Date: 15th June, 2021
Time: 2:30 AM IST
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
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Argentina are all set to take on Chile in their first Copa America encounter at the Olympic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro. Having enjoyed a 14-match unbeaten run, Messi and company are one of the favourites to win this competition. The two teams recently locked horns during an international friendly match which ended in a 1-1 draw. Put in a competitive Group B in Copa America alongside Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia, the two teams would not want to risk any game and kick start their Copa America campaign with a win.
Argentina- Goalkeeper Franco Armani is unavailable for Argentina’s opening game as he has tested positive for COVID-19
Chile- Alexis Sanchez is unavailable for Chile’s opening encounter due to an injury that he picked up in training.
The Messi-led Argentina have undoubtedly been one of the most dominating teams in Copa America, however they haven’t triumphed since 1993. With a 14-game unbeaten run, Argentina head in with confidence in Copa America 2020, looking forward to opening the tournament with a bang. With all eyes on the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, the Argentine football icon reckoning to get a winning start could make all the difference for Argentina.
On the other hand, Chile haven’t been in their best form over the last few games, and have been performing at a mediocre level in the recent World Cup Qualifiers as well. With Alexis Sanchez being ruled out of the opening encounter against Argentina owing to an injury, his absence will be felt by the Caludio Bravo-led team. Nonetheless, Chile’s team-oriented culture and tactical approach should allow them to put forth an exciting game against Argentina.
Probable Starting XI:
Argentina- Lautaro Martinez, Montiel, Otamendi, Quarta, Acuna, De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso, Emiliano Martinez, Messi, Di Maria
Chile- Bravo, Sierralta, Medel, Mena, Aranguiz, Pulgar, Pinares, Vidal, Meneses, Vargas, Maripan
Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez
Defenders: Gary Medel, Mauricio Isla, Cristian Romero, Nicholas Tagliafico, Guillermo Maripan
Midfielders: Arturo Vidal, Angel Di Maria, Giovani Lo Celso, Joaquin Correa
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Eduardo Vargas, Felipe Mora
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