Sergio Aguero insisted that Argentina do not feel under special pressure as the prospect of ending the country’s 22-year wait for a major title loomed over Saturday’s Copa America final against Chile. Argentina have not won a senior tournament since victory in the 1993 Copa America, suffering a two-decade tale of disappointment that reached its climax with defeat in the World Cup final in Brazil last year. Twelve months after that agonizing loss to Germany in Rio, Argentina are back in another final in Santiago against hosts Chile. Aguero, who earlier in the tournament said Argentina’s current ‘golden generation’ would never forgive themselves if they failed to win a title, said Friday the team was relaxed about their latest tilt at glory. “It’s true that for many years we have not won anything,” Aguero told a press conference. “But we have many players with experience of winning titles, so the pressure is not a problem. We have a great opportunity […]

FC Barcelona super star Lionel Messi heads a star-studded Argentina desperate to write their own piece of history by winning a first international title since 1993, 12 months after an agonizing defeat to Germany in last year’s World Cup final. Chile, meanwhile, are anxious to finally shed their unwanted tag as the perennial nearly men of South American football, ending 99 years of hurt by winning a first Copa America. An Argentine triumph would crown a remarkable season for Messi, who less than a month ago completed a treble-winning campaign with Barcelona with victory in the Champions League final. It would also erase the sense of frustration Messi has often felt at international level, 10 years after he led Argentina to victory as a teenager in the 2005 Under-20 World Cup. “This generation is desperate to win a title with the national team,” Messi told reporters on the eve of the Copa America. “As a team, we deserve to win […]

The Copa America final between Argentina and hosts Chile could turn upon a showdown between Lionel Messi’s brilliance and the combative Gary Medel, whose ‘Pitbull’ nickname perfectly sums up his style. The well-travelled defensive midfielder Medel will have the near-impossible job of controlling FC Barcelona star Messi ‘The Flea’ in Saturday’s clash between two teams, arch-rivals who are each desperate for Copa success. . The FC Barcelona star danced around Paraguay’s defenders as Argentina fired six goals past them in the semi-final this week. Medel provoked jitters for his side when he scored an own goal that put Peru level before Chile secured a 2-1 win to reach the final. Argentina captain Messi has now gone more than 900 minutes without scoring a goal from open play in an international game. But he has remained a world class threat who had a hand in virtually all of Argentina’s goals against Paraguay. “Hopefully I can score in the final, but it […]

Paraguay coach Ramon Diaz says Chile have “no chance” if Lionel Messi and his Argentina team mates are at their best in Saturday’s Copa America final. Lionel Messi produced a scintillating individual performance as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 in the semi final of the Copa America on Tuesday. The FC Barcelona man tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display so far of the Copa America and advanced to a showdown with Chile in Saturdaya s final. Although Messi failed to end his run of more than 900 minutes without an international goal from open play, he turned creator with three assists and had further hand in two other goals. Goals from Angel Di Maria (2), Marcos Rojo, Javier Pastore, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain completed an emphatic rout for the South American giants. The Paraguay coach Ramon Diaz claims that hosts Chile will be in for a tough night if Argentina reproduce their best form in the […]

Veteran Chile Goalkeeper And Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona compatriot Claudio Bravo has come out and said that Chile can stop the Argentina magician only through collective work as a team in Saturday’s Copa America final. Lionel Messi produced a scintillating individual performance as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 in the semi final of the Copa America on Tuesday. The FC Barcelona man tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display so far of the Copa America and advanced to a showdown with Chile in Saturdaya s final. Although Messi failed to end his run of more than 900 minutes without an international goal from open play, he turned creator with three assists and had further hand in two other goals. Goals from Angel Di Maria (2), Marcos Rojo, Javier Pastore, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain completed an emphatic rout for the South American giants. And with the Saturday’s final looming, Chile captain and ‘keeper Claudio Bravo who has first […]

. Lionel Messi produced a scintillating individual performance as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 to reach the final of the Copa America here Tuesday. The FC Barcelona superstar tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display of the tournament and advanced to a showdown with Chile in Saturday’s final. Although Messi failed to end his run of more than 900 minutes without an international goal from open play, he turned creator as Argentina tore Paraguay apart. Goals from Angel Di Maria (2), Marcos Rojo, Javier Pastore, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain completed an emphatic rout for the South American giants. A satisfied Messi was delighted Argentina’s potent collection of attacking talent finally appears to have clicked with Saturday’s final looming. “We’ve been playing well — we knew once we scored one goal, many more would come, and that’s what happened,” said Messi as he collected his man-of-the-match award. “We got an early goal and then found more space, and […]