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Argentina v Chile Live Commentary, 06/07/2019

2 - 1
S. Agüero (12)
P. Dybala (22)
A. Vidal (59 pen)
Neo Química Arena


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Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala secure a third-place finish for Argentina as they hold on to beat the defending champions in a rematch of the 2015 and 2016 finals, despite Lionel Messi being sent off in the first half. Gary Medel also saw red for his role in the altercation, and Chile threatened to claw their way back when Arturo Vidal slotted home a controversial penalty at the hour mark, but their comeback falls short on an entertaining night in Sao Paulo.
90' + 5' There's been no flow to this match over the last 15 minutes with all the stoppages. It's now or never for Chile, but they're struggling to get the ball, or bodies, forward. This might be a case of them simply having nothing left in the tank.
N. Tagliafico
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Tagliafico gets the timing of his challenge wrong as he fouls Isla at the halfway line and picks up a yellow card.
90' + 2' The referee isn't interested in penalty appeals from Chile as they shout for handball. As everyone gets up on the Chile bench, the referee gets word in his headset that they might want to check with VAR on that incident, but the conversation is brief as play resumes a few seconds later.
90' There will be a minimum of six minutes added on at the end of this match, which seems a bit excessive.
Ramiro Funes Mori
G. Lo Celso
90' A final change of this match from Argentina sees them bring on Funes Mori for some defensive insurance, as he takes the place of Lo Celso.
87' An Otamendi foul on Vargas awards Chile a free-kick on the edge of the final third. Pulgar whips in a cross as the red shirts pack the Argentina penalty area, but the Albiceleste are first to it before Pulgar fouls De Paul in an attempt to win it back, and the pressure is relieved.
85' Perhaps some time wasting from Argentina as De Paul goes down and stays down following what looked a very clean challenge from Vidal. There didn't even appear to be any contact there.
N. Castillo
C. Aránguiz
83' Chile make a change in attack as Castillo, a forward, comes on to take the place of Aranguiz, a midfielder.
M. Suárez
S. Agüero
81' Aguero's race has been run. A second Argentina change sees Suarez come on in place of the striker.
80' INCHES AWAY! Di Maria is Aguero's provider once again, picking out the striker who tries to place a left-footed strike into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area, but he just misses the mark!
J. Foyth
Yellow Card
79' Foyth clatters into Beausejour and he's shown a yellow. Chile seem to be escaping bookings for some hard challenges, while Argentina are being punished every time they commit a foul, it feels like.
77' VITAL SAVE! How important was that from Arias?! Argentina push forward in numbers as Chile are caught out in defence. Di Maria bursts down the left courtesy of a delicious individual run and rolls a pass across the box for Aguero, but his attempted chip is saved exellently by Arias who did well to stay tall and make the save with his face!
76' Argentina back on the front foot, patiently working the ball around the final third. You get the sense here that they just might need a third to put this to bed, or at least make for a more comfortable finish.
74' Vidal's penalty was just Chile's second goal in their last 10 Copa America matches against Argentina (including today).
72' STRAIGHT AT ARMANI! A well-worked move from Chile, which should serve as a warning for Argentina! Vargas is slipped cleverly into the penalty area, but Pezzella's presence is just enough to force a bit of a tame strike, as Armani makes a comfortable save.
Yellow Card
71' The referee produces yet another yellow, but this one is shown to a former player as Argentina assistant Walter Samuel goes into the book for being a bit too vocal on the touchline. He was no stranger to a yellow during his playing days, either.
69' Argentina have taken back control of this match, refusing to surrender possession over the last five minutes or so. Chile seem to be suffering from a bit of fatigue, and time will tell if they have enough left in the tank for one more strong push at an equaliser.
Á. Di María
P. Dybala
67' Argentina make their first change of the match as Dybala gives way for Di Maria, and the Juventus forward doesn't appear particularly happy about that.
65' There have not been four goals scored in a match between these two sides since a 4-1 Argentina victory in World Cup qualifyng in 2011. Their last six meetings have produced just 10 goals.
L. Paredes
Yellow Card
63' Paredes does well to win a free-kick high up the pitch after being tripped up by Fernandes. The Argentina midfielder has been fouled often in this match, and winning this decision isn't enough to fully alleviate his frustrations as he still argues with the referee, and winds up being booked for dissent.
61' Chile growing in confidence! They get back on the front foot straight away, and Fernandes calls Armani into action with a sharp turn and shot from the edge of the penalty area. This time it's a comfortable save for the Argentina keeper, though.
A. Vidal
Penalty Goal
59' GAME ON IN SAO PAULO! 2-1! Vidal hammers that penalty straight down the middle, with Armani diving to his left, as he cuts the deficit in half! Could the comeback be on here?!
G. Pezzella
Yellow Card
57' PENALTY TO CHILE! Well how about this decision?! The contact certainly looked to come outside the penalty area, but the referee has quite stunningly awarded Chile a spot kick! Argentina are livid with the decision, and Pezzella is booked for dissent.
56' An incident a couple of minutes ago is now being looked at by the referee as Lo Celso may have fouled Aranguiz inside the penalty area. The replay shows it was clearly a foul, but the contact looked to have come just outside the box. This should be a free-kick for Chile.
