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Argentina v Chile Live Commentary, 15/06/2021

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1 - 1
ARG
CHI
L. Messi (33)
E. Vargas (57)
Estádio Nilton Santos

Commentary

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Both nations play their second group game later in the week. Argentina face Uruguay while Chile take on Bolivia.
The opening match of Group A finishes all square as Argentina and Chile play out a 1-1 draw in Rio de Janeiro. Lionel Messi's wonderful free-kick gave La Albiceleste a half-time lead, but Eduardo Vargas levelled after the break to ensure a share of the spoils.
90' + 10' FULL-TIME: ARGENTINA 1-1 CHILE
90' + 9' Nothing comes of the free-kick, but Argentina continue to press and force a corner. However, Chile stand firm and clear the danger.
90' + 7' Last chance for Argentina. They have a free-kick on the right, which Messi is stood over.
90' + 5' Argentina are 14-time winners of the Copa America; a tally only bettered by Uruguay. However, you must go back to 1993 for their most recent triumph. Runners-up in four of the last six editions, they will be desperate to end their drought in 2021.
P. Galdames
J. Meneses
Chile
90' + 3' Meneses is given a well-earned rest as Pablo Galdames comes on to take his place.
90' + 1' GOOD CLEARANCE! As we enter the first of seven additional minute, Messi gets his head on a ball into the box. Bravo is slow to react but, thankfully for him, Roco is there to clear just in time.
89' Less than 60 seconds of regulation time remaining. Argentina are applying the pressure as the clock ticks down.
87' This stadium has also hosted several musical concerts with notable artists to perform here including Justin Bieber. But is it too late now for either side to find a winner?
N. Molina
G. Montiel
Argentina
85' A change for Argentina also. Nahuel Molina replaces Montiel.
T. Alarcón
A. Vidal
Chile
85' Vidal also makes way to be replaced by Tomas Alarcon.
E. Roco
G. Medel
Chile
84' Another double-change for Chile. The first sees Enzo Roco replace Medel.
82' Home to Brazilian side Botafogo, Estadio Nilton Santos is named after the former wing-back, who was twice a World Cup winner with the Samba Boys in 1958 and 1962.
S. Agüero
L. Martínez
Argentina
80' Lautaro Martinez is also withdrawn by Argentina. He is replaced by a certain Sergio Aguero.
J. Correa
N. González
Argentina
80' Gonzalez goes off to be replaced by Joaquin Correa.
80' CHANCE! Gonzalez must score! Trademark Messi as he cuts inside onto his left foot, before clipping an inviting ball into the box. An unmarked Gonzalez drifts in to meet it, but is unable to keep his header down.
79' This is a first senior international cap for English-born Brereton. A European Championship winner with the Three Lions at youth level, he qualifies for Chile as it is the country of his mother's birth.
C. Pinares
E. Vargas
Chile
77' Cesar Pinares is also introduced with Vargas making way.
B. Brereton
C. Palacios
Chile
77' A double-change for Chile. The first sees Carlos Palacios replaced by Ben Brereton.
75' Still 1-1 as we enter the final quarter of an hour in Rio de Janeiro. Can either side find a winner or are we destined for a stalemate?
73' Will this be the year that Messi finally lands his first major silverware with Argentina? They certainly have the firepower up front to challenge with the likes of him, Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero.
71' Good effort! Well-found on the edge of the box, Messi takes a touch before drilling a low shot towards goal. However, Bravo gets down well to push it away.
70' Di Maria comes on for his 106th international cap. That moves him joint-fifth on Argentina's all-time list, level with Diego Simeone.
E. Palacios
L. Paredes
Argentina
68' Meanwhile, Exequiel Palacios also enters the fray in favour of Paredes.
Á. Di María
G. Lo Celso
Argentina
67' A double-change for Argentina. The first sees Angel Di Maria replace Lo Celso.
65' It is worth noting that that was Vargas' first international goal in nearly two years. The striker last scored for his country in a 4-0 win over Japan on June 18, 2019.
63' Chile have their tails up and go in search of a second goal. Meneses does well to pick out Vidal with his cross, but the latter's header is straight at Emiliano Martinez.
L. Martínez
Yellow Card
Argentina
62' Lautaro Martinez goes into the book for a rash challenge in the centre of the field.
