Copa America 2021: Uruguay take on Argentina to kick off their Campaign

Argentina and Uruguay square off in Copa America action on Saturday, in a clash between the two favorites to qualify out of group B.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez best friends off the field will become rivals when Argentina meet Uruguay on Friday, Image credit: Twitter
By Amruth Kalidas | Jun 18, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

One of the biggest matches of the Copa America 2021 will finally be played on Friday. Argentina square off against arch-rivals Uruguay in the Clasico del Rio de la Plata at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Group B. Argentina holds the clear advantage in their last five head-to-head games, having won 3 three games and lost one and drawn one against Uruguay. Both the nations hold the most number of Copa America trophies. Uruguay have the most Copa America trophies with 15, followed by Argentina with 14 cups. 


A 1-1 draw against Chile in their opening match will concern Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni purely based on the patterns of the match in Copa America 2021. The Chileans dominated most of the match which would lead to some questions on Scaloni. Given that he left both Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria on the bench in order to bolster the midfield.

Scaloni’s Argentina have been a little bit more controlled than they were in 2017-2018 under Jorge Sampaoli. However, they still remain passive and are lacking cohesion.

Argentina’s squad is jam packed with world-class players. However, they still rely on Lionel Messi as we witnessed in the match against Chile. Messi’s solitary goal wasn’t enough to give the La Albiceleste three points.

Captain Lionel Messi, who scored a stunning free-kick in the game against Chile, will be the major threat in attack.


Uruguay, meanwhile, will be kicking off their Copa America journey against the tournament favourites. Much like their opponents, Oscar Tabarez’s men are also not in the best of form heading into the Clasico, as they have failed to win each of their last three games. Their most recent game ended in a goalless draw against Venezuela in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers. A winning start could put them in a solid position in Group B.

Uruguay highly relies on Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, with their eagle eye in front of the goal, they can cause problems to the opposition defence. 

The last time Argentina and Uruguay faced off against each other was in November 2019 in a friendly encounter, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Their upcoming contest will have a major say in how the Copa America Group B table shapes up.


Argentina Predicted Lineup (4-3-3): Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, Martinez, Di Maria

Uruguay Predicted Lineup (4-4-2): Muslera; Gonzalez, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; Torres, Valverde, Torreira, Rodriguez; Cavani, Suarez