Lionel Messi faces Thiago Silva as Argentina takes on Brazil at 2019 CONMEBOL

2nd July, 2019

Some of the most exciting clashes in the soccer world is on the cards as the 2019 CONMEBOL semi-final matches start today.

Football lovers all over the world are surely geared up to witness the fiercest rivalries in international football as Brazil hosts Argentina in the first semi-final of the continental tournament. The much-anticipated clash will take place in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

The implication of this match-up between Argentina and Brazil is that we are going to have players like Messi face up to Thiago, as well as players like Aguero and Martinez of Argentina taking on Arthur and Coutinho on the Brazilian side.

The home team have remained unbeaten in last fourteen matches and would look to extend their unbeaten streak and step into the final. The five-time World Cup winners have been in a great goal-scoring form and netted 3+ goals in last five of their games.

The Selecao have been successful in maintaining 16 clean sheets in their last 20 outings. Despite missing their captain Neymar, they have played positive football and looked outright favourites to win the showpiece event of South America.

Argentina, on the other hand, have been in the middle of a shaky run and should thank their stars that they managed to reach the semi-final.

After losing their first group league match of the tournament and managing a hard-fought draw in the second, the Lionel Messi-led side won two back-to-back matches. In their last two encounters, the Albaceleste seemed a better defending unit who play consolidated football.

Also, they looked to have passed over the phase where they would entirely depend on Messi to do everything, which had become a norm for the last four-five years.

The Expected Line-Ups for both teams

BrazilAlisson, Thiago Silva, Filipe Luís, Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Arthur, Allan, Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Willian, Roberto Firmino.

ArgentinaFranco Armani, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico, Germán Pezzella, Juan Foyth, Marcos Acuña, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Lautaro Martínez.