Argentina vs. Colombia
July 6, 2021 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +150, Under 2.5 -188
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Argentina and Colombia are clashing at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in the Semifinals of the Copa America 2021. Argentina is playing outstanding soccer lately, they are still undefeated in this tournament, and they have destroyed Ecuador in the Quarterfinals. After advancing through the group stage with only 4 points, Colombia has faced Uruguay in the Quarterfinals, and they have won that game after a penalty shootout.
Argentina is on a 4-game winning streak during which they scored 9 goals while conceding only 1 goal, and they looked really well against Ecuador. Argentina has had 47% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 6 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. With a goal late in the first half, and 2 more scored goals in the second half, one of which was from a free-kick from Messi, Argentina has won this game 3-0. Messi has also added 2 assists in this game. Messi has scored 4 goals for Argentina so far in this tournament, and he is the leading goalscorer, but even more impressive is that Messi has quite a few assists as well. Gomez and Martinez have each added 2 goals. Argentina was always a great offensive team, especially with Messi in the lineup, but they are also playing great defense in this tournament, and I think that might be crucial if they want to win. With Messi in great form, Argentina is automatically the biggest favorite, and I think they will justify that.
Colombia hasn’t been playing well at all in this tournament, and they got really lucky to get in the semifinals of this tournament. Colombia has scored only 3 goals so far in this tournament while conceding 4 goals, but their defense was outstanding against Uruguay a few days ago. In that game, Colombia has had 51% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 8 shots inside the box, and 82% of the correct passes. Neither team was willing to take a risk and attack in this game, and the regular time ended in a 0-0 draw. after that, this game proceeded to the penalty shootout, and Colombia was better. Not only Colombia has scored 4 penalty shots, but David Ospina has also saved 2 penalty shots from Uruguay, and Colombia has won this game. Diaz, Cardona, and Boraj have each scored 1 goal for Colombia in this tournament. Colombia is doing well defensively, but in this game, they will need a lot more, and I’m not sure they can give more.
These two teams played a month ago, and that game ended in a 2-2 draw, but Argentina has improved a lot since then, and they are the favorites here. As I’ve mentioned earlier, Messi is in great form, and he will be the crucial factor in this game. I’m taking Argentina and goals in this one, and I think we will see a few.