CHILE v ARGENTINA – your guide to the Copa America final

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Hot Chile: Can Alexis Sanchez deliver?

After three weeks of some highly entertaining football, it all comes down to this: We are rewarded with the final bettors certainly wanted to see. Hosts and second-favourites Chile, seeking its first ever international title, takes on pre-tournament favourite Argentina for the Copa America title in Santiago on Saturday.

Chile (odds: 3.60) have massive home support and this represents its best chance of ending a long wait for glory since reaching the Copa America final 28 years ago.

The weight of expectation is on Chile’s shoulders. Brazil was crushed under the hopes of a nation in a 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany and the way Argentina (2.12) dismantled Paraguay 6-1 in the Copa America semi-final means La Albiceleste enter the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos as a slight favourite. The draw is available at 3.30.

Yet La Roja are perhaps blessed with their best-ever generation. Players such as Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Arturo Vidal (Juventus) and Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) provide a strong spine. But it is unheralded players such Mauricio Isla, who spent the season in futile relegation battle with QPR when on-loan from Juventus, and Napoli’s Eduardo Vargas (who was also at QPR last term), who have stepped up and used the shop window to best effect.

Isla scored the only goal in the quarter-final against Uruguay, while Vargas scored both goals in the 2-1 semi-final defeat of Peru.

Chile’s pressure game is based on pressing high up the pitch and a quick-passing attack. The foundation of the style came from Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa (who is currently at Marseille, but who was on West Ham’s radar until recently). Bielsa achieved cult status in charge of Chile with his 3-3-3-1 formations and the brand has continued to thrive under his disciple and compatriot Jorge Sampaoli.

La Roja is greater whole than the sum of its parts, epitomising the ‘team’ philosophy. In contrast, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has arguably had a much tougher job, trying to keep happy a squad that bristles with star quality and attempting to bring out the best in those mega-stars.

Argentina invariably start slowly in tournaments and come on strong. Though they drew 0-0 with Colombia (going through on penalties) in the quarter-final, Martino’s side created plenty of opportunities. Those chances were taken in the semi-final against a ragged Paraguay defence, who were pulled apart by the movement of Lionel Messi and Javier Pastore.

Up front, Sergio Aguero is one of the best finishers around and Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain looks certain to be among the Premier League’s elite should either Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool take a chance on the 27-year-old.

Pastore has had a great season at PSG and while Angel di Maria has failed to shine at Manchester United – largely because he has been played out of position and is better-suited to the right wing in the physical Premier League – he appears to have renewed confidence playing for his country.

Having lost the World Cup final to Germany after extra-time, this could be the last chance for Argentina’s golden generation to win a major title, something that has eluded La Albiceleste since 1993.

Chile has reached the Copa America final four times and has yet to taste victory, while Argentina seeks a 15th Copa title.

Argentina threw off the shackles against Paraguay, but will these highly creative individuals go into their shell? They were beaten in five World Cups without reaching the semi-finals before having a marshmallow draw in Brazil to reach the semi-finals. Then they blew that biggest-of-all chance for a title, failing to score a goal in the last five hours in the tournament.

Chile has won just two of its last 37 meetings with Argentina, whom the rest of South America will be against for many reasons other than football.

La Roja have been a revelation, although the cup-cake schedule en route to the final has definitely boosted confidence.

In skill terms, this final encapsulates everything good – and there has been plenty – that has been on show at this tournament, and it is a tough call to pick the winner.

We go with Argentina, as they have the fire-power to change the team’s dynamic from off the bench. But it should be close for at least an hour.

VERDICT: CHILE 1 ARGENTINA 3 @ 17.00

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PERU v PARAGUAY – your guide to the Copa America third-place playoff

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Key man: Paolo Guerrero

Paraguay were unusually ragged in their semi-final with Argentina and their 6-1 thrashing means they are slight underdogs for the Copa America third-place playoff clash with Peru in Concepcion on Friday night.

Both nations are outside the FIFA top 60, which means relatively little, and both should climb after a surprising run to the semi-finals.

Peru (odds: 2.38) were valiant in defeat to hosts Chile. Reduced to 10 men after 20 minutes when Carlos Zambrano was dismissed after a second caution, Peru only fell to a wonder strike from Eduardo Vargas, who netted twice in the 2-1 victory.

It was Peru’s second defeat in the tournament after going down to Brazil deep into injury time in their group opener.

