Argentina vs Colombia, Saturday’s match for the 1st match day of the Copa América, Group B, at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, in Salvador, Bahia.
At the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Bahia, Argentina and Colombia will meet in the Copa América premiere. The Albiceleste selection has shown that it is ready for this competition and that it has its value.
Argentina defeated Nicaragua 5-1 in their last game of preparation, with Leo Messi scoring twice. Barcelona’s “mage” is the team’s biggest star and will probably be in the best shape of the last few years.
It was in 2016 in the United States, that Lionel Messi wasted a penalty, which gave the bi-championship of the competition to Mexico, and decided to announce his farewell to the national team. This was the second time Messi left the national team, but his absence was brief, as he went back on his word and started again.
After the World Cup in Russia the Argentine federation fired Jorge Sampaoli after the poor performance of the team, and chose Scaloni as interim coach until there was a proposal. This can be considered one of the biggest meetings of the Copa América, since they are the two “heavyweights” of Group B. Both teams have ambitions to win this competition. This could be the game that gives Leonel Messi the hundredth thirty-first internationalization.
Colombia comes from two wins in friendly games with Panama and Peru, and will definitely have the ability to do something in this opening match of the Copa América.
The cafeteros went into the round of 16 in the World Cup, but it was not enough for Argentine coach Jose Pekkerman to take charge of Colombia, as he was fired after six years of work.
The indecision of which coach to hire was delayed a little, and after many analyses, several names and some refusals, the chosen one was the Portuguese Carlos Queiróz.
This lack of definition reduced the time the coach had to prepare the team for the Copa América. It should be said that Colombia has already won the Copa América once, which happened in 2001, when the competition was played in Colombia. Colombia has a very good team, including Radamel Falcão who will be captain of the team.
Argentina had more time to work, but Scaloni showed insecurity regarding the squad that should call. Colombia preparation was late, and this may be a negative factor. Bet on the win of the Argentines.