Argentina vs Chile (By: PlayMaker)
Fate once again brought Argentina to clash with Chile in the framework of Copa America. However, this time the two teams will meet at the third place match.
Before the match against Brazil, people began to think about a positive result for Messi and his team when the Argentina team had two consecutive victories against Qatar and Venezuela. However, in front of a strong opponent like Brazil in the semi-finals, the journey to Argentina's throne was officially stopped.
With the advantage of playing in the support of home fans, Brazil held the game better but the first chance belonged to Argentina after Paredes' long shot. In 19 minutes, Alves proved that age was not an important issue when he had a mental kick and created a condition for Firmino to stretch and help Jesus score the match.
Minutes later, Messi and his teammates pushed up efforts in finding goals while Brazil actively waited for a counterattack. However, what Argentina has received is only the ungainly and unlucky when the ball has twice found the bar of Alisson Becker. In the 71st minute, Gabriel Jesus made a quick start to life from the middle of the field and created a favorable condition for Firmino to finish in the empty net, fixing the score 2-0.
The Chilean team entered the Copa America this year as the defending champion and they also partly proved that position. Soon to pass the group stage with 2 victories over Japan and Ecuador, the final defeat against Uruguay did not seem to affect Chile too much. In the quarterfinals, Sanchez and his teammates defeated Colombia in a brave manner after a penalty battle. However, they had to stop walking bitterly against a Peru much weaker.
Entering the semi-finals, although much more appreciated, Chile allowed Peru to enter the game with a great atmosphere, even overwhelmingly. In 21th minutes, Edison Flores put the red-white striped shirt in the lead after a sharp edge attack. 38th minutes, Arias goalkeeper has a clumsy tape out, creating conditions for Yoshimar Yotun to score 2nd goal for Peru.
In the second half, Chile pushed up the squad and pushed Peru to suffocate. However, many of the opportunities they created were rejected by the Peruvian side. Attacks a lot without scoring, Chile must accept the grim rule of football. In the 90 + 1 minute, Paolo Guerrero closed all his opponents' hopes with a goal of 3-0. The match closed with a miss shot of Vargas's penalty in the fifth minute of injury time.
The goals in the semi-final against Peru come from the lack of connection between the Chilean squad, especially the defense. It is not difficult to recognize the lack of understanding between the goalkeeper and the defensive players on the Chilean side, especially in the second goal. When goalkeeper Arias came out to block, there was no lining or shield from the Chilean central defenders.
Besides, the experience of competition is not something that gives Chile the advantage, when at the third goal, they paid the price because the offside trap failed. With a lot of old players in the squad, Chile has been caught up in the powerful play that comes from Peru's youthful power. However, it must be admitted that Chile was somewhat unfortunate when it was impossible to take advantage of their scoring opportunities. From Aranguiz, Beausejour, Vargas to Alexis Sanchez, Vidal failed to find the Peruvian net.
So far, two teams have met a total of 43 times, of which Argentina has 30 victories, this number is only 3 for Chile. The last final the 2016 Copa America finals, after the draw 0-0 in the official minutes. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 on the penalty shootout, winning the championship, the same scenario as one year before.
After all, not considering two unlucky defeat on penalty shootout recently. Argentina has no reason to be worry about Chile. In last 10 encounters, they won 6 draw 3 and lost just once from 2008. Look at the the whole journey in this tournament, Argentina somewhat shows progress through each game, while Chile is in the opposite direction.
Obviously, in a tournament with so much of scandal like Copa America, everything can happen but simply looking at sportive aspect. Argentina is much better in both quality and motivation.
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