Argentina 0-2 2
Chile 0-0 0
Argentina cruised through their opening match at Copa America Centenario, disposing 2015 champions Chile 2-1 at Levi’s Stadium.
La Albiceleste were without Messi in the lineup, as the Barcelona star is recovering from a back injury. Gerardo Martino’s squad started slow, albeit hitting the crossbar in the first few minutes.
After getting over the poor turnovers that marred the first half, Argentina’s execution improved after halftime. Angel Di Maria scored easily after a Chile turnover in the first minutes of the second half, and Argentina controlled from there. Banega put the game away for good minutes later, as Argentina repeat the result from when these teams met back in March.
Argentina take the Group D lead with three points, but Chile are not out. With Panama and Bolivia forming the rest of the group, Chile will have ample opportunity to climb into the second position in the group.
Both teams return to action on June 10th, when Chile meets Bolivia and Argentina take on Panama.
Chile Get a Late Consolation Goal
Fuenzalida gets one back for Chile in extra time. Not going to change the outcome, but something for Chile to build on in their next two matches.
Banega Doubles the Lead For Argentina
Argentina continue to prove why they’re the world’s top-ranked team. The offense comes from everywhere. This time Ever Banega rips a shot on goal, only for it to take a deflection and sneak past Bravo for the second goal.
Di Maria Breaks the Silence With an Easy Finish
Argentina got on the board early in the second half with this classy finish from Di Maria. Chile pay for their careless turnover, and now they lead early in the second half.
Romero Denied Alexis Sanchez at 30 Minutes
Chile’s best chance of the first half came in the 30th minutes, as La Roja looked to take advantage of Argentina’s turnover. Sanchez took a good shot in space, but Romero was in great position to push the ball wide.
Four minutes later Alexis had another chance, this time a free kick, but again he was denied by Romero.
Argentina Waste No Time on the Offensive
No Messi, no problem. Nicolas Gaitan, filling in for the injured Messi, hit the crossbar just two minutes into the match.