59' Chile are level courtesy of Vargas' 39th international goal, which moves him ahead of the great Marcelo Salas on the all-time list and to within seven of Sanchez's record.
E. Martínez
Penalty Save
Argentina
57' Emiliano Martinez guessed correctly and showed brilliant reflexes as he tipped Vidal's penalty onto the crossbar. But he was powerless as Vargas nodded in the rebound.
A. Vidal
Penalty Miss
Chile
57' Having scored his previous five penalties, Vidal was brilliantly denied by Emiliano Martinez.
E. Vargas
Goal
Chile
57' VARGAS!!! 1-1! Emiliano Martinez did brilliantly to deny Vidal from the penalty spot, but Vargas was quickly on the scene to head home the rebound.
56' PENALTY TO CHILE! Following a consultation with his pitchside monitor, the referee points to the spot. Replays suggest it was the correct decision.
54' PENALTY? Vidal followed up that Vargas effort and appeared to be caught late by Tagliafico in the box. We're going to VAR...
53' GREAT SAVE! Great awareness by Pulgar, who produces a neat through ball to find the run of Vargas. But Emiliano Martinez is quickly out of goal to deny the striker.
52' An untimely slip from Medel enables Lautaro Martinez to advance into the Chile penalty area. He cuts the ball back for Messi, whose shot is blocked by Maripan.
50' La Roja have made a purposeful start to this second half; enjoying plenty of possession and drawing fouls out of Argentina. Can they capitalise while in the ascendancy?
48' Chile have reached at least the quarter-finals in each of the last five editions of the Copa America. Of course, they must achieve that this year without the quality of Sanchez, whose absence has been evident so far.
46' Chile get the ball rolling once again at Estadio Nilton Santos.
Argentina have had the better chances of the two sides, but Chile have still looked threatening going forward. Although, La Roja must look to be more clinical with any opportunities that fall their way following the resumption of the contest.
Lionel Messi's magnificent free-kick separates the sides at half-time, with Argentina leading Chile by a goal to nil. La Albiceleste will look to press home their advantage after the break.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: ARGENTINA 1-0 CHILE
45' + 1' We are into the first of three additional minutes at the end of this first half.
44' As stubborn opposition as they may be, Chile have struggled defensively in recent times. In fact, they have now kept just one clean sheet in their last seven games.
42' Messi has endured mixed fortunes against Chile in the Copa America. That free-kick was certainly amongst his better memories, but he did miss a penalty in the 2016 final shootout defeat. He was also sent off in the third-place play-off two years ago.
40' The momentum has definitely swung in Argentina's favour since the goal. Scaloni's side are very much in command of proceedings and looking like adding to their lead.
38' CHANCE! Lautaro Martinez should score. The Internazionale forward is unmarked to receive a square ball across the area, but can only drag his shot wide of the target.
37' Messi's goal was his 73rd for Argentina, and 39th in competitive matches. The latter statistic is a record-breaker that sees him surpass Gabriel Batistuta.
A. Vidal
Yellow Card
Chile
35' A strong challenge by Vidal on Otamendi results in the Chile midfielder having his name taken.
L. Messi
Goal
Argentina
33' MESSI!!! 1-0 ARGENTINA! Who else?! Messi gives La Albiceleste the lead as he whips a wonderful free-kick into the top corner; leaving Bravo clutching at thin air. The deadlock is broken at Estadio Nilton Santos.
E. Pulgar
Yellow Card
Chile
32' Pulgar is booked for a foul on Lo Celso, who had embarked on a driving run into the heart of the Argentina defence.
L. Martínez
Yellow Card
Argentina
30' Lucas Martínez Quarta goes into the book for a rash challenge in the centre of the field.
29' Chile are unbeaten so far under Lasarte; winning one and drawing two of his three matches in charge. La Roja have only tasted defeat once in their last six games.
27' Meneses does well to work space for a shot on the left-hand side of the penalty area. But he can only drag his effort wide of the far post.
M. Isla
Yellow Card
Chile
25' Isla picks up the first yellow card of the game for a rash challenge on Gonzalez.
24' It is almost two years since Argentina last tasted defeat. That came against Brazil in the semi-finals of the 2019 Copa America. They are unbeaten in 13 matches since; winning seven.
