ARGENTINA must pick themselves up after semi-final heartache if they’re to win the Copa America third place play-off. Lionel Messi and Co fell short in a major tournament once again as they were beaten by Brazil in the final-four and come up against defending champions Chile, who crashed out after a 3-0 defeat to Peru.
Argentina and Chile will fight it out for third place in the 2019 Copa America on Saturday, with the finalists from each of the past two tournaments set to reignite what’s become a familiar rivalry.
Bronze won’t have been the medal either team envisioned winning when they started their campaigns in Brazil, but salvaging as much dignity as possible will be a priority following disappointment.
Chile have been denied a third consecutive Copa crown in 2019, while Argentina and Lionel Messi’s agonising wait for international silverware endures.
What time does Argentina vs Chile kick off?
This Copa America clash will take place on Saturday, July 6.
It will kick off at 8pm UK time – that is 4pm in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil and in Argentina, and 3pm in Chile.
The match will be held at Arena Corinthians.
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The semi-finals were a difficult experience for both teams. Argentina were knocked out following a 2-0 defeat to bitter rivals Brazil, while Chile suffered their second consecutive 3-0 defeat to Peru.
Many of the faces present for those matchups were part of the squads that competed in 2015. Matias Fernandez is the only player who scored for Chile in their shootout win over Argentina four years ago who isn’t back in the squad, per Squawka:
La Albiceleste were deserved losers in their encounter with hosts Brazil, with goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino dividing the two teams.
Messi took umbrage with some of the officiating after he felt there were decisions that should have been referred to the video assistant referee, per Optus Sport:
Watch Argentina vs Chile Copa America 2019 Live Streaming
Chile started their Copa America campaign promisingly and won both their opening games, but coach Reinaldo Rueda’s side have now failed to find the back of the net in their last three games.
The most recent of those was their 3-0 hammering at the hands of Peru, and Eduardo Vargas encapsulated Chile’s miserable performance, via Premier Sports (UK only): Chile’s display at the other end wasn’t any better. Goalkeeper Gabriel Arias left red-faced by this error:
La Roja may have beaten Argentina in the two previous finals, but it’s worth noting both shootout victories came at the end of 0-0 stalemates.
Argentina have won all five of their meetings outside those matches since 2011, and Lionel Scaloni’s side should settle for third place another missed trophy opportunity.
Argentina and Chile meet on Saturday at the Copa America, but unlike in 2015 and 2016, it’s not in the final. The two regional rivals meet in the third-place game after losing in the semifinals. Argentina is coming off a 2-0 loss to Brazil, while Chile fell 3-0 to Peru.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Copa America: Argentina vs. Chile
- Date: Saturday, July 6
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Arena Corinthians
- TV channel: Telemundo and ESPN+
- Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: Argentina -1/2 (-120) | Chile +1/2 (+100) | O/U: 2.5
Argentina: Could this be Lionel Messi’s last game for Argentina following more cup heartbreak? That remains to be seen, and it’s always hard to get up for a game like this, but this is a chance for Messi to create some positive vibes with the next Copa America just a year away.
Chile: They can’t believe they lost to Peru in the semis, and by a 3-0 score, no less. Now they have to shift focus quickly to this match and try to continue to build. With aging stars, their window for another title may have just closed.
Argentina vs Chile prediction
Argentina gets a narrow victory as Paulo Dybala scores twice.
Pick: Argentina 2, Chile 1