The historic rivalry between two South America giants Brazil and Argentina will take the centre stage as the two teams meet for the Copa America final. However, Lionel Messi will give more attention as he aims to win a trophy with his home country.
Argentina did not start the tournament in a very convincing fashion. However, with time they have managed to turn things around. In their semi-final game, they needed penalties to reach the final against Colombia.
While Brazil have been consistent in the tournament and they have been defensively strong. They are also the defending champions of the tournament. On the attacking front, they have been making sure that they get the match over the line.
Argentina vs Brazil Copa America 2021 final match will take place on 11th July, Sunday morning at 5:30 AM IST. Copa America 2020 semi-final match will live stream on Sony Liv and Jio TV (Sony Ten 2) in India.
Analysis: Argentina vs Brazil
In the final, a good defence will make all the difference. This is the reason why Brazil are the favourites to win this one. They have conceded just two goals in the tournament. Although Argentina have only conceded 3 goals but Brazil have better defenders than Argentina based upon individual ability.
In order to cover up for that, Argentina would prefer to defend in numbers and hit on counter-attacks. They have plenty of pace with the likes of Messi, Martinez and Di Maria. This could trouble the Brazilian defenders.
While Neymar and co will look to constantly build pressure upon the Argentina defenders. Though they haven’t been convincing enough in opening up teams throughout the competition.
When and Where?
Argentina and Brazil will lock horns in the Copa America final at Maracanã Stadium on 11.07.2021 at 5:30 AM (IST).
Team News and Injury Update
Cristian Romero is the only absentee from the squad. Apart from that, all Argentina players are fit to play.
Predicted Line Up: Emiliano Martinez, Nahuel Molina, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Acuna, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Papu Gomez.
Brazil will be without Alex Sandro and Gabriel Jesus is suspended for the game. Only these two players are not available and Tite has a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Predicted Line Up: Ederson Moraes, Danilo, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Renan Lodi, Casemiro, Fred, Roberto Firmino, Lucas Paqueta, Neymar, Richarlison.
Head to Head: Argentina vs Brazil
The two teams have faced each other 105 times. Argentina have won 38 times, Brazil have won 41 times, and 26 games have ended in stalemate.
The obvious likes of Neymar and Messi won’t be mentioned here as these will be key players anyhow.
The Aston Villa goalkeeper displayed his importance in the penalty shootout against Colombia. He needs to have a big night if Argentina want to win this one.
Though Argentina has other key players, limiting Messi’s influence will be the best way to stop them. Casemiro has often been given this role when Real Madrid face Barcelona. If he is able to limit the influence of Messi, Brazil will have a big chance in the game.
12th Man Opinion: Argentina 1 vs Brazil 2
Many neutral fans would want to see Messi lift an international trophy with Argentina. However, Brazil seem to be too strong for them.