Quest for the trophy begins with a frim challenger
While the fans are roaring in the stadiums in Europe, there is still a major competition that is been played behind closed doors in South America. Copa America 2020have got the attention of the world with many stars fighting for a place in World Cup and continental glory. The competition is headed towards the Quarterfinals and the match that the whole world will have eyes on is Argentina vs Ecuador. Argentina looking forward to continuing their good form in the competition and aims for a place in the semis. On the other hand, Ecuador will try to stop Messi & company while looking for a spot in the semis.
Argentina’s Impressive form in the Copa America
Argentina started their quest with a draw but as they progressed, they have proved to be a deadly side if allowed to attack. Messi has been leading the attack from the front showering the side with goals and assists for his team.
Their journey through the group stage looked shaky in the first match against Chile where they were held back by Chile. The Argentine side had to settle for a draw on the final whistle. Later they faced Uruguay and thanks to Messi’s incredible free-kick they were able to win the game. The same form continued against Paraguay. Their last group stage match was against Bolivia and what a treat it was the master at work. With a dominating 4-1 victory Argentina not only booked their place in the Quarters but also showed that they can fight.
Ecuador managed to find a spot in the Quarter-Finals
Ecuador has had a bit tough tournament. The side lost their opening match to Colombia with only one deciding one. However, the side showed a fantastic display in both attack and defense as they managed to hold Venezuela and Peru scoring 2 goals on both sides. The side later went on to hold Brazil’s star-packed team with a 1-1 draw booking their place in the Quarterfinals of the Copa America 2020.
Players to watch and the expected result
Copa America has always been a great competition to enjoy the real South American style of football. There is always action no matter which team is playing. This fixture is expected to bring the same. While it will always be fun to watch Messi at play but there are a few players that can even make their presence felt on the pitch. Players like Angel Correa and Nicolas Dominguez in the midfield will be worth keeping an eye on. Other than that Martinez, Alvarez is expected to bring some attacking football in the front.
Ecuador site also has some of the fine talents in the country. Players like Valencia, Preciado, Campana will showcase their attacking game. However, the main job lands on the shoulders of Hincapie and Arboleda to stop the heavy attacking style play from Argentina.
E. Martinez ; M. Acuna, L. Martinez, Otamendi , G. Molina ; Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul , A. Gomez, A. Correa, L. Messi; Aguero/ Lautaro
H. Galindez; P. Hicapie, R. Arboleda, P. Estupinan, A. Preciado; D. Palacios, M. Caicedo, S. Mendez, A Franco; A. Preciado, E. Valencia.
At the end of the day, Argentina should comfortably win this fixture considering their star-studded attack and their recently improved defense.
Barring any unexpected upsets for Lionel Scaloni’s men, this fixture should be the end of the road for La Banana Mecánica.
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