Chile will face an opportunity for redemption in Copa America 2021. La Roja went through difficult times after a poor start to the World Cup Qualifiers and coach Reinaldo Rueda stepped away to his duties. With Martín Lasarte on the bench, they hope to get back on track.
The upcoming South American contest could be a great chance for them to keep seeking improvement. However, they will also want to push for a deep run despite their current situation. Not long ago, in 2015 and 2016, Chile proved their strength with back-to-back titles.
With stars like Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sánchez, Erick Pulgar, and Charles Aránguiz, La Roja are ready to begin their continental journey. Check out the date, time, and stadium for Chile's first game in Copa America 2021.
When will Chile's first game in the Copa America 2021 be played?
Chile will make their Copa America 2021 debut against Argentina in an exciting matchup to kick off Group A. These two have met a lot in the past years, even facing off in the two finals which saw La Roja lifting their first major trophies.
Since Marcelo Bielsa changed the team's fortunes in 2007, Chile have become a tough rival for La Albiceleste, and they beat them in two consecutive finals on penalties. Their last Copa America duel, however, saw Lionel Scaloni's side claiming the win to finish in the third-place of Copa America Brazil 2019.
Where will Chile play their first match of Copa America 2021?
In the first Group A affair, Chile and Argentina will square off at Estadio Olímpico Nilson Santos in Río de Janeiro. Even though they were expected to meet in Buenos Aires, the tournament has been relocated to Brazil once again.
Botafogo's ground is one of the greatest stadiums in Brazil's capital city with a capacity of 46,931 spectators. It was built in 2007 to host the Pan American games and in 2016 it has been home to the Summer Olympics and the Paralympics.
At what time will Chile make their Copa America 2021 debut?
Chile will clash with Argentina on Monday, June 14, at 5:00 PM (ET). Just days before this game, these two sides met in the resumption of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification. This will be the game's kickoff time by State in the US:
ET: 5:00 PM
CT: 4:00 PM
MT: 3:00 PM
PT: 2:00 PM