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July 16, 2011 11:15 PM BST
Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López — Ciudad de Santa Fe, Provincia de Santa Fe
Referee:‬ C. Amarilla‎
 
120+1′ (PSO) Messi
Diego Forlán 120+2′ (PSO)
120+3′ (PSO) Nicolas Burdisso
Luis Suárez 120+4′ (PSO)
120+7′ (PSO) Javier Pastore
A. Scotti 120+6′ (PSO)
120+9′ (PSO) Gonzalo Higuaín
Walter Gargano 120+7′ (PSO)
 
Maxi Pereira 120+10′ (PSO)

Copa America preview: Argentina - Uruguay

'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

By Roger Gonzalez

Sergio Agüero y Lionel Messi, Argentina
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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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Available Squads
1Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
16Maxi PereiraDefender
2Diego LuganoDefender
-M. Victorino
22Martín CáceresDefender
20Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
6Á. PereiraMidfielder
17E. ArévaloMidfielder
10Diego ForlánStriker
9Luis SuárezStriker
12J. CastilloGoalkeeper
23M. SilvaGoalkeeper
19A. ScottiDefender
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
-Sebastián Abreu
7Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
14N. LodeiroMidfielder
-S. Eguren
11Abel HernándezStriker
Players to Watch
Messi
Messi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
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?
Diego Lugano
Diego Lugano
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
6 0 1 0
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.
Probable Lineups
Sergio Romero 1
Pablo Zabaleta 4
Nicolas Burdisso 0
Gabriel Milito 0
Javier Zanetti 0
Ángel Di María 7
Javier Mascherano 14
Fernando Gago 5
Messi 10
Sergio Agüero 16
Gonzalo Higuaín 9
Néstor Muslera Micol 1
Maxi Pereira 16
Diego Lugano 2
M. Victorino 0
Martín Cáceres 22
Alvaro Gonzalez 20
Diego Pérez 15
Á. Pereira 6
E. Arévalo 17
Diego Forlán 10
Luis Suárez 9
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. 
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