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Argentina set to show its worth against USA

28 June 2007 11:53

MARACAIBO, Jun 27 (CP) - Arguably the strongest team of the tournament, Argentina, face Gold Cup winners United States in their first Copa America game.

With Brazil leaving home several of its star players, Argentina should be considered top favorite to win the tournament.

Coach Basile has managed to select a strong team with Messi and Crespo leading the attack, assisted by players as Riquelme and Verón. Ayala and Zanetti form half of the team's defense.

About the match plan, Basile said: "I'm going to give Messi the freedom to play the way he knows, with intuition and creativity. Just like everybody else, I want my team to win. Not in any way, but by impressive football. It's important to know how the rival moves, but it's more important to worry about the functioning of your own team.

In this case, the rival Basile is talking about is the United States. Whether this team is motivated, remains to be seen.

Only days after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States now have a weakened team as several top players opting to stay at home for this tournament.

However, it does give less experienced players a chance to shine and conquer a steady spot on the team.

The match will be played at 20:50 (8:50pm) local time in Maracaibo, after the match between Paraguay and Colombia.

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Competition
Copa America
Date
29 June 2007
Kick-off
02:50
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
4 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
9' E. Johnson (PG)
H. Crespo 11'  
1 - 1
H. Crespo 60'  
2 - 1
P. Aimar 76'  
3 - 1
C. Tévez 84'  
4 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
16 76'
11 84'
5
3
4
7
12
13
17
21
22
# Player Bookings
11
8
17
4
6
7
10
15
16
23
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