Argentina line-up

Argentina Celebration

The line-up for Argentina has been announced. Lionel MESSI starts alongside Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Nicolas GAITAN.



  1. mamoun elpipita

    I’m proud of our boys, Venezuela was tough, tenacious team that was riding on confidence and I honestly thought the game would go down to the wire but once again I was (happily) proven wrong.

    Romero was a beast and he continues to justify my faith (and more importantly tata’s) in him. He literally saved the team from 3 sure goals and the way he stopped that penalty was masterful.

    The defense was the weakest link today with bad positioning and misplaced passes, one of which led to venezuela’s goal.

    The midfield did very well and fought for every ball but I have single out mascherano for his uncharacteristic error that could’ve led to a goal had it not been for romero

    The attack shone brighter than the sun with all the forwards at the their predatory best.

    Regarding Gaitan’s injury, well I could care less because to be honest he’s just not good enough to start IMO, sure he works hard and has some good runs but I think Lavezzi is more than capable for doing that job.

    As for Lamela, well there is alot to like about coco, he’s skillful and intelligent on the ball not to mention being a good finisher, but his strongest asset is his defensive work, which far exceeds any of Argentina’s fowards.
    Lamela has played as a RF (roma), a RAM (Tottenham) and as a 10 (River) and the latter is where he really shines IMO. If he is to start against the USA I hope he’ll play in the hole behind the 2 forwards as so:



  2. Gonzalo

    So We have game like against Paraguay last COpa behind. Now level step up.
    Higuain on the path of redemption – that’s true.
    Defence must improve.

    Luckily we habve a lot of LF.
    However I do not share fascination to Lamela.
    My hierarchy is: Lavezzi, Gaitan, DI Maria, Lamela.

  3. asif

    if we r crusing vs usa, we must rest yellow card players ep masherano
    hope di maria returns

    I felt we lost control in midfield

    I don’t care how many records messi breaks, or how many goals we score. I just want argentina to win copa. we should have won 2004 and 2015, and even wc 2014

    eve this copa isn’t the “real” copa imo, as no confederations cup

    1. Shafat Al Tair

      why is this copa not real? Stop making shit up. Fifa recognizes it as the real deal. End of the story regardless of confederations. If you don’t learn to value your achievement then no one will. Fans like you that give a base a bad name.

      1. asif

        if u were ever on the xtratime forum, I have been posting since 2004 copa on Argentina’s page. you don’t know how much I support the albicelestes but when u lose 5 finals in 11 years despite daily posts on a forum it becomes very tough

        I was messing, it is the real copa America (just a shame no confederations cup)

        im always pessimistic now as Argentina have a mental failure in finals. especially to score goals

        in 2004/07/15 we were CLEAR favourites and choked

        I want Argentina to win, its not negativity, but can you understand why i think this way now. its through regularly losing finals

    2. tigrawaydegafi

      U come here too to troll. I knew ya from some where when u label zis site as telemundo.fool. W’d u kindly leave this site with all ur non sense. Oh.. btw we know ya when u keep defending cry baby everywhere.

      You are not even one of some real mundo funs with all their negativity still want Argie’s glorry at any cost despite their frustrations and negativity.

    3. miskan

      why you think argentina want sacrefice injury and exfensive players for juz no real copa

  4. tigrawaydegafi

    We do have Lavezi and Lamela and hopefully Maria too for USA clash. The defense need to stay stable and calm otherwise we are fine. Tata managed to surprise us tbh. We have been in trouble whenever we miss players like Maria and Messi but not any more. Most important of all the mid trio of this tournament have increased the stablity and creativity of the team. Tata will defnitely take the credit for the introduction of Banega Agusto in to the mid trio.

    I will only cross my finger for luck not to turn its back against us,otherwise very positive more than ever.

  5. soumya sekhar pal

    How about this formation :
    Defense :Mori, mascherano, otamendi
    Mid field :gaitan, banega, biglia, di Maria, Rojo
    Frwd :Messi,higuain

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  6. pablo dennison

    would you start di maria….no as he is now best as sub. the facts are since he has gone off we have won 5-0, 3-0 and 4-1.
    we are scoring goals fro all angles and long may it continue.

    1. pablo dennison

      as for kun he is really looking bad, dribbles into every one, cant releases the ball, bad returning passes and is simply not worth of even coming off the bench.

      1. tigrawaydegafi

        We are lucky that Hig ve started to score.Am sure Aguero will have his time too. Let’s not give up easily on any of them, even Lavezi is unbelivably doing well. Rojo,Lavezi and Romero are destined to be our national team players irreapective if how and where they play for their club career. I.e why am not worried about absence of Maria and Gaitan. If the coach maintains his nice work with out being sabella @ the 2014 wc in substituing players i believe this team can achieve more. Their confiedience is way too high this time.

