Our match prediction:
A place in the Copa America Centenario semis will be at stake when Mexico and Chile face each other at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. El Tri head into the game following a 1-1 draw with Venezuela, but it has to be noted that coach Juan Carlos Osorio rested several first-team regulars in the final group game. La Roja suffered a 2-1 loss to Argentina in the opening match of their Copa America campaign, but they quickly bounced back from the defeat. Arturo Vidal scored a late penalty in the 2-1 win over Bolivia, with Pizzi’s troops impressing in Wednesday’s football match against Panama (4-2). Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez scored a brace against Hernan Gomez’s men and “El Nino Maravilloso” is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. Given attacking potential of the two teams, we predict that both Mexico and Chile will find the net in the 2016 Copa America quarter-final.
Highligted Player (Diego Reyes):
Diego Antonio Reyes is a young 23-year-old Mexico centre back who plays for Spanish club Real Sociedad on loan from Porto. The defender has often been described as intelligent in his positioning and strong in the air. He is considered to be a natural ball-playing defender who is comfortable in possession. Although he is primarily a defender, Reyes has played as a defensive midfielder too. He made his professional debut with Club America in 2010 starting as a midfielder but quickly moving into his more naturally suited central defender role. He was quickly snapped up by Porto in 2013 although his playing time at the Portuguese club was limited. Reyes has played for Mexico at various national youth team levels including the gold-medal winning under-23 squad at the 2012 London Olympics. He was called up to the senior team in 2011 and has already participated in Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup.
Highlighted Team (Chile):
The Chilean Football Federation has been established in 1895 while Chile’s first-ever international game was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1910. The two countries formed a remarkable rivalry over the years and it was exactly against Argentina that Chile won their last major trophy – a 2015 Copa America title. Prior to their 2015 title Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four different occasions. Chile triumphed in a dramatic final on penalty kicks to reach their first tournament championship. In a symbolic turn of events, Chile start their 2016 Copa America Centenario with a rematch against Argentina. The most capped player of the Chile national team is Barcelona goalkeeper who has past his 100-match mark with the squad he has been a part of since 2004. Former Lazio and Juventus striker, the legendary Marcelo Salas is the leading scorer with 37 goals to his name. Key player to the current set up is Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez who has been the team’s leader on the pitch since 2006.