Our prediction for this Copa America match:
There will be fireworks when Chile and Paraguay go head to head at Estadio Nacional de Brasilia in Group A. Chile aim to extend their unbeaten run to four games, but they face a difficult task in Friday’s clash. Inter attacker Alexis Sanchez remains on the sidelines through injury, with Guillermo Maripan likely to miss the game as well. As always, a man to watch in Martin Lasarte’s team will be Arturo Vidal.
Paraguay, on the other hand, kicked off their Copa America campaign with a come-from-behind win over Bolivia, with the team losing to Argentina in their second group game. Eduardo Berizzo, though, has a full squad to choose from for the Chile game, and seeing that the Paraguayans have been producing fine displays at the showpiece tournament in Brazil, share of spoils is on the cards at Estadio Nacional de Brasilia.
Highlighted Player (Alexis Sanchez):
Alexis Sanchez is a Chilean football player born on 19th of December 1988. Sanchez started playing football for Cobreloa and played for Colo Colo, River Plate, Udinese and FC Barcelona before he started playing for Arsenal in 2014. The Chilean player is active for the national team as well.
Alexis Sanchez is a right winger and is known for his speed, agility and stamina. Alexis Sanchez won several prizes in his career such as the Primera Division, World Cup for club teams, the FA cup and the Copa America. In 413 games in his career Alexis Sanchez made 112 goals.
Alexis Sanchez’ nickname was give by the Colo Colo fans and is El Nino Maravila which literally means The Wonder Kid. In 2014-2015 Alexis Sanchez was placed in the PFA team of the year and got nominated as Player of the year.
Highlighted Team (Paraguay):
Los Guaranies are the part of CONMEBOL confederation vying for glory at the international scene since 1919 and their debut loss to Argentina 5-1. Paraguay are regular participants at the Copa America winning the tournament on two occasions thus far, most recently in 1979.
They came close to glory in recent editions of the tournament as they fell short in the final of 2011 to Uruguay, while they finished fourth in 2015. The most successful period of the Paraguay national team came under Argentine coach Gerardo Martino, who took Paraguay to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time in history. Following the 2010 success, Paraguay failed to qualify for their fourth successive FIFA World Cup finals as they have also missed out on the third consecutive global championship held inside their own continent.
Toluca FC centre back Paulo da Silva is the most capped player of the Paraguay national team, while former Bayern Munich and Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is the team’s top scorer with 32 goals to his name.