Peru has reached three quarter-finals and two semi-finals in the last five Copa America tournaments, so they are well used to the big occasion.

The same can be said for Paraguay (2.88), who were runners-up four years ago.

They held Argentina 2-2 in their opening group game, sowing plenty of spirit, but were blown away 6-1 by La Albiceleste on Tuesday as they attempted to reach their second straight Copa America final.


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While they knocked out a Neymar-less Brazil in the quarter-finals on penalties after a 1-1 draw, Los Guaranies have managed to win just one of their last eight games since Ramon Diaz took charge following their failure to qualify for the World Cup finals.

Both nations have quality strikers. Paolo Guerrero netted a hat-trick for Peru against Bolivia in the last eight (and is 6.00 to finish as the Copa top scorer), while Lucas Barrios (9.60 to be top scorer) has netted three times in this tournament for Paraguay against arguably stringer opposition.

Paraguay have beaten Peru six times in their last 12 meetings, drawing on three other occasions and they have also won three of the last six clashes. There have been three draws and it is 3.50 for the draw this time.

Goals have not been a feature in recent clashes between the two. While the last two meetings saw three goals scored in total, the previous six meetings saw fewer and it is 2.26 for there to be fewer than 2.5 goals this time.

Paraguay were flat-out embarrassed by Argentina’s quick breaks in the semi. La Albiceleste were given far too much time playing between the lines and picked apart Diaz’s side at will.

It is arguable that neither side will match the level of intensity they showed in their respective semi-finals, but Peru are more worthy of consideration as they have been consistent from the opening game.

We feel Guerrero could be the key to victory. If he receives enough service, he will cause panic in a defence that has shown its vulnerability and one that may well be lacking in confidence after their drubbing. Los Incas can claim third place and, in our opinion, will fully deserve it.

VERDICT: PERU 1 PARAGUAY 0 @ 9.80

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Argentina run riot at Copa America… but you were warned!

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On the money: Angel di Maria

We’ve been on the money throughout Copa America, with our Best Bets cashing in with alarming regularity.

Take the two semi-finals for example: We said both Peru and Paraguay would both score – and they did, cashing in at 1.99 and 2.10 respectively. Hey, we just doubled your investment. Twice.

Hosts Chile reached their first Copa America final in 28 years after seeing off Peru in a thrilling encounter in Santiago.

See the highlights:

And in our second semi-final preview, you were told:

‘We see this as being Argentina’s coming-out party, even though Paraguay will stack plenty of bodies behind the ball. An early goal will settle the favourites and will open the game up.’

And didn’t it just! Argentina ran riot. You can catch the highlights here:

So it is on to the final. Argentina are slight favourites at 2.10, with Chile at 3.60. The draw is 3.30.

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ARGENTINA v PARAGUAY – Your guide to the Copa America semi-final

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Key figure: Nicolas Otamendi

Paraguay’s upset of Brazil in the quarter-finals sets up a clash with tournament favourites Argentina, with whom they shared a 2-2 draw in their opening group clash.

Having qualified for France 1998 and then the next three World Cups that followed, La Albirroja looked to be a burgeoning force on the international stage. Their second-place finish at the last Copa America seemed to underline the point, but they inexplicably fell away following the departure of former manager – and now Argentina’s coach – Gerardo Martino.

Paraguay (odds: 8.60) failed to qualify for the last World Cup and went through three managers until Ramon Diaz was tasked with restoring some pride.

Little was expected of Paraguay coming into this Copa America tournament. Diaz had been in charge for just three games and had not tasted victory. Yet his side showed plenty of character in coming back from 2-0 down to Argentina in the opening game.

Paraguay finally got off the mark with a 1-0 victory against Jamaica before securing a 1-1 draw with Uruguay in their final group game (the draw is available at 4.10).

While they came back from a goal down against Brazil in their quarter-final, they needed penalties to go through. Diaz’s record is therefore one win in seven internationals.

Argentina (1.47) topped the group but also required penalties to see off Colombia in their last-eight clash. It was a shootout that contained some of the best and worst penalties ever seen.

While they have not set the tournament alight yet, they remain unbeaten and their defence, a big question-mark heading into the Copa, has answered every call.

The central defensive partnership of Martin Demichelis and Nicolas Otamendi – who has both Manchester City and Manchester United on alert, as he is set to leave Valencia this summer – have been solid. The biggest issue may be with the full-backs. Pablo Zabaleta, while useful going forward, often gets caught out of position and Manchester United’s Marcus Rojo, who missed a penalty in Argentina’s shootout with Colombia, has struggled for both club and country.