  7. Csabalala

    If i remember well Argentina never ever lost in semi final in any tournament (at least in modern days).

  8. petro

    We were bit lucky in the last 15 mins of first half..full credit to Venezuela..

    But what went wrong? Was it defense lapse or we started slowing as a team..

  9. Istiaque

    I really liked our midfield today! After such a long time it seems like we have a midfield that can both attack and defend.

  10. NoHateOnlyLove

    CONCACAF teams are not on the same level as the South American teams. USA should take note from the Chile vs Mexico game.

  11. NoHateOnlyLove

    The the Mexican fans can now leave the comment sections on the football apps in one peace. 🙂

  12. HaititoArg

    I’m hoping we don’t play chili again in the final they look scary

    1. Dfox1942

      Its just Mexico being pathetic, a case of too much HOT AIR.

      1. HaititoArg

        I’m hoping so cause I can’t take another lost in a final anymore I think I would rather play Colombia in the final

        1. Dfox1942

          It doesn’t matter who ARGENTINA meets, Chile is not as good as they seem, Mexico just self-destructed from the word go.
          The Mexicans always viewed themselves as good as their South American neighbors……what they say now?

          ARG, unlike last year’s COPA and the WC, got an easy draw for a change, lets hope it benefits them like it did the damn Krauts and Chile.

    2. NoHateOnlyLove

      Mexico was never that strong, people were hyping up Mexico because they sold out stadiums and their fans roar the loudest. Crowds does not win games, players do. Mexico is and always will be an average team.

  13. Dfox1942

    Mexico getting smacked like a Pinata.

    So much for home field advantage!

    1. El pibe Erik lozano

      For some weird reason im rooting for chile

      1. Dfox1942

        Nobody seems to like Mexico except the Mexicans.

        I wanted and still want both teams to beat the shit out of each other.
        Vidal is a NO SHow for next game so Colombians are happy thus far.

  14. Dfox1942

    Great game, El Pipita FINALLY scoring, Messi, scoring, passing and doing what he does best, ROMERO, great saves.

    Just AVOID the sloppy play PLEASE and all will be Well.

  15. Kitty

    Very Good Result…..
    Second Half….. we had a very good game even though we conceded a goal….

  16. Jason

    Good game for Martino too. Need to praise that guy. I kike what he did with Messi in second half. He put him more central to force those Venezuela to get extra alert and worry. Liked his subs too. Liking he making Fernandez to run in the box. Team playing much better and nice football. Hopefully it will get more better.
    I know alot you will come up with the argument that if Venezuela converted those chances than i can say if we finished those against Germany or it’s no point.
    Vamos Argentina

  17. vik

    Higuain is on the path of redemption……but not yet.
    He’s got 2 more games to prove it.

  18. Bombonera

    So Arg is obvious going to wear dull blue kits in the semi finals against host country??

    1. Jason

      Unfortunately yes

      1. Julker9

        Not a lucky jersey for us! But still better than wear it in any final.

        1. Jason

          I was thinking same. Thst jersey bad for us lol

        2. Caperjack

          We won world cup 1986 wearing it. Cheer up friend

          1. Sabellista

            Correction, Argentina wore the home kit in 1986.

  19. Caperjack

    Great we got out of it with minimum loss

  20. NoHateOnlyLove

    Everyone on the team can score, first time in a long while I’ve seen Argentina with this mindset. We have always been overly dependent on our strikers.Now the whole tournament is seeing that every single one of our players are dangerous, it’s not just about Messi, Higuain, Di Maria and Aguero.

  21. petro

    Gaitain role is very important atleast for this COPA…he should start until Di Maria is back..I don’t minf Aguero not starting, but Gaitan has to start..if only we had Dybala or a fit Pastore..

    1. Jason

      Lamela is better option than Dybala in that position with all due respect.

      1. petro

        Sure Jason..but considering yellow cards for Augusto,Banega,.i felt lamela need to be a midfielder..but you are correct..still do not understand why Pastore was brought into the squad when not fit..

