Copa America 2021 has finally brought us the exciting Group A opener between Argentina and Chile, who split the points after an eventful 90 minutes at Estadio Olímpico Nilson Santos in Río de Janeiro. Lionel Messi netted a breathtaking set-piece goal in the first half but his side failed to hold onto its lead. Check out the highlights and goals here.
Messi's fantastic free-kick goal seemed to be firing Argentina to a strong start in the Copa America 2021, but his side didn't capitalize on its chances and dropped two points. Eduardo Vargas put the equalizer for La Roja by seizing a loose ball on the box after Emiliano Martínez's save to Arturo Vidal's penalty shot.
Argentina vs Chile: Match Preview
Argentina and Chile start their journey in the Copa America 2021 today June 14, 2021 at the Olímpico Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro. These two national teams faced each other almost two weeks ago in a match for the CONMEBOL South America World Cup qualifiers 2022, in which they tied 1-1. Both teams want a positive result in their debut. Find out here everything there’s to know about the match such as predictions, odds and how to watch the game in the US.
La Albiceleste, with Lionel Messi on the pitch, will try to have another chance to lift the continental trophy after reaching two finals in the last decade. As usual, they are one of the strongest candidates but they won’t have it easy.
Precisely, Chile was the rival who won over Argentina in the finals of 2015 and 2016. Maybe La Roja isn’t as intimidating as it was five years ago, but they still are a solid team and they can go far in the tournament.
Argentina vs Chile: Match Information
Date: Monday, June 14, 2021.
Time: 5:00 PM (ET).
Location: Olímpico Nilton Santos, Rio de Janeiro.
Argentina vs Chile: Time by State in the US
ET: 5:00 PM
CT: 6:00 PM
MT: 4:00 PM
PT: 3:00 PM
Argentina vs Chile: Storylines
Argentina and Chile have faced each other 28 times in the Copa America. La Roja has never won against Argentina in the 90 minutes of play. La Albiceleste has 20 victories over Chile and 8 draws.
The last time they clashed in this tournament was in the previous edition for the Third-Place match. Argentina won 2-1 the dramatic encounter, in which both Lionel Messi and Gary Medel received a red card for fighting.
But, of course, their most recent game was at the Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers. The match ended up in a 1-1 draw. Messi scored first from the penalty spot and then Alexis Sánchez, who is not available for this match, completed the score.
How to watch or live stream Argentina vs Chile in the US
The game between Argentina and Chile, to be played this Monday June 14, 2021, will be broadcasted in the US by Univision NOW, TUDN App, Foxsports.com, Fox Sports 1, Univision, TUDN USA, FOX Sports App, TUDN.com, FOX Deportes.
Argentina vs Chile: Odds and predictions
Oddsmakers have already done their predictions for this match. According to FanDuel, Argentina is the strong favorite with odds of -170, while Chile has +460. A tie would end up in a +260 payout.
*Odds by FanDuel