On Saturday, the Maracana will host the Copa America 2021 final, which will pit arch-rivals Brazil and Argentina against each other.
As they prepare for the high-profile final, Brazil is hoping to retain the Copa America and their bragging rights. Argentina will try to end a 28-year drought in the competition, and Lionel Messi’s team is eager to go all out for him.
At Copa America 2021, Brazil and Argentina stood out from the crowd.
Brazil were the pre-tournament favorites, and they have basically glided to the finals. Chile and Peru put them through their paces in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively, and they only managed to score one goal in each match.
Argentina won a shootout against Colombia in the semi-final thanks to Emiliano Martinez’s heroics. Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Rodrigo De Paul, and Guido Rodriguez are among the best players in the world. As a result, the Copa America 2021 final should be a thrilling clash.
Marquinhos vs. #5 Lautaro Martinez (Argentina) (Brazil)
Lautaro Martinez, an Argentine striker, has been in excellent form at the Copa America 2021. The 23-year-old has scored in each of La Albiceleste’s previous three matches and has partnered Lionel Messi admirably.
Marquinhos has been a rock-solid presence in the backline for Brazil throughout the tournament. However, it’s fair to note that he hasn’t faced a very talented opponent in Argentina.
Martinez, who is always looking to spring up in small spaces within the area, will give Marquinhos a tough time. Martinez, who is backed up by Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, and Lo Celso, is not going to make it easy for Marquinhos.
Lautaro Martinez has now scored 1️⃣3️⃣ goals in 2️⃣7️⃣ games for Argentina 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jBRVbgPJN2
— Goal (@goal) July 4, 2021
Guido Rodriguez (Argentina) #4 vs. Lucas Paqueta (Colombia) (Brazil)
This tournament, Guido Rodriguez has been one of Argentina’s most consistent performers. He’s done a nice job in defensive midfield, but containing the 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder will be a difficult chore.
Brazil has discovered a goal-scoring gem.
2 – Lucas Paquetá has scored in back-to-back appearances for Brazil in all competitions for the first time in his career. Protagonist. pic.twitter.com/3Fa3Id3199
— OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) July 5, 2021