        1. Jason

          Banega and Agusto are okay. They will olay VS USA. Only Gaitan won’t able to play. Agree about Pastore matter with you but Martino knows his plan. I just wish he stay with those Di-Maria,Lamela,Gaitan for that left side. Pastore is too soft and won’t able to track back. But if he is fit than can come handy for last few minutes I guess

      2. vik

        Lamela was more composed than Gaitan regardless of the goal he scored.
        Gaitan has the tenacity and the determination. But yet again no decisive pass or where any of those passes accurate.
        Gaitan’s double yellow is not a good thing because we need subs but I would like to see Lamela start. He is just as tenacious and can be explosive given that this is copa america and not the premier league, these opposition are best suited for his pace.
        Overall very happy and satisfied.
        Just a thought on our defensive lapses. It’s normal for top quality defenders to drop intensity and concentration because of opposition. You just can’t help it. But now the back four will be on song against USA and whoever we get in the final.
        We are the greatest supporters in the greatest shirt and team

        1. Jason

          Exactly. I think Lamela has the winger and Attacking midfielder combo mentality. Gaitan did good too.

  22. guled

    Gaitan isn’t as talented as di maria but i liked how he returned the pass to messi which resulted in goal, simple things like that make difference. Lamela is also good and does the same,i would take those two players ahead of donkey di maria any day.

    1. NoHateOnlyLove

      You’re a sad fellow.

  23. Csabalala

    Gaitan is much much much better in the left wing. (his natural position). Unfortunately he’ll be suspended vs USA. We’ll destroy them too.

  24. saima

    we won that’s good, but if we defend like that in the semi-final vs the US we’ll be really lucky to get to the final.

    1. Jason

      It happens. Don’t worry. That makes us stronger. I saw German defence other day had same problem.
      Bytheway i am watching American channel to see their view and they saying Venezuela made alot chance and so USA got opportunity!!!

      1. NoHateOnlyLove

        That’s like saying Poland had a lot of chances to score against Germany so Northern Ireland will get the same opportunity in the next Euro game. Football does not work like that. Mexico and Uruguay failed to score on Venezuela while Argentina blew them away.

        1. Jason

          That’s what those presenter saying not me!

    2. NoHateOnlyLove

      Argentina has nothing to worry about when it comes to USA, they scraped past both Paraguay and Ecuador. USA like Venezuela will get the USA need to worry about their defense.If this was the NBA then USA all the way. 🙂

  25. NoHateOnlyLove

    Argentina will continue to outscore every team at the Copa. Before the game, everyone was saying how Venezuela had good defense, well, Argentina is not Mexico, Uruguay or Jamaica.

  26. PAimar

    Next up.. a home team coached by a German.. Vamos Argentina Vamos!!

    1. Jason

      I am so eager to get back to him since 2006 defeat lol

      1. chalz

        Me too Jason…

      2. PAimar

        Thought exactly the same thing when I posted that comment. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who wants to give him that sweet gift called Revenge.

  27. Jason

    We had a good game. Our GK and Deffenc were tested. I saw alot running and nice passing from midfield. But our players needs to know when to calm and press.
    However thanks to boys to give use nice game.
    Semifinal in last 3 major tournament so far :))

  28. Jason

    Why are they so happy we lost one player(Gaitan). Lamela to step in and more hardcore and skilled i think

    1. NoHateOnlyLove

      We did not lose any player. Where did you come from TROLL?

      1. Jason

        Kidult,Gaitan is on suspension. Watch before you calling someone troll. I think after you came from that ban you lost your way buddy. Lol

        1. NoHateOnlyLove

          We had four players on yellow going into the game, Gaitan was the only player of the four who won’t affect the team in the next round. I was never banned,I always had access to Mundo. You guys play way too much FIFA on PlayStation.

          1. Jason

            Now what did i say that makes you think you so super intelligent! This exact same view i did that it won’t affect us. I was waiting for your apology to call me an troll. But like i said you have too much arrogance and think everyone is dumb and you are too smart. You behaviour goes well with your name KID!

  29. ClacKamas

    Good job …usa here we come

  30. Jason

    I like what Lamela doing. He has more variety than Gaitan

  31. Jason

    Tata doing good job but he needs to fix the defence and midfield bit more. Tell them to calm and compose when we have 2-0 up not rushing

  32. Funky Buddha

    Very poor defending from otamendi.. he doesn’t look the rock he was in valencia

    1. Jason

      It was too quick to read for him as Funes lost the ball. Cannot really blame for that!!!

  33. Jason

    Funes Mori was out of position for that goal. Lamelaaaaaaaaaa

  34. Julker9

    Lamela now! 4-1.

  35. asif

    gaitan hamstring gone

  36. Jason

    Happy for Messi but most of we will win hopefully. No YELLOW CARD please

  37. Kitty

    Messi Scores…. ARG 3 – 0 VEN

  38. Jason

    Gaitan just did what Di-maria never does lol

    1. Julker9

      Agree. Its remind me a bit of Jordi Alba & Messi’s Barca combination in attack. It’s important to understand your teammates.

