When Argentina takes on Colombia in the second semifinal on Tuesday night, a position in the Copa America final versus Brazil is on the line.
Brazilians seldom support Argentina in international football, but when his side overcame Chile 1-0 in the semifinals on Monday, Neymar made an exception.
“I’m rooting for Argentina,” the Paris Saint-Germain forward told ESPN. “I have friends there, and Brazil will win the final.”
If the idea of Brazil, the host and defending champions, meeting Argentina in the final entices Neymar and the neutrals, it also gives the Albiceleste an extra reason to reach their first Copa America final in five years.
In terms of ending Argentina and Lionel Messi’s 28-year drought for a major title, defeating Brazil on its home grounds is perhaps as near to a fantasy scenario as it gets.
After Argentina’s disastrous 2018 World Cup campaign, the Barcelona star retired from international soccer, but returned to play for his country and is currently two victories away from being the first Argentina captain to raise a trophy in the national team’s colours since Oscar Ruggeri in 1993.
Argentina made easy work of Ecuador in the semifinals, strolling to a comfortable 3-0 win with Messi scoring his fourth goal of the tournament after leading Group A with ten points, scoring seven goals and allowing just two.
Colombia, on the other hand, struggled in the group stages, finishing third with four points before defeating Uruguay 4-2 in a penalty shootout after the game finished scoreless after 120 minutes.
There are numerous reasons for Argentina not to dismiss Los Cafeteros, who are seeking for their first Copa America final participation since 2001 and only their third overall.
Colombia beat Argentina 2-0 in the Copa America group stages two years ago, while the Albiceleste were beaten to a 0-0 stalemate in a World Cup qualifier just before the Copa America began.
More notably, Colombia had a 70-minute lead against Brazil in their group stage match before falling 2-1.
When is Argentina vs. Colombia?
Argentina takes on Colombia at the Estádio Nacional de Brasília in Brasilia on Tuesday, July 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
How to watch Argentina vs. Colombia on TV and online
The game will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, with Spanish commentary available on Univision and TUDN.
The game will be streamed live on FOX Sports, Univision, and TUDN’s digital platforms, as well as on fuboTV, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, and Vidgo’s streaming services.
Argentina vs. Colombia odds
With William Hill and DraftKings, Argentina is an 8-11 favourite to win in 90 minutes, while Peru is a 9-2 underdog.
Neymar is an 11-4 favourite to score first, while William Hill has the “no” at 8-13 and the “yes” at 6-5 on both teams scoring.
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