Saturday, July 4, 2015

Chile vs Argentina Copa America final - 04-07-2015

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Chile vs Argentina - Competition: Copa America − 2015 in Chile − Final

Chile's path to the final always looked relatively straightforward. They easily topped Group A and after the group stage they recorded two wins over Uruguay (1-0) in the quarter finals and Peru (2-1) in the semi finals. Since that shoot-out loss against Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, Chile have won 10 and drawn 4 of 17 matches
Jorge Sampaoli could be without star player Alexis Sanchez for the final. Arsenal's striker is struggling with injuries and he is rated very doubtful. The hosts will also still be without Gonzalo Jara, who serves the second of his three-match ban and Eugenio Mena is expected to come in.
Argentina team went on to top Group B thanks to a 1-0 win over Uruguay and Jamaica, following their 2-2 draw against Paraguay in the opening match. They met Paraguay again in the semifinals and their 6-1 demolition was very impressive. Gerardo Martino has won 10 and drawn 1 of 13 matches since assuming control of the national side in the autumn of last year.
Gerardo Martino has little reason to make changes to his team and so the likes of Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Lavezzi will all start on the bench. Messi, Aguero and Di Maria will lead the line once again. Ezequiel Garay is favourite to start in central defense ahead of Martin Demichelis.
Chile have never won a major international tournament in their history. Furthermore, La Roja have beat Argentina only once since 1987. La Albiceleste have won 8 and drawn 3 of their previous 12 matches against the Chileans including 3 of their last 4.

Probable lineups:
Chile: Bravo – Isla, Rojas, Medel, Mena – Diaz, Aranguiz – Valdivia, Vidal – A. Sanchez, E. Vargas.
Argentina: Romero – Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Rojo – Biglia, Mascherano – di Maria, Pastore, Messi – Aguero.

Match date: 4 July 2015
Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Nacional (Santiago, Chile, Republic of)  

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

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