History will Clearly be Made in the Final in Santiago
Something’s got to give when Argentina takes on host Chile in Saturday’s final of the 44th Copa America. Both teams have something in common, two unsettling streaks they are trying to end – Argentina has not won the Copa America since 1993 while Chile has never won it.
So history will clearly be made in the final in Santiago.
Argentina, ranked No. 3 in the world by FIFA, seems to have all the momentum right now after its 6-1 semifinal thrashing of Paraguay, the 2011 finalist. Angel Di Maria scored twice and superstar Lionel Messi helped out on five of the six goals.
But Chile, ranked 19th in the world, cannot be discounted, and looked impressive in its 2-1 victory over Peru in the other semifinal. Chile relies on Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas, who have combined to account for seven of the 13 goals Chile has scored in the tournament. Still, it has to rankle Chile that it is one of only three South American countries (Venezuela, Ecuador) that has not won the Copa America since it began in 1916.
Messi, as usual, counters for Argentina. His three assists so far ties him with Chile’s Jorge Valdivia for the most in the tournament.