Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on Uruguay in the ongoing Copa America 2021 on Friday.
Uruguay will begin its Copa America 2021 campaign this weekend. They will face off against arch-rivals Argentina. The game will be played at Estádio Nacional de Brasília. The match will kick off at 5:30 AM IST on Saturday, June 19.
Messi’s began their Copa America with a disappointing result. They have to settle for a 1-1 draw against Chile. An extraordinary free-kick from Captain Lionel Messi gave Argentina the lead. Later Eduardo Vargas scored the equalizer. In that match, Argentina missed a huge number of goals. Argentina dominated the match in terms of possession and shots taken on goal. Their main problem was in their finishing. Argentina has not won the title since 1993. Also, Argentina has lost in the final in four of the last six Copa Americas.
Uruguay had drawn their last two World Cup Qualifier matches against Paraguay and Venezuela.
Head to head record
The two teams are one of the oldest rivalries in the history of Football. Argentina and Uruguay have played 194 official matches between them. Where Argentines have won 89 games. Uruguay has registered only 59 wins in comparison. 46 clashes between them ended as a draw. The two teams last met in a friendly in 2019. There they settled for a 2-2 draw with Messi and Aguero scoring for the them, while Cavani and Suarez did for Uruguay.
Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has his full squad. Lionel Messi is all set to lead the line with Lautaro Martinez and Nico Gonzalez. Sergio Aguero will hope to get a look in after Gonzalez’s wastefulness in front of the goal. That could be the only chance for the XI. As for Uruguay, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani should lead the line. Also, Jose Gimenez and captain Diego Godin should continue to partner up at the heart of the defense.
Argentina vs Uruguay team news: Predicted XI
Argentina: E Martinez; Montiel, Martinez Quarta, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, Aguero, L Martinez
Uruguay: Muslera; Gonzalez, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; Torres, Torreira, Valverde, Rodriguez; Suarez, Cavani