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Argentina, Brazil have date with destiny at Copa America final

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Rio de Janeiro, July 10 (MNN) Banking on their big star players Argentina and Brasil have a date with destiny when they clash in the final to decide the 2021 CONMEBOL Copa América champion.

The epic duel slated to be held at the world famous Maracaná will see Lionel Messi and Neymar — two of the greatest players on the planet – pitted against each other.

The game will kick off at 9 pm on Saturday (local time, 00.00 am GMT, 5.30 am IST Sunday) with fans around the world tuning in for this dream final.

Old friends and this weekend fierce rivals. The classy, inventive, elegant attacking pair have been at their very best during this year’s Copa America for their respective sides.

In the quarterfinal, la Albiceleste won 3-0 against Ecuador before narrowly getting past Colombia in the semifinal. A motivated, inspiration Messi has been the star alongside the likes of Lautaro Martínez, Rodrigo de Paul and their new hero, goalkeeper Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martinez.

As for Brazil, Neymar and Lucas Paquetá have liked well in attack ahead of a very organized, strong defensive unit that has taken them to the final.

Paquetá scored the goals in Brazil’s 1-0 wins against Chile and Peru on their knockout stage run to the final.

The managers are also enjoying an impressive run of results with both unbeaten since 2019.

The last Brazilian defeat came against Argentina in a November friendly, the last Argentine defeat came against Brazil in the Copa America.

On Sunday this incredible unbeaten run will end for one of the two sides.

All these ingredients make for what should be one of the great finals in the history of the CONMEBOL Copa América.

Just for the record, Brazil and Argentina will meet for the 34th time at Copa America. Brazil has won 10 games, Argentina 15 whereas the rest finished level. This is the eighth time they have played in Brazil and the hosts have never lost.

Argentina has lost the last 6 finals they have played at senior level (Copa America 2004, 2007, 2015, 2016, Confedrations Cup 2005 and the World Cup 2014). Three of these defeats were against Brazil (Copa America 2004, 2007 and Confederations Cup 2005).

Brazil are unbeaten in 6 games against Argentina in the CONMEBOL Copa América (3 wins, 3 draws). Their last defeat came in 1993 (3-2).

Brazil are also unbeaten against Argentina in 7 games in all competitions (5 wins, 2 draws).

Argentina has won only 1 of their last 19 visits to Brazil (4 draws, 14 losses). Their only win was a friendly at the Maracaná in 1998.

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