Yet their attacking prowess is well documented. Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain pose Martino a headache: how does he involve them all and play them in their best positions? The dynamic is an awkward one.


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Tevez, when he can get into the side, is playing a position far deeper than where he is most effective, and the only certainties on the team-sheet are Messi and Javier Mascherano, who is the glue in the central midfield that allows the creative players to do their thing.

Paraguay don’t have a great pedigree but they do play with heart. While they may have it within them to topple Argentina, their record against La Albiceleste is not a good one. In 104 meetings between the two sides, the Paraguayans have tasted victory on just 15 occasions, suffering 58 defeats.

We see this as being Argentina’s coming-out party, even though Paraguay will stack plenty of bodies behind the ball. An early goal will settle the favourites and will open the game up.

VERDICT: ARGENTINA 3 PARAGUAY 1 @ 14.50

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Colombian penalties provide the anti-Tekkers at Copa America

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Spot on: Carlos Tevez

It was a tale of two quarter-final penalty shoot-outs, which now leave heavy favourites facing outsiders in both semi-finals of the Copa America.

Argentina, the 14-times Copa champions, went through on penalties against Colombia after their clash ended 0-0 in 90 minutes at the Estadio Sausalito.

Carlos Tevez scored the deciding spot-kick in sudden-death, which was notable for some truly horrible attempts counterbalanced by some of the best pens you will ever see.

In the final last-eight clash, Brazil were held 1-1 by Paraguay (advised in our preview as a Correct Score bet at odds of 6.40), who then repeated their 2011 Copa America penalty shoot-out win over the Selecao.

Manchester City striker Robinho gave Brazil a 15th-minute lead from a Dani Alves cross, before Thiago Silva’s second-half hand-ball allowed Derlis Gonzalez to level from the spot.


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Paraguay, who last won the tournament in 1979, went on to win 4-3 on penalties and now face Argentina in Conception early on Wednesday morning, while hosts Chile face Peru in the other semi-final on Tuesday morning.

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ARGENTINA v COLOMBIA – Your Copa America guide to the quarter-final

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Gonzalo Higuain: Big threat to Colombia

This game in Vina Del Mar on Friday is the one that both would have wanted to avoid so soon in Copa America.

Many had them pegged as finalists. After all, they are ranked higher by FIFA than Brazil (Argentina are ranked third, Colombia fourth and Brazil fifth).

It has not quite clicked for Argentina (odds: 1.86) at this Copa America. The favourites to win it all recorded a draw with Paraguay, followed by two laboured 1-0 wins against Uruguay and Jamaica respectively.

They topped the group with seven points and are unbeaten, the worries about their ropey defence before the start of the tournament have been masked by the problems up front.

Their three games have included two clean sheets but coach Gerardo Martino has come under fire for perceived lack of flexibility. They have managed a total of just four goals in games against Uruguay, Paraguay and Jamaica. With all due respect to those sides, the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria should be creating more than they have don thus far.

Traditionally, La Albiceleste invariably start slowly at major tournaments and come on strong. That could well be the pattern again. Defensive uncertainties aside (they were rudely awakened when Paraguay came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the opener), Argentina have won eight and drawn one of their last 11 internationals since losing to Germany in the World Cup final.


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The incentive is obvious: they are without a major title since 1993, but will likely have to go through Brazil in the semi-final, should the Selecao come through their last eight clash with Paraguay, and there is the prospect of host nation Chile waiting in the final. That is a tough road.

Messi, Tevez and company now face a young Colombia (4.90) side who, whilst losing to Venezuela, have beaten Brazil and are certainly capable of raising their game.

Jose Pekerman’s Colombia lit up the last World Cup, creating numerous chances with their free-flowing, pacy football. Yet James Rodriguez and Los Cafeteros have struggled mightily to find the net.

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Colombia key: James Rodriguez

They have limped into the last eight, having scored one goal in three games – and that was enough to beat Brazil and gain the three points to take them through.

Colombia’s problems centre on Radamel Falcao, who has continued his poor form that convinced Manchester United manager Luis Van Gaal to abandon thoughts of a permanent move.

