Things are getting heated. Lionel Messi and Argentina will be squaring off with Venezuela in the Copa America quarterfinals on June 18th at 7pm EST at Gillette Stadium. Catch all the international soccer action online here!
It will all be going down in Foxborough, Massachusetts when the Venezuelans take on Lionel Messi, 28, and Argentina in quarterfinal play of the Copa America. There are 7 teams left in the tournament and the winner of this match will go on to face USA who is waiting in the semis after their 2-1 quarterfinal win against Ecuador. The quarters are rounded out by games between Peru facing Colombia and the last match-up features tournament darling Mexico who will battle Chile. Lots of great soccer to watch so be sure to catch every goal from this great game online with us!
Is there a better footballer in the world today than Leo Messi? No, we didn’t think so either. That’s why his Argentinian squad are huge favorites in this contest against an underwhelming Venezuelan team. Leo has been battling a back injury throughout the Copa games and has been seeing limited time on the pitch. However, he has been coming off the bench to do damage late in games. It took Leo only 20 minutes to crush a hat trick late in a group game against Panama to help his team secure the 5-0 win. He may be the mostly lethal attacker in the game today and Venezuela will have their hands full trying to defend him when he enters this game, or worse, if he starts.
Venezuela is a tough team not to be overlooked despite being huge underdogs in this fight. Like Argentina, Venezuela have only given up one score in Copa America play this year. While the defense is strong for Venezuela, their offense is questionable at best. They may not allow many goals but they have not scored many in Copa play either. Venezuela has not scored more than once in a Copa game while Argentina have scored 10 times and have allowed only one ball into their net.
HollywoodLifers, who will you be rooting for in this lopsided quarterfinal game? Do you think the Venezuelans have a chance at upsetting the soccer giants of Argentina? How do you think this game will shake out?