Chile (FIFA Rank 5) v Panama (56)
Chile and Panama both enter this match on three points, the winner of this game advances to the quarterfinals and the loser goes home. In case of a draw, Chile will advance on goal differential.
Chile are the defending champions and after playing Argentina extremely close in their opener, they only beat Bolivia 2-1 after getting a controversial penalty kick in the 100th minute (90'+10' looks somewhat strange on the scorecard). Chile play a high pressing style and will try to speed up the game as much as possible which will be interesting against Panama's standard tactics of muddying up the game and generally trying to disrupt an opponent's rhythm.
Speaking of disrupting your opponent's rhythm, Blas Perez has both goals for Panama in Copa America and the team generally feeds off Perez's antics and provocations. But Perez is out for this game due to yellow card accumulation. Panama won their opener 2-1 over Bolivia after Perez scored the game winner in the 87th minute but were blown out by Argentina 5-0 in their second game. Panama earned a red card (San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Anibal Godoy) in the 31st minute but were keeping it somewhat close until Argentina subbed Lionel Messi in at the 60 minute mark with a 1-0 scoreline. Messi combined with another Argentina super sub, Sergio Aguero, to make it 5-0 by full time. Panama will have to be more disciplined if they are going to upset Chile and join the USMNT and Mexico as CONCACAF representatives in the knockout stage.
Argentina (1) v Bolivia (82)
The big question is will Messi start? Argentina manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino has said Messi will play but has been coy with further details. After playing 30 minutes on Friday and with a quarterfinal on the books for Saturday, likely against Venezuela, where Messi will want to go 90 minutes look for Messi to start and probably go 60 minutes. Angel Di Maria was injured in their last match and will likely be rested. Watch Javier Mascherano during the match. He might not be one of the marquee attacking names so closely associated with this Argentina team, but Mascherano provides the foundation for everything Argentina does.
Bolivia are out of Copa America but they feel aggrieved by the 8 minutes of added time against Chile (there was a head injury) and the 100th minute penalty kick goal (it was awarded about the 96th minute but Bolivia protested so vehemently it was officially scored in the 100th minute) that led to them losing 2-1, expect them to battle against Argentina at least early. Bolivia's national team is impossible to separate from their home field. La Paz, Bolivia sits high in the Andes at 11,900 feet (3,640 m) and Bolivia is very good at home but abysmal away. Over the last three World Cup qualifying cycles (2006, 2010, 2014) Bolivia has accumulated 38 points at home and only 2 away. CenturyLink Field is decidedly lower in elevation clocking in around 20 feet above sea level and might actually be below sea level on the field.
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