Our prediction for this Copa America Centenario 2016 match:
Chile recovered well from the opening loss to Argentina to dominate the Bolivia game, and they eventually recorded a much needed victory, but only after being awarded a controversial penalty in the eighth minute of injury time. Arturo Vidal kept his cool to score the second goal of the game and secure invaluable three points, with La Roja now needing one point to qualify for the second stage. And even though they will attempt to record a win and thus avoid any surprises, that will be no easy task as Panama have been showing a great deal of promise of late. Granted, Los Canaleros were hammered by Argentina in the second group game, but they had beaten Bolivia in the opener and they seem to have what it takes to frustrate out-of-form Chile. Even with ten men on the pitch, Panama matched Argentina for large periods of the game, that is unless Leo Messi was introduced, and we predict they will share spoils with La Roja.
Highlighted Player (Matias Fernandez):
Matias Fernandez and they was born in Argentina but there was never a doubt that he would turn up for Chile. The 30-year-old attacking midfielder started his senior professional career with Colo-Colo in 2004 and was pivotal to the Chilean club winning the 2006 Clausura tournament.
He would then go on to sign for Spanish side Villarreal after spurning advances from many top clubs. But his time at Villarreal was mostly spent on bench eventually leaving for Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2009. He remained an important part of their attacking unit and started earning plaudits for his skills. In 2012 he moved to Italian club Fiorentina.
The versatile midfielder is renowned for his dribbling skills and as a free-kick specialist. He already has 71 caps with the Chilean national team and has appeared in the 2010 World Cup and they and four Copa America tournaments so far. Fernandez was also chosen as ‘South American Footballer of the Year’ in 2006.
Highlighted Team (Panama):
Norway are a Nordic side that participated three times at the FIFA World Cup finals (1938, 1994 and 1998). The Norwegians were producing fine performances at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, with the team setting up a meeting with Italy in the last 16 of the showpiece tournament thanks to a 2-1 win over Brazil in their last group match.
However, the Azzurri proved to be a big catch for Norway and thanks to Bobo Vieri’s goal the Italians made it to the quarter-finals. Norway only once qualified for the European Championship finals, with the team suffering elimination in the group stages of the 2000 tournament in Belgium and Netherlands. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the most famous Norwegian player and it is well known that he helped Manchester United beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
The “Baby-faced” striker scored the winner for the Red Devils in the dying seconds of the match. Norway play their home games at Ullevaal Stadion, which was opened in September, 1926. The capacity of the venue is 28.000.