Copa America Centenario is heading towards the final stage and we are now up for semi-final matches after enjoying some best games of the season in quarter-finals. In the first semifinal of Copa America 2016, Argentina is all set to take on hosts United States on 21 June at Houston, Texas.
Head to Head
Argentina 5:2 USA
The last time Argentina and United States face off each other in an international football friendly match in March 2011 which resultant to 1-1 draw. In their head to head records, Argentina side have won 5 games out of played 9 while USA managed to beat Argentina twice.
USMNT coming into this match by defeating Ecuador in the quarterfinal by 2-1 while Argentina side thrashed Venezuela by 4-1 in the knockout clash. It is going to be an exciting match and ARG skipper Lionel Messi will definitely be looking to score his 55th goal for country to make Argentina’s way to successive Copa America final. Messi has struggled a lot with his back injury but now getting fully fit to perform and he is keen to win championship for nation.
Argentina coach Gerarado Martino praised Messi and he said, “He knows that he’s a game-changing player. Everybody’s trying to cancel him. But he knows when to play one against one. He knows when to pass the ball to other players. There may be times when he lets some other player take advantage of this. I’m pleased by the way he has recovered from his injury. He’s reinvigorated the team. I’m very happy to have him good shape, especially heading into the semifinals.”
On the other side, United States side is performing well these days and will be keen to make their first appearance in Copa America final. But they are up against top class South American side Argentina.
Starting Line-ups (Probable)
USA: Guzan, Johnson, Cameron, Brooks, Yedlin, Kitchen, Bradley, Beckerman, Zardes, Zusi, Dempsey.
Argentina: Romero, Rojo, Funes Mori, Otamendi, Mercado, Mascherano, Banega, Fernandez, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain.
Argentina soccer team will be favorites to win against United States of America in the very first semi-final of Copa America Centenario on Tuesday. As per Sports Mirchi predictions, Argentine have got 60 percent winning chances over USA and the expected score line for the match is 4-2 in favor of 2015 Copa America runner-ups.