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Copa America

  • July 4, 2011
  • • 8:45 PM
  • • Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan, Provincia de San Juan
  • Referee: J. Soto

Copa America preview: Chile - Mexico

Copa America preview: Chile - Mexico

Claudio Borghi's men prepare to do battle with the CONCACAF Gold Cup holders, as both sides kick off their respective Copa America campaigns

Chile: Bravo; Jara, Ponce, Contreras, Beausejour; Medel, Isla, Vidal; Sanchez, Mancilla, Fernandez

It remains to be seen whether new coach Claudio Borghi will continue in the same vein as his predecessor Marcelo Bielsa in regards to his approach to national-team matters. However, what is for certain, is that he will use the crux of the squad that represented the nation at World Cup 2010. The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal will strive to boost their burgeoning reputations with good showings at this year's tournament.

Mexico*: Michel; Aguilar, Reinoso, Mier, Araujo; Chavez, Reyes, Enriquez, Peralta; Dos Santos, Marquez Lugo

Mexico's award-winning 4-2-3-1 used in the Gold Cup final will be scrapped by U-22 coach Luis Fernando Tena in favor of a more straightforward 4-4-2. With eight players being sent home over a disciplinary incident following a recent friendly with Ecuador, including Jonathan Dos Santos, Tena has had to call on even more youth to shore up his squad. Forwards Giovani Dos Santos, the only Gold Cup player on the Copa América roster, and Rafael Márquez Lugo will provide invaluable experience up front.

*=probable lineup has been changed from the original article. Per a CONCACAF ruling, Mexico will be featuring its Olympic team, with allowances for five overage players.

  • Chile is one of three South American teams to have never won Copa America, along with Venezuela and Ecuador.
  • Chile has failed to progress beyond the first round on four of the last eight occasions.
  • Progress is being made though, as it was a quarterfinalist last time round, and finished in the last 16 of World Cup 2010.
  • Chile has been in impressive form since last summer, being unbeaten in six matches, including a comfortable 2-0 win over Copa rivals Uruguay.
  • Mexico has never won Copa America since their invitation in 1993, although they have come runners-up twice in 1993 and 2001, whilst finishing third place on three occasions.
  • It successfully defended its Gold Cup trophy, after beating the United States 4-2, sending them also to the 2013 Confederations Cup.
  • Mexico has been in fantastic form throughout 2011, winning all six Gold Cup fixtures and losing just once in eight matches prior to their cup success.
  • It is unbeaten in its three meetings with Chile, winning two and drawing one of them, with the last coming in May 2010 in an international friendly.
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