Date: July 11, 2021
Time: 5:30 AM IST
Venue: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Argentina are all set to face off against Brazil in the final of the Copa America 2021 at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday morning (IST). While Argentina come into this game after a penalty-shootout win over Colombia in the semifinals, Brazil defeated Peru 1-0 in their semifinal encounter to secure a place in the final. With all to play for in this title-deciding game, one can expect a high-intensity and high-voltage match between the two best teams in the tournament.
Argentina could be without the services of Cristian Romero who is injured. However, apart from him all the key players seem to be fit and manager Lionel Scaloni would look to field his best XI to get the desired results.
As far as Brazil are concerned, they could probably miss Alex Sandro in their XI while Gabriel Jesus will also be serving his suspension.
Argentina remain desperate to win an international trophy and there is little doubt that the pressure on Lionel Messi will be immense. He has yet again been the best player in the competition by some distance and would have the likes of Lautaro Martinez, Emiliano Martinez and Rodrigo De Paul to aid him in his duties.
On the other hand, it wouldn't be wrong to deem Brazil as the better team than Argentina at least in this competition. But all of that won't matter on the day since a better 90 minutes or beyond on the pitch would be enough for the team to lift the trophy. With Neymar leading the attack for Brazil, the match is being touted as the battle between Neymar and Messi who also share a great relationship with each other.
Both Neymar and Messi will be good choices for captain and vice-captain in your fantasy teams along with Lautaro Martinez, Papu Gomez, Firmino, Marquinhos, Lucas Paqueta and Richarlison. Will an international trophy drought finally end for Messi or will it be Neymar who will have the last laugh?
Probable Playing XI:
Argentina: Emiliano Martinez, Nahuel Molina, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Acuna, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Papu Gomez
Brazil: Ederson Moraes, Danilo, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Renan Lodi, Casemiro, Fred, Roberto Firmino, Lucas Paqueta, Neymar, Richarlison
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez, Ederson Moraes
Defenders: Danilo, Marquinhos, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Giovani Lo Celso, Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Richarlison, Lautaro Martinez
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