  39. Julker9

    Messi equal to Batistuta’s all time Argentina record!

    1. Jason

      What is wrong with you! Seriously!!!

      1. Jason

        We love Diego but you are obsessed with him so weirdly dude!!!

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  41. Aslam

    Gaitan should be subbed. Tata must look at it…its dangerous with yellow…hes replaceable.

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  43. EnganChe

  44. EnganChe

    The fact that Venezuela played so well should be a wake-up call for the boys to not be complacent.

  45. HaititoArg

    Check Rojadirecta

  46. HaititoArg

    If we keep playing this way we won’t be winning this copa

  47. NoHateOnlyLove

    Boo. exactly, Argentina was still in training mode.

  48. Julker9

    So far Romero is the reason, we are still leading. Our defence looks shaky today & left wing totally silent. Exclude that assist, Messi is also not in his regular form. But who cares till we win. 😉

    Banega & Higuain both are on mood.

    1. NoHateOnlyLove

      We are leading because we scored two goals..

  49. Jason

    If we win this game it will be very very vital for players. This is tje hardest game for us because as i said before Venezuela look very inspired and coming hard. Great test for our back line

    1. NoHateOnlyLove

      Jason, Venezuela is not better than Chile and Panama.

      1. Jason

        I know but they giving something different than Chile and Panama!!!

  50. NoHateOnlyLove

    The pitch is horrible. None of these Copa pitch are at world class level. Nice stadiums but terrible playing surface.

  51. Kitty

    Awful defending….. Rojo is all over place….

    Dangerous play by Masche…. should have been a goal….

    No control in midfield….

    Two chances well taken by Higuain…..

  52. EnganChe

    What a half. Very tense, we should be doing better in midfield and defence.

  53. PAimar

    team understandably switches down a gear after the two goals but as the events thereafter serve to show (venuzeula drawing reflex save, hitting post, penalty miss), do not count venuzuela out. it’s never over till the final whistle blows.

  54. Nukleuz

    1st goal is the very difficult one. Higuain time his volley and it is a perfection! Augesto, this guy really everywhere. I never thought he can follow attack and still defend. Gaitan also prove himself that he worth his place in starting eleven. He just need to improve understanding with the team. And Benega, this guy is slow but running past every player with his pace. This is awesome. To sum up, they play like a team now. clap!!

    1. asif

      u serious, they are awful
      we had 1 chance and 1 gift
      venezuela, hit post, missed penalty and 2 romero saves or we be 4-2 down
      our midfield has no control (since riquelme )

      u can c we miss pastore and di maria here.
      better teams will crush us

      try and be objective guys

      id bring on lavezzi for gaitan

      1. NoHateOnlyLove

        asif, Get outta here TROLL.

      2. Nukleuz

        asif, you can’t expect Argentina to outplayed every team. Yes, I agree that vene got some control late in the first half but 2-0 is something acceptable. and we got some chance other than 2 goals so you can really say we are playing awful. Venezuela use every energy to get back into game but i somewhat expect burnout in 2nd half. Let’s wait and see 2nd half dude. Peace!

  55. Jason

    We need reiforcement in midfield. This is probably going to hardest game for us in this Copa. Which good

  56. HaititoArg

    Bad first half for me

  57. Caperjack

    our guys need to wake up and control the game. to much space for venz

  58. fouad-daman

    Romero the good the bad and the ugly

  59. Julker9

    Penalty save now! Wow!! My Romero is back again…! 🙂

  60. Julker9

    Romero the wall! What a supernatural save!!

  61. Julker9

    Excellent save from Romero! Similar one like Chile match.

  62. Jason

    No more yellow please. Gaitan can be replaced. No problem but Banega and Masche is hard to difficult for now!!

    1. Sabellista

      Argentina has no midfield. Too much space to Venezuela. Tata needs to address this at half. Lamela in.

  63. Julker9

    Miss pass & pipita scored again!!! 2-0.

  64. vimaldass

    Wth that’s clearly a foul hence a penalty!

  65. El pibe Erik lozano

    Goal pipa

  66. Julker9

    Pipitaaaaa! Goal!! Messi provider again for our no 9’s.

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  68. fouad-daman

    Go argentina

  69. david carvajal

    Let’s gooooo!!! Tata keeps changing the starters to work his tactics. At least he’s understanding a little bit more of his role.. it looks like he’s going to want to have gaitan play down the line and cross in. I feel like gaitan will have an assist today for the first goal!

  70. shingi gwenzi

    Time to shine guys. who ever plays. Vamos Argentina

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