The 29-year-old has attracted the attention of Chelsea – perhaps it appeals to Jose Mourinho’s ego to turn Falcao’s form around where Van Gaal has failed – but many Colombia fans want to see him dropped in favour of Jackson Martinez.

One thing to look for is a lack of discipline. In the 18 group games, at least four cards were issued in 13 of those games – and you can invariably bank on a few cards when Argentina and Colombia meet.

Their last six clashes have produced a total of 31 yellow and four red cards (an average of five yellows and a red per game).

Since they were crowned Copa America champions in 2001, Colombia have failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals and while Martinez and Carlos Bacca will pose a threat, Argentina look worthy favourites.

They also have a decent record against Colombia, winning seven and drawing three of the last 12 meetings. The draw is on offer at 3.20, but Argentina are a viable price to continue their good run.

VERDICT: ARGENTINA 2 COLOMBIA 0 @ 7.20

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Copa America – Vote for your top goal from the Group stage

We have come up with five top goals from the Group Stage of the Copa America.
We could have chosen others, such as Thiago Silva’s volley against Venezuela (but in all honesty, you and I blast them home like that every Sunday morning!).

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Great goal: Thiago Silva

So take your pick of the top strike from the following five and see if you agree with us.
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EXCLUSIVE: Playing against Tevez was reason I joined Peterborough, insists Torres

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Power Serg: Torres in action for Crawley Town

FORMER Crawley Town midfielder SERGIO TORRES knows a thing or two about big Cup competitions, having played for the Red Devils in their famous FA Cup run, which ended in a narrow defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

To the proud Argentinian, nothing is bigger than the Copa América, South America’s equivalent of the European Championship, which reaches the quarter-final stage on Wednesday. Here is the second edition of his exclusive Cop blog…

AFTER watching nearly all of the Copa América group games, I came to a conclusion that there is no one team that has stood out to justify favouritism.

Argentina was the big favourite before the tournament, because of their power and creativity in attack, but they have so far failed to produce the finishing touch that we see those players doing week-in, week-out for their respective clubs.

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Keep your shirt on: Tevez holds off Torres

As a proud Argentinian it pains me that La Albiceleste have not won a major tournament since 1993, when we last landed the Copa América. Yet when you look at the 12 teams involved, there should be only one winner, with firepower like Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.

We won the group and that was the main objective before the tournament started. We played some great football in patches, but have so far failed to capitalise on the chances created.

Gonzalo Higuain scored on his first start on Saturday night, but I am a big Carlos Tevez fan. One of the main reasons I moved to Peterborough United from Wycombe Wanderers was because they had already arranged a pre-season game against Manchester United, and the thought of playing with Tevez on the same pitch made me accept the contract and sign for them (I guess Matt Tubbs had the same effect on me when I signed for Crawley!).

I did play against Carlos and it was fantastic. Naturally, we spoke to each other on the pitch and afterwards he promised to send me his shirt, but I’m a bit annoyed with him because he never did, despite texting each other a few times since.

I would like to see Carlos have more minutes on the pitch. When he came on against Jamaica, he showed the passion that makes him adored by Argentinian fans. They love his determination and commitment – he has a great attitude, wears the shirt with pride and always gives 100%.

He made things very difficult for the Jamaican defenders. It is not easy to break teams down when they put 10 men behind the ball, but we expect, with the quality of that squad, that Argentina can score few more goals.

Coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino mentioned that he is worried, because we cannot kill the games off, and he is hoping for a better reaction on Friday night when we play Colombia in the quarter-finals.

South American football has risen a level in the last few years. Teams like Bolivia and Peru (both qualifying for the knockout stage) used to lose every game, but now they are playing some good stuff and have done their respective counties proud.

Another giant, Brazil, have failed to show the class their players normally show for their domestic teams. I think their manager, Dunga, has to take some responsibility because since he took over we have seen some changes in their style of play.

This “new” Brazil has changed from its historic style. They used to entertain every game – it didn’t matter if they won or lost – they were always the team dominating with the ball at their feet and the players always wanted to have the ball. They call it “Jogo Bonito”, a style crafted by players like players like Zico, Socrates and Pele, then carried on by the likes of Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronladinho, Romario, and Bebeto.

At present, Neymar is one of their few players that fits the way Brazil always used to play. He is very attack-minded, so skilful, and people love watching him because he entertains. Now with his ban (he misses the rest of the Copa America), it will make it difficult for Brazil to win this Copa America.

