The Copa America third-place play-off is a repeat of the 2015 and 2016 finals, offering Lionel Messi’s side a semblance of revenge after those defeats
Argentina and Chile meet in Sao Paulo for this year’s Copa America third-place play-off game, in a repeat of the finals from 2015 and 2016.
Chile won both of those finals to claim their first two titles ever in this competition, with both games going all the way to penalties – so Argentina will be looking for revenge, though the satisfaction of third place may be a dull one.
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The headline story as ever with Argentina will be Lionel Messi’s struggle for international success with his side, but Chile have a point to prove after their shock 3-0 defeat to dark horses Peru.
|Game||Argentina vs Chile|
|Date||Saturday, July 6|
|Time||8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|Telemundo / Globo TV Internacional||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 and can be streamed via Premier Player HD.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Premier Sports 1||Premier Player HD|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Armani, Marchesin, Musso.|
|Defenders||Otamendi, Foyth, Tagliafico, Saravia, Pezzella, Funes Mori, Casco.|
|Midfielders||Paredes, Pereyra, Acuna, Di Maria, Pizarro, De Paul, Rodriguez, Lo Celso.|
|Forwards||Messi, Aguero, Martinez, Dybala, Suarez.|
Argentina starting XI: Armani; Foyth, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, Aguero, Dybala.
|Goalkeepers||Arias, Cortes, Urra.|
|Defenders||Medel, Jara, Isla, Beausejour, Diaz, Maripan, Opazo, Lichnovsky.|
|Midfielders||Vidal, Aranguiz, Fuenzalida, Hernandez, Pulgar, Valdes, Pavez.|
|Forwards||Sanchez, Vargas, Casillo, Sagal, Fernandes.|
Chile starting XI: Arias; Diaz, Medel, Jara; Isla, Aranguiz, Pulgar, Beausejour, Vidal; Vargas, Sanchez.
Betting & Match Odds
Argentina are 5/6 favourites to win this match with Bet365. Chile can be backed at 10/3, while a draw is available at 5/2.
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The 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals will likely go down as two of the defining matches of Lionel Messi’s career. Two penalty shoot-out defeats to the underdogs robbed him of the elusive international title which his detractors use as the main stick with which to beat him.
As usual there will be rumours of his retirement following the tournament but with the 2020 edition of the tournament hosted partly in Argentina, it would be a surprise not to see him have one final crack on home soil.
Manager Lionel Scaloni’s future has also been in question, but the 41-year-old is expected to stay on and feels he has done what was asked of him in the role so far.
“I do not feel as though I am on trial,” he said. “I think my test has already passed. Bringing these players and making them play was my test, and I did it. What we came to do, we did.
“The match with Chile is important. We want to finish in the best way possible. Everyone is motivated.”
For Chile meanwhile, one of the big plusses of their tournament has been the relative return to form of star man Alexis Sanchez, who impressed early on in the tournament.
But their devastating defeat to Peru was the third match in a row they have failed to score in 90 minutes, something they will look to put right in this game.
Midfield anchor Vidal may not feature, but he doesn’t seem too enamoured with the prospect of third place anyway.
“It’s a match in which the third place is fought for, which is not important, it’s just to fulfil it,” he said.
“If we look at it coldly, there is not much desire to play for third place.
“We have to rest and try to get the best out of this cup. I’m sad for the group, but we’re still more united than ever.”