In less than 24 hours we will know the next European champions, with Italy and England clashing for glory at Wembley. But in just an hour, we will have another legendary battle on another legendary stage with Brazil facing Argentina at the Maracanã in the Copa América final.
Kickoff at 1am for those in Europe will make it hard for many to follow, but it is almost guaranteed to be a clash for the ages, with Lionel Messi flying high for Argentina, and Brazil featuring Chelsea’s own Thiago Silva.
“Brazil versus Argentina is always very special and it is the two teams that in my view are the best in South America at this moment. It’s only fair that we face each other in this final.
“We are responsible for this and what I say to the group now is to keep this joy, don’t do anything different and continue to believe that we are capable of playing a great game and becoming champions.”
-Thiago Silva; source: Chelsea FC
Here we go!
Argentina starting lineup (4-3-3):
E.Martínez | Acuña, Otamendi, Romero, Montiel | Lo Celso, Paredes, De Paul | Di María, Lautaro, Messi
Substitutes from: Palacios, Tagliafico, Agüero, Armani, Molina, L.Martínez, González, Gómez, Pezzella, Marchesín, Correa, Rodríguez
Brazil starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Ederson | Renano Lodi, Silva (c), Marquinhos, Danilo | Fred, Casemiro | Éverton, Lucas Paquetá, Richarlison | Neymar
Substitutes from: Alisson, Éverton Ribeiro, Douglas Luiz, Firmino, Vinícius Jr, Emerson, Weverton, Fabinho, Léo Ortiz, Alex Sandro, Éder Militão, Gabriel Barbosa
Date/Time: Saturday, July 10, 2021, 8pm EDT; 01.00 BST (next day)
Venue: Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!