Argentina and Chile will meet in the 45th Copa America final on Monday 27 June at MetLife Stadium, a rematch of the teams’ Group D opener as well as last year’s final, which the Chileans won on home soil in post match penalties.
Chile will be defending their title just 12 months after winning it for the first time while two-time World Cup champions Argentina are looking for their first trophy at the senior level in 23 years, having just won two Olympic gold medals in recent times – 2004, 2008.
In the build-up to the final, Argentina has proved to be very strong a team, and made a strong statement with the semi-final victory over hosts USA, beating them 4-0.
Led by a charged Lionel Messi, the Argentines have a perfect chance to end a painful chapter for their latest golden generation by winning on Monday morning.
Ezequiel Lavezzi, Augusto Fernández, Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria are all set to face late fitness tests, but that is no major reason to worry, considering the quality in the team.
Chile beat Colombia 2-0 in the semifinals and would love to avenge its 2-1 opening loss to Argentina in Group D. Chile has a number of dangerous attackers led by Eduardo Vargas who is the leading scorer at the tournament with six goals.
Arturo Vidal, Pablo Hernandez and Marcelo Díaz are back and should offer great depth to the Chileans and should Argentina slacken at the least, they will definitely be counting a 24th year without a major title.