The selections of Colombia and Argentina will animate one of the semifinals of the Copa América this Tuesday in a confrontation between two of the teams with the best figures in the championship.
As always when facing senior players, individual duels will be essential in the development of the match. Argentines and Colombians know each other perfectly from European football and from the various international matches they have played.
LIONEL MESSI VS. DAVID OSPINA
Without a doubt, the most anticipated heads-up. It is a duel with several chapters that will have one more in Brasilia. The Rosario is the great figure of the Cup. Scorer, assistant, dribbler, is intractable and will be the great concern of Colombia. Meanwhile, the goalkeeper comes from being the hero against Uruguay and was featured in the last qualifying match. Who wins this captains showdown may depend on the outcome of the match.
DUVÁN ZAPATA VS. NICOLÁS OTAMENDI
Sparks will be drawn. The Caleño striker comes with a closed goal but his sacrifice is essential to generate space and to force rival defenses. In this physical work, his brand will be the experienced Benfica center-back, who has been improving his level but has made mistakes.
LAUTARO MARTÍNEZ VS. YERRY MINA
The Argentine attacker converted in the last two games and recovered good goalscoring sensations. Meanwhile, the defender from Chocó is one of the best in the Cup at his position. Martínez is not the typical nine that stays between the centrals, something that can be a complication for Yerry if he has to go out to look for him.
WILMAR BARRIOS VS. LEANDRO PAREDES
Two central midfielders with very different characteristics. Although the presence of the PSG man has not yet been confirmed, for Lionel Scaloni he has been a starter throughout his cycle and would play again. Paredes loosens up and can play further forward, while Barrios plays further back. They will meet little, but whoever manages the midfield better will have a better chance of winning the game.
LUIS DÍAZ VS. NAHUEL MOLINA
The guajiro has been one of the best footballers in the Cup. On the left, he has lost his level thanks to his speed and skill, although he has also managed to go back and even define in the rival area. He will face an inexperienced winger who has not yet played a forward like Diaz.
JUAN GUILLERMO CUADRADO VS. RODRIGO DE PAUL
Two of the most important players on each of their teams. They start as interiors, but they have the freedom to move and manage the times, especially the Colombian. Cuadrado is the soccer leader of the team, by quality and experience. Meanwhile, De Paul has known how to associate with Messi and is also key for Scaloni.