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Copa America 2021: Argentina vs Colombia Preview and Prediction

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Argentina will encounter Colombia on Tuesday night at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in the semi-final of Copa America 2021. 

La Albiceleste reached this stage after finishing the group topper in Group A. Furthermore, they thrashed Ecuador by 3-0 in the quarter-final stage with the help of an excellent performance from Lionel Messi. 

Los Cafeteros finished third in Group B. Thus, beating Uruguay in the quarter-final in penalties after the game ended goalless in regulation time. 

Argentina vs Colombia Preview:

Lionel Scaloni’s side have solidified their leaky defence as they conceded only two goals in this competition. Moreover, Messi has shown his glimpse at the most critical stage of Copa America 2021

Argentina won 14 Copa America trophies in their history, however, they haven’t been able to win it since 1993. In recent times they finished second in consecutive years having been beaten by Chile on both occasions. 

However, at this stage Messi will be desperately looking to win a major trophy for his national side. Scaloni’s side should beat Colombia in this round but beating Brazil in the final will be a huge ask. 

Meanwhile, Colombia only managed to lift this trophy back in 2001. Moreover, this is the only major trophy in their history of football. Los Cafeteros will be looking to make an upset and beat Argentina to dream about lifting the trophy for the second time, however, beating Brazil in the final is highly unlikely. 

Reinaldo Rueda Rivera will be hoping to see some magic from the Atalanta duo of Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel. In addition, they could be a big threat from set-pieces, given the height of Yerry Mina. 

Argentina form (all competitions): D-D-W-W-W-W

Colombia form (all competitions): D-W-D-L-L-W

Team News:

There are not many significant absentees in the squad for Argentina ahead of the game against Colombia. Thus, after beating Ecuador by 3-0, there won’t be many changes in the starting Xi from Scaloni. 

The same situation is with Los Cafeteros, Reinaldo will get a full squad for this important game, however, the form of the forward line will keep the Colombia boss in woe. 

Argentina possible starting lineup:

E Martinez; Molina, Pezzella, Otamendi, Acuna; Paredes, De Paul, Lo Celso; Messi, Aguero, L Martinez

Colombia possible starting lineup:

Ospina; Munoz, Mina, Sanchez, Tesillo; Cuadrado, Barrios, Cuellar, Diaz; Zapata, Muriel 

Argentina 1-0 Colombia 

Argentina will have to work extremely hard to break down the Colombia defence. However, they should win this game with the help of Messi. 

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