54' Excluding penalties, Argentina remain unbeaten against Chile in Copa America tournaments (W20 D7); this is the most one side has faced another without losing in Copa America history.
52' Paredes is livid with the referee after Isla barges through his back at the byline as he was shielding a ball and ushering it out of play. It wasn't malicious by Isla, but it certainly could have been avoided. The referee better have an idea of what he's doing here, because things are on a knife-edge, ready to boil over again at any given moment.
G. Maripán
G. Jara
50' Mariapan, who started the semi-final, comes on to take the place of Jara in defence.
50' Chaos in the penalty area! Lo Celso gets into the area and sees a poked effort saved by the face of Arias, who then parries Dybala's rebound from a tight angle! The ball comes out to Paredes on the edge of the penalty area and his shot is blocked straight into the path of Aguero, but he can't sort his footing from six yards out!
48' Jara goes down behind the play after suffering and injury and that looks to be his match done. He gets some attention from the training staff before slowly walking to the touchline. Chile are down to nine men right now as they rush to prepare a substitute.
46' Chile get the second half underway!
Chile have been incredibly frustrated through the first half and they've done their best to take it out on Argentina. It's made for an increasingly physical match that has only got worse as the half wore on, leaving the referee with the important responsibility of finding a way to settle things down over the final 45 minutes.
Argentina are in control through a wildly entertaining opening 45 minutes in Sao Paulo. Sergio Aguero put them ahead early, before Paulo Dybala doubled their lead with his first goal of the tournament shortly after Chile captain Alexis Sanchez was forced off with an injury, and La Roja's frustrations culminated in a hasty coming together between Gary Medel and Lionel Messi that saw both players sent off for their role in the altercation.
E. Pulgar
Yellow Card
45' + 1' Nasty from Pulgar! Another foul from the midfielder, who looks intent on causing damage in this match. He catches Paredes with a hard challenge at the halfway line, with his studs showing a bit, as he's shown a yellow card.
45' There will be three minutes added on at the end of this match.
43' Messi has seen red for just the second time with Argentina, his first coming in a friendly against Hungary in his international debut in August 2005.
41' THE DECISIONS STAND! Messi and Medel have been sent off! Remarkable twist to the tale in Sao Paulo! Medel had been a bull in a china shop all match, but Messi really has to feel hard done by. His involvement in that was merely a slight bump into the back of Medel, and he had a right to be a bit frustrated with how ofted he had been fouled up to this point. Nonetheless, both sides are down to 10 men!
39' It takes the referee a while to calm things down, and once he does he can check with VAR. He goes over to have a look, and based on the replays and the initial look, the reds did seem harsh. It would make more sense if the referee goes back and gives them both yellows, though that could set the stage for more fireworks to come in this match.
G. Medel
Red Card
37' Medel's involvement looked worse as he tried for a headbutt which didn't quite come off, though he was provoked by that shove in the back. Medel sees a straight red as well as this has turned into complete and utter chaos!
L. Messi
Red Card
37' BOTH SIDES DOWN TO 10 MEN! Messi chases down a Dybala throughball that runs out of play, before engaging in a shoving match with Medel. Messi gives him a little nudge in the back and Medel took exception, turning and getting right in his face as both players are shown a straight red!
36' The tempo has dropped off significantly. The responsibility has fallen on Chile with them chasing this deficit, but they can't muster up much of anything right now. They've been more concerned with imposing themselves physically than anything else.
34' It's all been quite comfortable for Argentina, especially at the back. They've been able to pass their way out of defence far too easily, with Chile just lacking any real intensity or pace with their pressing. La Roja are looking very lethargic.
32' GREAT CHANCE! That would have been some goal from Argentina, as they nearly make it 3-0! Messi clips a delightful ball over the top for Dybala, who meets it with an acrobatic attempt from eight yards, but he volleys just wide!
30' There's been no flow to Chile's game whatsoever thus far, with Argentina firmly in control. The Albiceleste have been clinical in possession and they've had the quality in the attacking half that Chile have sorely lacked. That's been the difference thus far.
28' Chile have failed to score in each of their last three games in the tournament (D1 L2). It is their longest goalless run in a single Copa America since 1922 (also three).
A. Vidal
Yellow Card
26' Tempers boiling over! Medel cynically fouls Messi at the halfway line and a few Argentina players take exception to the challenge. Vidal gets involved as he comes to his team-mate's defence, which prompts a big coming together and a lot of pushing and shoving. In the end Vidal is shown a yellow for dissent, while Medel somehow escapes a booking again!
24' It doesn't look as though Chile have turned up for this match, which is quite shocking given the manner in which they lost to Peru in the semi-final. They had a nightmare in Porto Alegre on Wednesday night, and if they're not careful it might be even worse for them today.
G. Lo Celso
22' Lo Celso provides the assist with a smart pass through the lines, but Dybala was really sharp in taking that pass without breaking stride.
P. Dybala
22' MAKE THAT 2-0! Argentina cruising in Sao Paulo as Dybala does really well to take a pass from Lo Celso and spring himself behind the defence with a terrific first touch, before producing a wonderfully cool finish as he chips Arias at the near post to double their lead!
