• Argentina side take on Colombia in Copa America quarter final
  • Lionel Messi and Co are the tournament favourites in Chile
  • Brazil or Paraguay await the winners in final four  
  • Argentina vs Colombia, Vina del Mar, kick off 12.30am BST 

Jonny Singer for MailOnline

Lionel Messi will look to set up a possible semi-final clash with Argentina’s old rivals Brazil, as his side meet Colombia in Vina del Mar.

The World Cup finalists remain favourites to take the Copa America title in Chile, despite an unconvincing group stage.

But they will have to beat a talented Colombia side if Messi is to win his first major international tournament, and Jose Pekerman’s team will be hopeful of rediscovering their form of last summer’s World Cup as they enter the knock-out stages.

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  • Jonny Singer

    Host commentator

I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but worth remembering what is at stake in Vina del Mar tonight.

Whoever comes out on top here will face the winner of Brazil vs Paraguay – frankly, any combination of those four teams could serve up a cracking game… but the prospect of Brazil vs Argentina is the real standout possibility, I’m sure you’d agree. 

There’s still over an hour until kick off, and around 10 minutes until I can bring you the team news, so lots of time to hear what you have to say – either tweet me (@Jonny_Singer) or comment below.

Here’s the first offering, from SH_Gunner7: ‘Colombia to win, Argentina just don’t work well as a team, they don’t have a chemistry, if they played with each other to their max, they would be the best in the world, Colombia need to start Martinez and Bacca up front, Falcao isn’t offering enough.’

A brave call, sir. I’ve not seen enough from Colombia in the last two weeks to back them against this Argentina side.

Despite all those incredible names, neither side has really hit the heights so far at the Copa America.

Argentina looked brilliant for 45 minutes against Paraguay, before being pegged back to 2-2. Their two subsequent wins, over Uruguay and Jamaica, have been efficient rather than spectacular.

Colombia, meanwhile, look a shadow of the side that took the world by storm in Brazil last summer. Plenty of the blame for that is being put on the shoulders of Falcao – will he start tonight?

An Argentina and Colombia fan pose before the game in Vina del Mar

For all that Chile have been the best side in this competition so far, this game, undoubtedly, is the most star-studded of the tournament.

On one hand you have James Rodriguez, Jackson Martinez, Juan Cuadrado and, of course, Radamel Falcao.

On the other side are the likes of Javier Mascherano, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria and the small matter of Lionel Messi.

This has to be a good one, right?

Chile are there. Peru are there. But now it’s time for the big boys.

Last year’s World Cup finalists, and arguably last summer’s most impressive South American side go head to head tonight, for a semi-final spot.

Who will be left standing…



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