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Copa America 2020: Brazil vs. Argentina match preview- news, lineups

Sat 10 July 2021 | 6:00

Copa America 2020 will come to close this Sunday with a mouth-watering clash between two heavy favorites, Argentina and Brazil at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro.

It’s the Final every football fan was dreaming about since the start of the tournament. The Super Clasico,

Brazil versus Argentina

, Messi against Neymar. Ironically, the two super stars and old friends have not played any matches against Each other since Neymar's infamous transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain back in 2017. Both have been their countries best players and leaders in this tournament.

Both teams have shown throughout the tournament that they fully deserve their place in the final. And both had to suffer a lot in the semis. Brazil defeated Peru by a solitary goal and Argentina was forced into a 1-1 draw by Colombia, but they managed to qualify for the final via the penalty shoot-outs.

Despite their struggle in the semi-final, Brazil and Argentina have shown that they are the two best teams of the Copa America 2020. Brazil was superb right from their first game and eliminated the likes of Chile and Peru in the knock-out stages. Argentina has become stronger with each game and won by big margins against Bolivia and Ecuador.

Some of the biggest players of the world football will feature in this exciting final. Neymar,

Roberto Firmino

and Casemiro on one side and Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria on the other. The Copa America 2020 final has everything a football fan dreams of.

Brazil are slightly the favorite in this game since they are the defending champions and play at their home soil and in front of their passionate fans. For Argentina, however, it has been more than three decades since they won their last Copa America title. Argentina is hopeful that they can break the curse and end a series of five consecutive losses at the major tournament finals. But Brazil is no easy rival and Albiceleste will fancy their chances for upsetting the hosts and win the title.

Brazil vs. Argentina match preview

Both teams have been on a good form since the start of the tournament. Brazil's manager, Tite has done a very good job on transforming the Brazil team which was humiliated 7-1 against Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup. They were eliminated in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup against Belgium, but won the 2019 Copa America in style.

Argentina's manager, Lionel Scaloni has also done a fine job at with an Argentina side which had no confidence after three back to back losses in the major tournaments finals and an early elimination against France in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup. They reached the semi-final of the 2019 Copa America and gave Brazil a run for their money before losing 2-0. Now they will once again face their eternal foes and have their chance for a memorable revenge.

The two teams have had a similar path to the knock out stages. They both topped their groups.

Brazil

had a harder task in the knock-out stages as they had to get passed two of the tournament's biggest underdogs, Peru and Chile. While Colombia was

Argentina

's biggest rivals at the knock-out rounds. Both teams have all the reasons in the world to put everything they have on this game. Argentina wants to celebrate its first major title since 1991 and Brazil is eager to defend its title.

Brazil

Brazil is experiencing a good spells under Tite's guidance. They were drawn in Group B alongside Venezuela, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. They won all of their games but their last one, a 1-1 draw against Ecuador. They scored 10 goals and conceded 2.

At the quarter finals, Brazil defeated the 2015 and 2016 Copa America winners,

Chile

by a solitary goal despite playing one third of the game with 10 men. The 2019 runners-up, Peru was awaiting them at the semis, but the Selecao defeated them 1-0 with a commanding performance.

Brazil's real strength is their collective harmony, yet Neymar, Lucas Paceta and Casemiro have been their best players so far. Allison Becker has also been brilliant between the sticks.

Argentina

Much like Brazil, Argentina has been having a very good tournament. They were drawn in group A alongside

Uruguay

, Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia. They defeated both Uruguay and Paraguay 1-0 and had a 1-1 draw against Chile. Before the start of the tournament, many fans criticized Lionel Scaloni's tactics and line-up selection, but they all turned into praise after Argentina's impressive performances throughout the tournament.

Argentina reached a new high since their last game at the group stage, a 4-1 win against Bolivia. They also thrashed Ecuador by three goals in the quarter finals. Then came their most challenging game so far as they faced a spirited Colombia side in the semis. They lost their lead and had to handle a nervy penalty shoot-outs to reach their third Copa America finals in the last four Editions of the tournament.

Key Duels and Possible line-ups

Messi vs. Neymar

Lionel Messi will be the major threat to Brazil in the finals.

Messi

has the most number of goal involvements (9) in the tournament so far, which includes 4 goals and 5 assists.

His long-time close friend,

Neymar

has carried his side brilliantly to the final. The Brazilian team is thriving under the assistance of the PSG’s forward. Neymar has scored 2 goals and completed 3 assists, the most after Messi.

Interestingly, The two have never played against each other since Neymar left Barcelona as the Brazilian was absent with injuries in each of Barcelona's two games against PSG and Argentina's game against Brazil in the 2019 Copa America. It is probably Messi's last chance to win the Copa America title and redeem himself. He will be desperate to win the title for his country as it has been the only dark side of his illustrated career. To reach that, However, He will have to beat his old friend, Neymar. Whatever happens in the game, it is surely going to be memorable and historic. 

Casemiro vs. Rodrigo de Paul

Casemiro

has been solid for Brazil in the competition. He already has a goal to his name. His ability to cut down the opposition’s attack makes him a lethal threat in the defense. Casemiro has attempted a total of 24 tackles in the tournament so far and has been successful in 13 of them with a success rate of 54%.

Rodrigo is going to be a crucial midfielder for the Argentines. He has already bagged a goal in the tournament and his pass completion rate is 90%. He is expected to run things for Argentina from the mid.

Alison Becker vs. Emiliano Martinez

Both keepers have been having a good tournament. Alison has been commanding between the sticks for Brazil, while Martinez was superb in the semi-final against Colombia and saved three penalties. The duel between the keepers could be decisive in the final.

Brazil possible starting lineup

: Alisson Becker; Danilo, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Lucas Pacqueta; Roberto Firmino, Richarlison, Neymar; Gabigol

Argentina possible starting lineup

: Emiliano Martinez, German Pezzella, Nicholas Otamendi, Marcus Acuna, Rodrigo De Paul, Leondro Parades, Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Gonzalez.

Brazil vs. Argentina Referees

The famous Uruguayan referee, Esteban Ostojich will be the first referee for the game. His countrymen, Carlos Barreiro and Martín Soppi will be his assistants. Another Uruguayan referee, Andrés Cunha is appointed as the Video Assistant Referee while Diego Haro  of Peru will be the fourth referee of the game.

Brazil vs. Argentina - Head-to-head in all competitions

The two teams have played 105 times against each other across all competitions, with Brazil winning 41 of them to Argentina's 38 wins. Their first encounter was in a friendly back in 1914 which Argentina won 3-0. Their last game against each other, another friendly in 2019 also ended in a 1-0 win for Argentina. Brazil have scored a total of 163 goals against Argentina, while Argentina have found the net a total of 160 times against Brazil.

Prediction

It is the biggest game of Copa America 2020 and both teams will desperately want to win the title, which makes it a very tense match. A draw with goals is very much possible as the two teams have some of the most creative and lethal forwards of the world in their squads. Brazil is the favorite to win the game since they are playing at their home soil and have more experienced players. However, they will have to be on their best form to stop a rejuvenated Argentina side which has its captain Lionel Messi on the best possible form. Our guess is a 2-1 win for Argentina.

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