22' Still goalless as we approach the midway point in the first half. Argentina have had the better chances, but both teams remain in search of the breakthrough.
20' Gonzalez should have done better, but those were smart reflexes from Bravo on the day he earns his 130th cap for Chile. Only Alexis Sanchez and Medel boast more international appearances for La Roja.
18' CHANCE! Three opportunities in as many minutes for Gonzalez, who should be on the scoresheet by now at the very least. His run is well picked out by Lo Celso, but he can only shoot straight at Bravo from point-blank range.
17' Gonzalez there again as he climbs well to meet a corner. However, he is unable to direct his header towards goal.
16' GOOD SAVE! Argentina back on the attack at the other end. A clever flick from Lo Celso presents an opportunity for Gonzalez to strike. There is plenty of ferocity in his low shot, but Bravo gets down well to push it away.
14' Good defending! Following a good spell of Argentina pressure, Chile look to catch them out on the counter. Meneses looks to find Palacios at the far post, but Otamendi demonstrates wonderful anticipation and awareness to cut out the attempted pass.
12' CHANCE! Lo Celso demonstrates great vision with a delicious ball towards the far post, where Lautaro Martinez is storming in. But under pressure from the defender, he is unable to provide the vital touch.
10' Today marks Messi's 145th appearance for Argentina. He is now just three away from breaking his country's all-time record, which is currently held by Javier Mascherano.
8' First chance for Messi as Tagliafico cushions a diagonal ball neatly into his path. However, his left-footed volley from a tight angle goes well wide of the far post.
7' With the top four nations in each group qualifying for the quarter-finals of this event, you would expect these two to be well in contention. Although, neither will want to lose early ground here and be forced to play catch-up.
5' Chile continue their early pressure and Vargas chases a long ball over the top of the defence. However, Emiliano Martinez is quickly out of goal to deny the striker a clear sight.
3' A bright start from Chile culminates in them earning a free-kick in a good position. Aranguiz swings the ball into the box, but Otamendi clears the danger at the second attempt.
1' The referee blows his whistle and Argentina get the match underway.
The teams are out and will now observe the national anthems prior to kick-off.
It is the fourth consecutive Copa America in which these two nations lock horns. Chile famously prevailed on penalties in the final of the 2015 and 2016 editions, but Argentina won when they faced off in the third-place play-off two years ago.
It is also Chile's first tournament under the stewardship of recently appointed Martin Lasarte. For the group stage at least, he will have to make do without talisman Alexis Sanchez, who has been ruled out with a foot injury. Internacional striker Carlos Palacios leads the line in his absence with support from Jean Meneses and veteran Eduardo Vargas. It is a highly experienced starting line-up that also features four of the country's five most-capped players in Claudio Bravo, Gary Medel, Mauricio Isla and Arturo Vidal.
Lionel Scaloni leads Argentina into a major tournament for the first time since replacing Jorge Sampaoli after the 2018 World Cup. As ever, the former assistant can call upon the irrepressible Lionel Messi, who will hope this is the year he finally lands his first senior international honour. Messi receives support from Lautaro Martinez and Nicolas Gonzalez, while Nicolas Otamendi anchors the defence and Emiliano Martinez wins just his third cap in goal.
SUBS: Gabriel Arias, Marcelino Nunez, Tomas Alarcon, Sebastian Vegas, Felipe Mora, Ben Brereton, Enzo Roco, Claudio Baeza, Clemente Montes, Cesar Pinares, Pablo Galdames, Gabriel Castellon.
CHILE (4-3-3): Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripan, Eugenio Mena; Arturo Vidal, Erick Pulgar, Charles Aranguiz; Jean Meneses, Carlos Palacios, Eduardo Vargas.
SUBS: Franco Armani, Guido Rodriguez, Joaquin Correa, Sergio Aguero, Exequiel Palacios, Angel Di Maria, Marcos Acuna, Lisandro Martinez, Nahuel Molina, German Pezzella, Angel Correa, Agustin Marchesin.
ARGENTINA (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Nicolas Gonzalez.
Both nations will be aiming to make the perfect start in what is the opening match of Group A. Of course, these sides have contested two of the last three finals, with Chile prevailing on both occasions.
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