Hello and Welcome to the live coverage of the match between Argentina and Chile in Match 8, Group D of the Copa America 2016 at Levi s Stadium in Santa Clara. This is the repeat of the final of the 2015 final, where Chile won the match on penalties to lift their maiden Copa America Trophy. The earlier fixture in this group saw Panama beat Bolivia 2-1 to register their first points of the tournament. Argentina will hope that they can avenge their defeat in the final previous year by beating Chile in a convincing manner and go top of the group. READ: Copa America 2016: Argentina favourites to win

90 + 2 mins, ARG 2-1 CHI: BRAVO PREVENTS A THIRD! Another counter from Argentina for good measure, as they work their way forward clinically. And Guess what Chile’s efforts paid off, GOAL for them this time by Well they have something to celebrate at last! Romero senselessly comes off his line for a cross he was never going to get to, and substitute Jose Pedro Funzalida. Orellana provides the cross, as the two substitutes combine to get Chile their consolation goal, and that’s a wrap for this thrilling and intense game. Tough luck for Chile but they did their best.


90 mins, ARG 2-0 CHI: Argentina have not conceded versus Chile since the 1959 edition when the Albiceleste won 6-1 since that game, just another stat. Last minute changes being made with Osvaldo Nicol s Fabi n Gait n stepped out and Claudio Mat as Kranevitter making his way. Unless Chile can get a late goal here, they’re poised to move bottom of Group D ahead of their clash with Bolivia in four day’s time at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Twominutes to be added now to give some hope to Chile.

85 mins, ARG 2-0 CHI: Chile are trying various combinations to get the right and trying various substitutions. Charles Mariano Ar nguiz Sandoval goes out and in comes Jos Pedro Fuenzalida Gana. For the first time in this second half, the pace is slowing, with Argentina doing a lovely job of suffocating Chile in midfield.

80 mins, ARG 2-0 CHI: Well that really sums up the evening for Chile, doesn’t it? A terrific cross to the far post is met by Alexis, but he slips at the vital moment, getting his feet all tangled. Chile have lost three and won just one of their games since Juan Antonio Pizzi took over for Jorge Sampaoli at the end of January. At the end of 80th over, another substitution made. Out goes ngel Fabi n di Mar a Hern ndez and now joins in Erik Lamela.

75 mins, ARG 2-0 CHI: Well-worked move from Chile, which should provide a bit of encouragement, but Pinilla overruns the ball atop the area as the chance goes begging! Chile unhappy as Gaitan requires attention after Beausejour accidentally stepped on his hand. Another substitution in the making with Gonzalo Gerardo Higua n going out and Sergio Leonel Ag ero del Castillo coming in.

70 mins, ARG 2-0 CHI: Chile are giving all their energy for this game and no luck yet. Instead it is floating yellow cards around. Rojo gets his hands high up on his opponent and the referee doesn’t hesitate in booking him. A substitution made, Eduardo Jes s Vargas Rojas goes out and Mauricio Ricardo Pinilla Ferreira comes in. Vargas slams down his waterbottle on the touchline, unhappy with being subbed off.

65 mins, ARG 2-0 CHI: Yellow card for Chile again. They are losing their plot. As for Argentina, they join along with another yellow card. So far four of them in this game. This is turning into a counter-attacking masterclass from Argentina, as Chile are starting to fall apart. They’re completely losing their shape, with no one backing each other up.

60 mins, ARG 2-0 CHI: Time for some changes to keep the momentum going. Eugenio Esteban Mena Reveco goes out and comes in Fabi n Ariel Orellana Valenzuela for Argentina. STRAIGHT AT THE KEEPER! That’s arguably the best chance Chile have had all night! Beausejour makes a tidy overlapping run and plays a much better ball into the area this time around, where Orellana meets it at the far post. Chile miss the chance. But looks what happened here, another GOAL for Argentina now, BANEGA DOUBLES THEIR LEAD! Di Maria plays Banega through on the left, and the midfielder’s strike takes a deflection off Isla as it wrong-foots Bravo!


