Copa America draw sets stage for Argentina to seek redemption against Chile

Posted : 08 December 2023

 The tournament, expanded to 16 teams, will be held in the United States, with Argentina commencing their title defense against either Canada or Trinidad & Tobago on June 20 in Atlanta.

 

 

Lionel Messi and Argentina are set to face Chile in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals rematch after being grouped together in the draw for the upcoming tournament. The reigning Copa America champions will defend their title in the United States in a 16-team competition, featuring 10 South American teams and six qualifiers from the CONCACAF region.

 

Argentina will commence their campaign on June 20 in Atlanta against either Canada or Trinidad & Tobago, determined through a playoff. Subsequently, they will clash with Chile in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on June 25, revisiting the venue of the 2016 Copa America Centenario final.

 

The 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals saw Argentina face heartbreaking defeats to Chile, with the latter secured in a penalty shootout. Lionel Messi, the Argentine captain, famously missed a penalty kick in the 2016 final.

 

The world champions will conclude their Group A fixtures in familiar surroundings as they take on Peru in Miami on June 29, a location associated with Inter Miami, the team co-owned by Messi. In other groups, Mexico finds itself in Group B alongside Ecuador, Venezuela, and Jamaica, while the United States is pitted against Uruguay, Panama, and Bolivia in Group C.

 

Brazil, the five-time world champions, face a potentially challenging group with Colombia, Paraguay, and either Costa Rica or Honduras. The 2023 Copa America is viewed as a crucial preparation and test run for the 2026 World Cup, set to take place in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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