20' SMART SAVE! Argentina attack in numbers, with De Paul finding Messi in space in the centre, but Jara is able to get a deflection on the effort to take the sting out of it, as Arias dives to his right to make the save!
19' Argentina and Chile both lost on the only previous occasion they played in a Copa America third place play-off. Argentina lost 2-1 to Colombia in 1987, while Chile fell 2-1 against Mexico in 1999.
J. Fernándes
A. Sánchez
17' Fernandes is brought on to take the place of the injured Sanchez.
J. Beausejour
Yellow Card
16' Beausejour picks up the first yellow card of the match for lightly tugging the arm of Aguero from behind, to try and slow the striker as he darted through midfield. Definitely a bit of a soft foul, and Medel is lucky not to be booked for dissent as he got right in the face of the referee and wouldn't leave him alone as he followed him around with a look of agression on his face.
16' Chile a goal down, and now a man down as Sanchez picks up an injury to his leg and requires a bit of treatment before slowly making his way off and throwing his captain's  armband to the ground in disgust. Could that be the end of his international career, even?
14' That goal might be just what this match needed. It has started quite stale in Sao Paulo, but that should force Chile to open up and play with a bit more desire going forward. Given it's the third place play-off, there's certainly little for them to lose by getting after it.
L. Messi
12' Another example of the smarts and vision of Messi there to see that develop and catch Chile out, as he provides the assist.
S. Agüero
12' ARGENTINA LEAD IN SAO PAULO! 1-0! Brilliance from Messi who is fouled at the halfway line, and takes the resulting free-kick quickly as Chile are pleading their case, carving them apart with a delicious throughball to send in Aguero, who rounds the keeper and rolls Argentina into the lead!
11' Foyth has had a pretty poor start to this match, in possession especially. On a few occasions already he's gifted the ball to Chile with stray passes and heavy touches, but La Roja have lacked sharpness as well in possession as they have failed to take advantage.
9' Argentina and Chile are the only two teams to have played the 18 possible games during each of the last three Copa America tournaments (they had reached the final in the previous two editions) – at least two more games than any other side (16, Peru).
7' A ball over the top for Aguero sees Argentina into the final third for the first time. The striker lays it off for Messi, who is instantly swarmed before winning a free-kick about 30 yards out. The resulting set piece is played short, with Aguero eventually missing the target at the near post with a strike from distance.
5' It's all been rather pedestrian in these opening stages. Neither side has opened with much urgency, and that lack of intensity is really plaguing the tempo thus far.
3' Quite the sloppy start to this match from both sides, with a number of stray passes high up the pitch seeing possession exchanging hands often. Play then comes to a halt as De Paul stays down following a coming together at the halfway line, before popping up to his feet 30 seconds later looking no worse for wear.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Argentina in their vintage sky blue and white strip as they get this match underway, with Chile in red tops and blue shorts.
Reinaldo Rueda has also elected not to rotate his squad much, though he has switched his formation up. Mauricio Isla and Jean Beausejour will operate higher up as wing-backs, as Rueda makes two changes to his side. Centre-backs Paulo Diaz and Gonzalo Jara are brought in to join Gary Medel, with Guillermo Mariapan and Jose Pedro Fuenzalida dropping to the bench.
Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has refrained from much squad rotation as he makes just two changes from the semi-final defeat to Brazil. Striker Paulo Dybala is awarded his first start of the tournament, replacing Lautaro Martinez, while Giovani Lo Celso is restored at the expense of Marcos Acuna.
SUBS: Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, Junior Fernandes, Oscar Opazo, Brayan Cortes, Igor Lichnovsky, Diego Valdes, Pablo Hernandez, Esteban Pavez, Angelo Sagal, Guillermo Maripan, Yerko Urra, Nicolas Castillo.
CHILE (3-5-2): Gabriel Arias; Paulo Diaz, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara; Mauricio Isla, Charles Aranguiz, Erick Pulgar, Arturo Vidal, Jean Beausejour; Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas.
SUBS: Guido Pizarro, Milton Casco, Angel Di Maria, Renzo Saravia, Matias Suarez, Juan Musso, Ramiro Funes Mori, Guido Rodriguez, Roberto Pereyra, Agustin Marchesin.
ARGENTINA (4-3-3): Franco Armani; Juan Foyth, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero.
Revenge will be on Argentina’s minds as they look to pay Chile back for that 2016 final defeat, while La Roja have a point to prove themselves having been carved to bits at the hands of Peru in their semi-final.
Instead the drought continues for the Albiceleste, who have not won a major trophy since 1993, and the wait continues for them after losing to hosts Brazil in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday night.
It was Chile who won that day a little over three years ago, edging Argentina on penalties at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, denying Messi and company the title they so desperately craved.
Argentina were desperate for a first international trophy in the Lionel Messi era, while Chile had their hearts set on a third successive Copa America championship – instead these sides meet in a rematch of the 2016 final, only a day earlier than they would have liked.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2019 Copa America third place play-off as Argentina meet Chile in Sao Paulo!