50 mins, ARG 1-0 CHI: Guess what, Argentina are raring and they get their first GOAL. Aranguiz is dispossessed in midfield by Banega, who promptly plays Di Maria through into the area. The PSG man takes a touch to control and then beats Bravo at the near post with his second!

45 mins, ARG 0-0 CHI: Another yellow card in tonight’s match. Back the other way come Argentina and a foul by Isla concedes a free-kick in a dangerous area, while picking up a yellow card to add make matters worse. Now extra 1 min given away before the HALF TIME.

40 mins, ARG 0-0 CHI: Problem for Chile as their main person Aranguiz, who spent the majority of the 2015/16 club season sidelined with a torn Achilles, is down and clutching his ankle after a challenge near the halfway line. An errant pass out from the back by Bravo gives possession straight back to Argentina – Di Maria specifically.

35 mins, ARG 0-0 CHI: For all the questions Argentina are posing in the final third, Chile have had the answers, largely in thanks to their midfield trio. Vidal, Diaz and Aranguiz have such incredible work rates. Chile are gushing for a goal especially their mid-fielder trying to get some way through the goal.

30 mins, ARG 0-0 CHI: ROMERO COMES UP HUGE! Another careless giveaway from Argentina, this one from Funes Mori, gifts Alexis a chance atop the area. He has a clear sight of goal, but Romero makes himself big and gets enough of the strike. No goal yet from both teams, despite Messi missing this game Argentina are showing grit and confidence.

25 mins, ARG 0-0 CHI: PENALTY APPEAL DENIED! Everyone is yelling at the referee, from both teams. Di Maria shows his quick feet to dart into the area, where he goes to ground following an inaccuous coming together with Isla. THEY’RE INCHING CLOSER! Wonderful overlapping run from Banega to cover the outside channel as Argentina go box-to-box in a matter of seconds. Dreadful in the end! It’s a wonderful tackle from Aranguiz that sees Chile win the ball back in midfield and break quickly.

20 mins, ARG 0-0 CHI: Diaz makes a horrid pass in midfield to gift Argentina possession and a chance on the break. Di Maria sprints down the left and has Higuain making a run to his right, but a good show of determination from the Chile midfielder. First yellow card shown, Vidal picks up the first yellow card. Gaitan has been battered and bruised with Chile struggling to slow him.

15 mins: Argentina get a free kick in a good position after Gaitan is brought down. A poor cross and the defenders are able to clear easily. Argentina need to make these set plays count.

10 mins: Di Maria has a shot at goal again, but misses. At the other end, A beautifully ball to Vargas up front from Vidal almost sees him go through, but the ball is too strong for him to reach. Has been a good opening minutes.

Argentina with the best chance in the opening 5 minutes:


5 mins: CROSSBAR!!! Gaitan gives Chile something to worry about as his header bounces off the crossbar, just over the head of Claudio Bravo. Chile have a lucky break. Argentina have pressed very well and Chile on the other hand have made a couple of sloppy passes. Di Maria too has a shot, but his left-footed curler does not trouble the keeper.

We are underway after the National Anthems!

TEAM NEWS: Huge news coming in from Santa Clara! Skipper Lionel Messi has been benched. Even Aguero does not find a place in the playing XI. Di Maria, Huguain and Gaitan start for Argentina. Javier Mascherano will lead the team in the absence of Messi.

No major surprises for Chile. Vidal and Sanchez will lead the attack for the champions!

Lionel Messi and Argentina have made it to the last two finals of a major tournament but have come second best on both occasions. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Argentina lost to Germany in the final. They had to face the disappointment of losing to Chile in the Cop America 2015.

Argentina have a formidable team. Messi has the likes of Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero for company up front. Also the the squad are Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Javier Pastore, Javer Mascherano and Eril Lamela make a formidable midfield as well. READ: Lionel Messi aiming to end Argentina’s title drought

Chile on the other hand will be led by Alexis Sanchez up front. Sanchez scored the penalty that won Chile the Copa America in 2015. Chile also perhaps have the best goalkeeper of the tournament in Claudio Bravo. A host of clubs were looking to snap him up after an excellent display in the 2014 World Cup, but Barcelona eventually got his signature. He will once again be key, if Chile are to defend their title.