(EFE) – Argentina and Colombia, two of the top candidates to win the Copa América in Brazil, will meet this Tuesday in Brasilia in the second semifinal with their main figures at their disposal and with the illusion of facing Brazil on Saturday in the Grand finale.
La Albiceleste is undefeated in this tournament and has not lost 18 matches, with 11 wins and 7 draws.
Argentina was the leader of Zone A with 10 points, followed by Uruguay with seven, Paraguay with six, Chile with five and Bolivia, without units.
Colombia was third in Zone B with four units, behind Brazil (10 points) and Peru (7) and ahead of Ecuador (3) and Venezuela (2).
In the quarterfinals, the team led by Lionel Messi beat Ecuador 3-0 without many complications and Colombia eliminated Uruguay’s tough team on penalties, after drawing without goals in the 90 minutes.
In the group stage, Colombia faced Brazil, the top contender, beating them 1-0 with less than 15 minutes remaining. However, goals from Roberto Firmino and Casemiro gave Canarinha victory.
Argentina has an enlightened Messi, who is the top scorer of the tournament with 4 goals (one from a penalty and the other from a free kick) and the top assist, with 4.
Everything seems to indicate that the same eleven that thrashed Ecuador will play against Colombia, although recovery midfielder Guido Rodríguez could appear in place of Leandro Paredes.
In addition, defender Germán Pezzella could start again for Cristian Romero, absent against the Tricolor due to injury.
Another possible alternative is the entry of the left back Nicolás Tagliafico instead of Marcos Acuña.
Midfielder Matheus Uribe, who was absent against Uruguay and will miss the rest of the Copa América through injury, will not be in Colombia.
Gustavo Cuellar is expected to continue as the starter instead of the Porto player.
The good news for coach Reinaldo Rueda is that he will once again be able to count on one of the team’s figures, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, who was unable to play against Celeste due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Cuadrado would enter in place of Rafael Santos Borré.
ARGENTINA: Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acuña; Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez and Nicolás González. DT: Lionel Scaloni.
COLOMBIA: David Ospina; Daniel Muñoz, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sánchez, William Tesillo; Wilmar Barrios, Gustavo Cuéllar, Juan Cuadrado, Luis Díaz; Miguel Borja and Duván Zapata. DT: Reinaldo Rueda.
REFEREE: the Venezuelan Jesús Valenzuela, assisted by his compatriots Carlos López and Jorge Urrego.
STADIUM: National of Brasilia Mané Garrincha, from Brasilia.
HOUR: 22.00 local