The other Copa America semi-final match kicks off on 07 July in Brasilia, with Argentina taking on Colombia.
Argentina finished top of Group A, having not lost a single match in the group, winning three of their four matches and a 1-1 draw with Chile. Argentina beat Ecuador to reach the quarter-finals in the knockout stage.
Argentina’s brightest performer at this year’s Copa America remains Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star has been the most powerful player in the Argentine attacking game and has been difficult for the opposition to contain. However, apart from Messi, everyone else’s attacking efficiency has been rather mediocre and the usual mistakes made by the defenders have continued. Argentina will need to be more serious when they face the same opponent that drew 2-2 against them not long ago.
Colombia finished third in Group B, having lost as many as two games in the group, winning only one and drawing the other. Colombia eliminated Uruguay and thus met Argentina in the semi-finals.
Objectively, Colombia consumed more time and energy than Argentina. Several of Argentina’s games were easily ended in regulation time. Several of Colombia’s matches were close victories over their opponents. The match that eliminated Uruguay, for example, was a penalty shootout to take out the opponent. When comparing the two, Colombia are at a disadvantage in terms of physical reserves.
Comprehensive analysis about the Copa America match
For Colombia, the only way to take Argentina to the final is to defend against Lionel Messi. Yet it is simply difficult to do so. If too much energy is put into Messi, he will not be obsessed with working alone, but will pass the ball out at the right time. This way, his teammates will undoubtedly have the opportunity to score. It is therefore particularly important for Colombia to focus on Messi while taking care of the others, otherwise it will have a greater impact and be detrimental to the team’s defence.
The two teams have met in the last six times, Argentina has won three draws and lost a record, a slight lead. The most recent meeting was a 2-2 draw between Argentina and Colombia in a South American qualifier for the 2021 World Cup. Argentina is favored to win the game.
Prediction：Argentina to qualify
Prediction：Argentina 2-0 Colombia