Our prediction for this Copa America match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 3-0 win over Ecuador, Argentina will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face Colombia in the Copa America semis. Leo Messi is enjoying a very successful tournament, and, no doubt, the Barcelona superstar is going to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni is unlikely to make changes to the starting XI that faced Ecuador as he has no fresh selection worries.
Los Cafeteros, on the other hand, welcome Juventus ace Juan Cuadrado back to the starting line-up after the experienced winger missed the Uruguay game through suspension. Anyhow, Colombia face an uphill task in Wednesday’s showdown as Argentina have been producing excellent displays at the showpiece tournament in Brazil. In their last meeting at Copa America los Cafeteros defeated la Albiceleste 2-0, meaning that Leo Messi and Co. are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Colombia):
Seleccion de futbol Colombia has stepped on to the international scene in 1938 with its competitive debut against Mexico. Colombia has in recent years become a national symbol of strength representing country’s efforts to fight the negative reputation.
Passionate about their football team, Colombians have formed a huge fan base which enjoyed in their team’s impressive run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals at the competition in which Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals and the Best Goal of the Tournament awards. Jose Pekerman’s team has also been named the Fair Play team at the same event.
The fans were pretty disappointed to see their team reach the quarter-final stage at the 2015 Copa America though as Colombia crashed out in disappointing fashion losing to Argentina after a penalty kick. Radamel Falcao remains the most prominent star of the current team despite his poor spells with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Monaco striker is also the team’s top scorer with 25 goals added to his name.