COPA America Semifinals: Argentina will take on Colombia in the second semi-final of the ongoing Copa America 2021 with a place in the final against Brazil up for grabs. The game is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 AM IST on Wednesday, July 7 at the Estádio Nacional de Brasília. Ahead of what promises to be an exhilarating contest, the match is set to be dominated by top players like Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Yerry Mina amongst others.
InsideSport takes a look at five players who could make a mark on the outcome of the game.
COPA America Semifinals: From Lionel Messi to Lautaro martinez, Top 5 players to watch out from Argentina vs Colombia clash
COPA America Semifinals Argentina vs Colombia – Lionel Messi (Argentina): The Argentine captain is the leading goalscorer and the top assist maker in the competition so far, and La Albiceleste will pin their hopes on the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to get them through to the final. Lionel Messi has suffered numerous heartbreaks over the years in international football and the Copa America 2021 presents another opportunity for the talisman to win a major international honour with Argentina. The 34-year-old has been unstoppable throughout the tournament and will hope to continue his good run into the last four tie against Colombia.
COPA America Semifinals Argentina vs Colombia – Miguel Borja (Colombia): Colombia’s run to the semi-final has not been pretty but has certainly been effective after they edged out Uruguay to clinch a last-four berth. Despite having the likes of Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel in attack, it has been Miguel Borja who has stepped up and has been their best forward in the tournament. Borja has recorded a goal and an assist in this tournament and will be keen to add to his tally this week against Argentina.
COPA America Semifinals Argentina vs Colombia – Rodrigo De Paul (Argentina): Rodrigo De Paul has seen his stock rise considerably over the last year and the Udinese man is on the cusp of completing a move to LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid. The 27-year-old got on the scoresheet against Ecuador in the quarter-finals and has been in sublime form throughout the competition. De Paul is expected to make his mark again, having linked up well with Messi and striker Lautaro Martinez.
COPA America Semifinals Argentina vs Colombia – Yerry Mina (Colombia): Yerry Mina has been a staple for Colombia in defence and the Everton defender will have a task at hand deadline with the threats of Argentina’s all-action forward line. Mina will hope to call upon his experience of playing top-level football in Spain and England to deal with the threats. Mina and Messi were teammates at Barcelona during the former’s season-long stay at Camp Nou and will look to neutralise the threats posed by the Argentina skipper.
COPA America Semifinals Argentina vs Colombia – Lautaro Martinez (Argentina): Lautaro Martinez has scored twice already in this tournament, including his goal against Ecuador to help Argentina reach the semi-final. Lautaro Martinez, the Inter Milan star is a perfect foil for Lionel Messi in attack and is likely to limit Sergio Aguero to the bench once again on Wednesday.