The two greatest footballers of Argentina, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona have expressed strong opinions before the crucial Copa America Final against Chile.
The reigning champions came into the game on a high after beating Mexico 7-0 and took only six minutes to make their mark again.
Chile scored both goals within the first 11 minutes and was able to hold on despite allowing 16 shot attempts and controlling the ball for just half the match. Will it be Messi delivering Argentina its first title since ’93, ending his and his country’s misery?
Following their quick goal, Chile continued to apply pressure.
Following their eventful 2-0 semi-final victory over Colombia on Thursday, which included a three hour break in play due to extreme thunderstorms, La Roja also took a few of their spare days leading up to the final to recover.
He also acknowledged the strength of the opposing team in Chile and gave his thoughts on the final of Chile vs Argentina. A rematch of previous year, defending champions Chile will take on Argentina on Sunday night at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Now with a special Centennial Copa America celebrating the 100th anniversary of South Americas championship, La Albiceleste get a rematch against Chile on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, seeking their first major title in 23 years. Chile played without Arturo Vidal who was suspended for a second yellow card, but the midfielder is now well rested and eager to get back to action.
Since losing to Chile in penalties in the Copa America 2015 final, Argentina has played against Chile twice.
Pizzi said he was hopeful about Hernandez playing in the final, but added that it was too early to be sure.
Each nation picked up right where they left off.
“It’s a group of winners”, Pizzi said of his players after the 2-0 semifinal win over Colombia.
Chile nearly took an unassailable lead soon afterwards when only a superb diving save by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina thwarted Erick Pulgar’s close-range header. With Ospina still on the other side after trying for a diving stop, Fuenzalida was all alone for the easy tap-in 10:44 into the game.
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman made two changes to his line-up, with the injured Carlos Bacca and Farid Diaz replaced by Roger Martinez and Frank Fabra.