headed over from close range when it looked easier to score.
Argentina almost scored a second after Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb spilled a header by Martinez causing a scramble in the box, but neither Aguero nor Martinez could poke the ball home.
Hisham almost made amends for his earlier gaffe with a free-kick at the end of the half but his shot, which passed through the Argentina wall, clipped the outside of the upright.
Qatar made few chances but when they did, Akram Afif snatched at his effort from a distance when a smarter move would have been to play in a runner from midfield.
Aguero finally scored the goal his industry deserved with a purposeful run past two defenders before sending a cross-shot into the far bottom corner eight minutes from time.
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