With the added value of the return of Messi, Argentina paints as clear favorite to seal their place in the next phase of the America's Cup to a Panama motivated but aware of their possibilities
Argentina, with Lionel Messi's return overcome some physical problems, seek to seal qualification for the quarterfinals of the Copa America Centennial before the selection of Panama, on the rise for the win against Bolivia.
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In the imposing Soldier Field in Chicago, 'La Albiceleste' will seek to solve the pass to the next round to first, on paper, achieve a more benign cross in the quarters.
Argentina won on his debut in the tournament on Monday in Santa Clara (California), where defeated reigning champion Chile 2-1, then without Messi and with goals from Angel di Maria and Éver Banega.
Panama, which shares the lead in Group D with the same three points than Argentines, have a historical opportunity to reach quarters in its first participation in the America's Cup, which this year celebrates a Special Edition with more selections.
Argentina, the number one in the world, according to the FIFA rankings, should repeat the eleven in Chile with the novelty of Messi, who supplemented the left-handed end Nico Gaitán, as in the prior to the shock News Conference confirmed coach Gerardo 'tata' Martino.
"Since yesterday, Messi trained with the Group and has done so without any pain, we do not see any reason so you don't play," he said.
Along with Messi, it will align to Gonzalo Higuaín, which sit on Sergio Agüero, and holders will also be Angel di Maria and Javier Mascherano.
Di Maria, next to Éver Banega, was outstanding in the win figure to Chile, with a goal and assistance.
Lucas Biglia is only confirmed by physical problems down, although Javier 'El Flaco' Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi are lame of recent injuries.
Opposite, Panama, 56 in the FIFA rankings, awaits an opponent he ever faced in official competitions (the only record is a 3-1 to Argentina in a friendly in 2009) with moral injection which saw them winning to Bolivia in Orlando 2-1.
In that game, won with two goals from striker Blas Pérez, Central Americans along with the central Felipe Baloy most illustrious player.
Panama coach, Colombian Hernan Dario Gomez "bolillo", does not fear the return of Messi, but recognized that if 'The flea' is "inspired" Panama will not have "nothing to do".
"One develops a tactical job and has a team, but individuals in the current soccer world go above. "Messi is a man who is above all the world", analyzed the Colombian former. surprise.