Argentina meet Chile in the final of the Copa America on Saturday evening with Lionel Messi looking to win his first-ever senior international honour.
When: 22.00 am, 3 July 2015
Where: Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos, Santiago de Chile
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The 44th edition of the South American showpiece occasion is set to be decided in the Chilean capital on Saturday evening as the Albiceleste meet La Roja.
Both illustrious national sides head into this contest looking to end extensive international droughts, with Messi’s Argentina as overwhelming favourites.
Gerardo Martino’s side destroyed Paraguay 6-1 in their semi-final, but it remains to be seen whether the weight of history—the sleeping giants haven’t won a major international title since 1993—will overcome Argentina.
Chile have generated controversy this tournament, with both Arturo Vidal and Gonzalo Jara making the headlines for the wrong reasons, but buoyed on by their home support, La Roja may be quietly confident of upsetting the odds.
Jorge Sampaoli’s side edged past Peru in the first semi-final, and the former Universidad de Chile coach possesses the tactical genius to stifle Argentina’s star-studded offensive options.
For Messi—the world’s greatest player—the final represents an opportunity to win a maiden senior international honour with the national side.
The Barcelona superstar has won all there is to win at club level, but his trophy haul with the national side is surprisingly barren—he will be looking to beat Chile and banish the memories of the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany.