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Copa America

  • 7 July 2011
  • • 06:15
  • • Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Ciudad de Santa Fe, Provincia de Santa Fe
  • Referee: Salvio Spinola Fagundes Filho
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Copa America Preview: Argentina - Colombia

Copa America Preview: Argentina - Colombia

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The hosts will look to perform well in front of their home crowd as they take on Colombia in the second round of games of Group A


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Argentina: Romero; Zanetti, Milito, Burdisso, Zabaleta; Cambiasso, Mascherano, Banega; Lavezzi, Tevez, Messi

Argentina

Sergio Batista opts for one change in the national side, but it is not Javier Pastore or Sergio Aguero. Pablo Zabaleta will start for Marcos Rojo in defence as the rest of the lineup remains the same from the 1-1 draw against Bolivia. Many wondered if Ezequiel Lavezzi would be relegated to the bench after a poor showing in the opening game, but the Napoli star will get another chance to prove his worth.

Colombia: Martinez; Zuniga, Yepes, Perea, Armero; Sanchez; D. Moreno, Guarin, Aguilar, Ramos; Falcao

Colombia


Hernan Gomez only makes once change in the lineup, inserting Carlos Sanchez for Gustavo Bolivar in the middle of the pitch. Hugo Rodallega will again be on the bench to start the game.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Argentina are tied with Uruguay for most Copa America titles with 14.
  • In the 42 Copa America's held prior to the 2011 edition, Argentina has appeared in the final 26 times.
  • Striker Diego Milito and defender Gabriel Milito are brothers. They both played together with Spanish club Real Zaragoza from 2005-07. However, they also battled each other in one of the world's fiercest rivalries. In the Avellaneda derby, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diego played for Racing while Gabriel played for Independiente.
  • Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina. It is the largest city in the province of Santa Fe, where the match will take place.
  • Colombia have won one Copa America title. The victory game in 2001 when they hosted the tournament, taking down Mexico 1-0 in the final with a goal by defender Ivan Cordoba.
  • The national side finished one point behind Uruguay for fifth place in South America's World Cup Qualifying for South Africa 2010. Colombia also finished one point behind Uruguay in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Fifth place in South America results in a two-leg play-off for a spot in the tournament.
  • Three players in Colombia's squad play for Italian club Udinese. Cristian Zapata, Pablo Armero and Juan Cuadrado all play club football for 2011-12 Champions League participants.
  • Falcao has scored 73 goals in 85 games in his two seasons with Porto, averaging nearly a goal per game. But, for Colombia, the star striker averages a sitrke every four games, scoring seven times in 28 appearances.
  • Mario Yepes, the Milan defender who has 77 caps and over ten years of experience in the national team, still has a long way to go to catch the cap leader, Carlos Valderrama. The magical midfielder has 111 caps.
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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Argentina

Colombia

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Argentina ARG
Argentina Argentina
Draw
Colombia COL
Colombia Colombia
71%
18%

Top 3 Predictions

Argentina ARG
2 - 0
Colombia COL
Argentina ARG
3 - 1
Colombia COL
Argentina ARG
2 - 1
Colombia COL

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