Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Argentina vs Paraguay Copa America semifinal - 30-06-2015

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Argentina v Paraguay
Competition: Copa America - 2015 in Chile (Semi-finals)
Match date: 30 June 2015
Venue: Municipal (Concepción, Chile, Republic of)

Argentina team reached this semifinal through a penalty shoot-out with Colombia as they drew 0-0 in normal time. The Albiceleste have scored just four goals in as many games and Lionel Messi has netted only once. Tata Martino's men will face Paraguay for the second time in this year's competition in Concepcion on Tuesday after drawing 2-2 in the group stages.
Tata Martino has the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from and we expect him to name an unchanged XI from the one that overcame Colombia last time out. That would see Messi, DI Maria and Aguero up front with Lavezzi, Higuain and tevez on the bench.
After the 2-2 draw against Argentina in their opening game, Paraguay have since continued to defy expectations, drawing with Uruguay in the group stages and beating Brazil on penalties in the quarter-finals after the game finished at 1-1 in 90 minutes and extra time failed to produce a winner. Ramon Diaz's team is a tough one but the only time Paraguay have had their noses in front in this tournament came in a 1-0 over Jamaica in their other Group B match.
Paraguay will be without injured midfielder Nestor Ortigoza and will have to wait on the recovery of defender Miguel Samudio. Ramon Diaz could name an unchanged side from the one that knocked Brazil out on penalties. Richard Ortiz is available after serving suspension, but is not expected to feature form the off.
Argentina have won 3 and drawn 1 of their last 4 against the Paraguayans. Furthermore, Messi & co. have won 9 and drawn 1 of 12 matches since Gerardo Martino assumed control of the team in the autumn of last year.

Probable lineups:
Argentina (4-3-3): Romero; Zabaleta, Garay, Otamendi, Rojo; Pastore, Mascherano, Biglia; Messi, Aguero, Di Maria.
Paraguay (4-4-2): Villar; Piris, Aguilar, Da Silva, B Valdez; Gonzalez, Benitez, Caceres, Aranda; Santa Cruz, N Valdez.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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