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Copa America: The Clash of the Titans and the Two Underdogs

Copa America Brazil vs Argentina

Copa America would experience the match of the demigods. These demigods would clash at the semifinal stage. The clash would be between the Titans of Copa America, Brazil up against Argentina.

Brazil and Argentina have been known to be one of the best football nations in the world. The drums are beating and electrifying tension is passing through the veins of their fans. Brazil is set to put the past defeat at the 2014 world cup in the semifinal against Germany behind them. It was a great blow which they suffered. They would also need to put behind them the lost at the last edition of the Copa America.

Argentina would need to heal the wounds of their many defeat suffered at the last three editions of the Copa America, of which they came close twice, losing the finals. Both teams have not been in their best form in this edition of Copa America but have had the job done so far.

The history of both teams from ESPN:

They have met 105 times. Brazil has won 41 times while Argentina has 38. They have both managed 26 draws. But in all competitive meetings aside friendlies, Argentina has edged over Brazil with 18 to 17. These giants or demigods whenever they clash have always produce tensions and passions blasting like a volcano.

Most of their encounters have never been a fair play, from the pitch invasions of 1925 to Brazil walking off at 1937 encounter, to Argentina walking off and Brazil scoring the winning penalty into an empty goal in 1939, to police invading the pitch to stop the teams fighting (1946), to the “Battle of Rosario” of 1978, to Maradona’s horror tackle and red card at the World Cup (1982), to Maradona’s genius right-footed pass for Claudio Caniggia and subsequent “holy water” controversy of 1990, to five players getting sent off in the Copa America of 1991, to Tulio’s “hand of the devil” goal of 1995, this rivalry has had plenty of controversies.

The last time they squared off in the Copa America was back in 2007 final. Twelve years later, two of the protagonists are still around: Dani Alves, who came on and scored in a 3-0 Brazil win, and Messi, who had just turned 20 at the time.

A lot of bookmarkers are expecting the match to be exciting. Both teams are expected to play with passions and desire to outsmart the other. But nevertheless, it is believed that the historical conflict their meetings do create won’t be perceived because most of the players involved are teammates at club level. Not just teammates but best friends and it would be hard to see passions and frustrations turn into physical violence. But in football whenever a trophy is involved David and Jonathan could go to war against each other.

The world would sit on a tension shock absorber seat and watch the electrifying aura of the Clash of the Titans

On the other hand, two underdogs would do battle on Wednesday. And the Clash of the Titan has swallowed up the stage of their match build up. Nevertheless, the world would be waiting to see any of these underdogs upset and strip trophy-less this edition one of the Giants.

Chile would be a kernel nut to crack. Twice they have upset Argentina of which on one occasion they defeated them in the finals.

Brazil vs Argentina                 Tuesday 1:30 am

Chile vs Peru                           Wednesday 1:30 am

Copa America would keep football lovers glued to their seat. We await the surprises that the rest of the tournament has to offer.

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Hilda Dendubaje Iliyas (Born March 29, 1995), is a Lagos based O.A.P, blogger, writer, and Model. She is originally from Mubi in Mubi South local government area of Adamawa state. She acquired her B. A at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State and currently works at Fliptv, Ogba, Lagos.
She is also a lover of kids and good food

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