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Copa America

  • July 16, 2011
  • • 23:15
  • • Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Ciudad de Santa Fe, Provincia de Santa Fe
  • Referee: C. Amarilla
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Uruguay won 5 - 4 on penalties

Copa America preview: Argentina - Uruguay

Copa America preview: Argentina - Uruguay

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'El clasico rioplatense' will take over Santa Fe on Saturday as two of the cup favourites will take to the pitch with a spot in the semi-finals at stake


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Argentina: Romero; Zabaleta, Burdisso, G. Milito, Zanetti; Gago, Mascherano; Aguero, Messi, Di Maria; Higuain.

Argentina

No changes for Argentina as Sergio Batista calls the same line-up that earned a 3-0 victory against Costa Rica last time out.

Uruguay:  Muslera; M. Pereira, Lugano, Victorino, Caceres, A. Pereira; Gonzalez, Perez, Rios; Forlan, Suarez.


Oscar Tabarez will look to Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez to find the net against their neighbors as they are shorthanded with the absence of Edinson Cavani, who is still recovering from injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Argentina escaped Group A with five points, finishing in second place.
  • The host nation could only manage one goal from their first two games in the competition, but they came alive in the last game against Costa Rica, winning 3-0.
  • Striker Sergio Aguero is the leading scorer in the tournament with three goals, including a brace against Costa Rica.
  • This will be Argentina's second game in Santa Fe in the Copa America. They drew 0-0 against Colombia in their first appearance in the province.
  • The winner of the contest will face the victor of Colombia and Peru in the semi-finals in La Plata on Tuesday. 
  • Uruguay finished second in Group C with five points, two behind winners Chile.
  • The leading scorer on the team in the tournament is not Forlan, Suarez or Cavani; it is defender Alvaro Pereira, who has two goals.
  • A win would clinch Uruguay's fifth straight appearance in the semi-finals.
  • The last meeting that took place between the two sides was in October 2009 when a Mario Bolatti goal six minutes from time clinched Argentina's qualification to the World Cup in South Africa.
  • Cavani will not play as he is still recuperating from a knee injury suffered against Chile in their second game. The striker did not play in the 1-0 victory over Mexico.
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Players to watch

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Always one of the players to watch, the Barcelona star was in fine form against Costa Rica, delivering two perfect assists. But, the task gets tougher against a stellar Uruguay defence. Can the world's top player repeat his performance?

D. Lugano

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The star of the Uruguayan defence is tough, rugged and physical. He will have to possess all those charactestics for 90 minutes on Saturday if Uruguay hope to advance. He will be expected to shutdown Gonzalo Higuain all night.

Editor's Prediction

Anything less than winning the tournament would be a failure for Sergio Batista's men. Now in the quarter-finals, Argentina should get a step closer to their dream with the potent attack of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria. If they can create chances at the same pace they did against Costa Rica, the host nation should be able to put a few away and advance past Uruguay. 

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Argentina

Uruguay

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Argentina ARG
Argentina Argentina
Draw
Uruguay URY
Uruguay Uruguay
62%
33%

Top 3 Predictions

Argentina ARG
2 - 1
Uruguay URY
Argentina ARG
3 - 1
Uruguay URY
Argentina ARG
2 - 0
Uruguay URY

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