BRAZIL VS ARGENTINA
Copa America 2019, semi-final
Venue: Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Kick-off time: 01:30pm BST
- Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus who both play for Manchester City will go head-to-head
Manchester City duo of Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are now expected to go head-to-head in the semifinal of the 2019 Copa America as Brazil face Argentina on Wednesday morning, July 3
Last season, these two players celebrated winning the Premier League title together, but they will both go against each-other this time around.
Hosts Brazil go into the match as favorites to progress against an Argentina side who failed to hit top gear so far with a showdown against either holders Chile or Peru awaiting the winner.
razil are also proud of the record of having won the Copa America on all four occasions that they have hosted the tournament.
The Selecao have never lost a competitive game at home to Argentina winning eight and drawing two of their previous encounters.
En route to the semifinal, Brazil are also considered as the best attacking and defensive side as they have not conceded a goal scoring eight.
Argentina have not lifted this trophy since 1993 despite being South America's second-most famous footballing nation behind Brazil.
These two great rivals have not met at the Copa America since the 2007 final which Brazil won 3-0 with Dani Alves among the scorers.
Argentine were put in a group which consisted of Japan, Qatar, and Colombia. Lionel Messi’s side somehow squandered with four points to the knockout stages. They looked convincing in their 2-0 victory against Venezuela. Striker Lautaro Martinez is on song, making it life easier for Argentina in the final third. Sergio Aguero has looked in and out, whereas, the rest of the team have failed to match their expectations.
Brazil were convincing – collecting seven points in the group stages. However, they were not able to dissect Paraguay’s defence, despite playing against ten men for over half an hour in the second half. In fact, the Selecao were not at their best against Bolivia and Venezuela during their opening two games of the Copa America. With a slight tactical change, they blew away Peru in the succeeding game. What happened in the next game would not have pleased Tite, but they will be hoping to overcome their fierce rivals.
Brazil have been immaculate since their World Cup exit in Russia last year. They have barely conceded goals, which is the major reason for the results falling in the place. Tite will be largely disappointing for their display against Paraguay last game, but he is aware of the quality at stake. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Gabriel Jesus have the ability to run over Argentina’s defence.
Argentina have been largely dependent on the duo of Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez. Lionel Messi has been poor, whereas, the whole backline is not as good as Brazil’s. The hosts have the tendency to revolve the ball around their team because of their superiority to keep the ball. While, Argentina are more dependent on counter attacks to exploit the opponent’s defence.
Brazil possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Sandro; Arthur, Casemiro; Jesus, Coutinho, Everton; Firmino
Argentina possible starting lineup: Armani; Foyth, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi; Aguero, Martinez.
Goal......... Jesus Gabriel 19' minute goal(assist firmino)
GOOAL.... Firmino 58 (assist Jesus Grabriel)