Chile is looking very strong and they will have a great chance to get to the final. Their fans are very vocal and their manager, Jorge Sampaoli – one of six Argentine coaches in charge of the 12-teams at this Copa – wants them to play in a certain way: He wants people to want to watch them.

La Roja showed their potential in their last group game, beating Bolivia 5-0.

Many people were talking about Arturo Vidal’s car accident and whether or not he should play, but he is one of the best Chilean players, so it didn’t surprise me that the authorities chose to release him and he went straight in the team.

Who would I pick for the final? Initially, I felt it would be Argentina v Colombia, but that is not possible now.

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In his pomp: Torres always a fan-favourite

If Chile can beat Uruguay, they may well reach the final, as they have the winner of Bolivia/Peru in the semi.

Argentina, if overcoming Colombia, get the winner of Brazil/Paraguay in the other semi.

It’s all up for grabs. I just hope Tevez, Messi and company can start to show their true class when it matters.

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ARGENTINA 1 JAMAICA 0 – All the latest news and highlights from Copa America

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On the mark: Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of the game as Argentina beat Jamaica and topped Group B, thus likely avoiding a clash with Brazil in the Copa America quarter-finals.

Lionel Messi, 27, winning is 100th cap, was held in check by a physical and well-organised Jamaica side, but Higuain fired home form inside the box in the 11th minute. The Napoli striker, who could soon be moving to the Premier League, helped his side justify odds of 1.16, although Argentina, who had already qualified for the knockout stages, found life tough thereafter.

Earlier, in a repeat of the 2011 Copa America final, Uruguay and Paraguay also went through, courtesy of a 1-1 draw, with both sides scoring via headers.

Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez had given Uruguay the lead only for Paraguay’s Lucas Barros to level before the break.

Both results were great for followers of this column as we continued our great run with our Best Bets. Jamaica failed to score (1.53), there was a draw at half-time in the Uruguay/Paraguay game (1.97), we suggested Peru to win, draw no bet (1.90), Ecuador to win (2.92) and Chile to win to nil (2.08), so we were quids in over the last three days..

And with Ecuador beating Mexico 2-1 (a suggested correct score at odds of 10.00), the bookie-bashing will hopefully continue in the quarter-finals.

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ARGENTINA v JAMAICA: Your Copa America guide to the Group B clash

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How do you sollve a problem like… Di Maria?

There have not been too many shocks in the Copa America as yet. Jamaica have yet to score a goal in the competition, while Argentina are heavy favourites to win (odds: 1.16) and progress to the knockout stage.

So colour this game as ‘going to form’.

La Albiceleste have four points on the board and look assured of making the next phase. Yet trouble has been brewing within the camp, if reports emanating out of Argentina are to be believed.

The star-studded side endured some fierce and somewhat harsh criticism for allowing a two-goal lead to slip in the opening clash with Paraguay.

It hasn’t helped that video footage has been released of captain Lionel Messi and Manchester United’s winger Angel di Maria, who are alleged to have been heard mocking Gerardo Martino’s team talk as they made their way out of the tunnel for the second half.

That would be highly surprising since both are total professionals, yet there is no doubt that Martino is not popular with many Argentina fans, who perceive is tactics as negative, given the plethora of attacking options open to him.

If the criticism appeared unwarranted, Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and company got more of the same after beating Uruguay 1-0 in a scrappy affair, the three points handed to them thanks to a brilliant headed goal from Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

In truth, the performance was hardly convincing from Martino’s men.

They are expected to win and win well against a Jamaica (22.00) side who were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Paraguay in Game 2, where they made plenty of goal-scoring opportunities, only to be let down by some wayward finishing.

The ‘Reggae Boyz’ also held their own against Uruguay in the Group A opener, yet bettors have to decide which Argentina will turn up.

Knowing a point will be good enough to progress (the draw is 8.20), will they take their foot off the gas?

Or has the criticism stung some proud players, who will be desperate to make the pundits choke on their words?

If that is the case, ask yourself this question: Can Leicester’s Wes Morgan shackle Messi (who is as short as 3.20 to score the first goal)?

Argentina won both previous meetings (5-0 and 2-1) and while Jamaica are limited in attacking options, they are organised enough to limit the scoring. Argentina should win to nil, but it may be a hollow and less-than-emphatic victory.

VERDICT: ARGENTINA 3 JAMAICA 0 @ 6.00

BEST BET: JAMAICA NOT TO SCORE @ 1.53

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