Bolivia VS Argentina Copa America LIVE Football Match Score 28June 2021
Argentina will be looking to secure first position in Group A when they complete their 2021 Copa America group-stage campaign against Bolivia on Monday night.
La Albiceleste, who are already through to the knockout round, sit one point clear of second-placed Paraguay at the summit, while already-eliminated Bolivia are bottom of the section on zero points.
Argentina can clinch top spot in Group A as they aim to maintain their unbeaten run under Lionel Scaloni against a Bolivia side already certain of an early Copa America exit. The format of the 2021 tournament means just one team from each section misses out on the last eight, though the final matches are still pivotal as nations jostle for positions in the final standings. Bolivia’s exit was confirmed with a 2-0 reverse against Uruguay last time out, another blank in front of goal meaning Cesar Farias’ side have managed to score just once in three outings so far. Argentina have also found it tough going in attack, despite the presence of the talismanic Lionel Messi. Following a 1-1 draw with Chile in their opener, they have recorded back-to-back 1-0 triumphs over Uruguay and Paraguay. Those results mean head coach Scaloni has not seen his team lose in his previous 16 games. His last defeat in the job came in the previous edition of the Copa America, as they were knocked out by rivals Brazil in the 2019 semi-finals.
A potential rematch appears unlikely until the final this time around, with Brazil winning Group B. Argentina know a victory in Cuiaba will be enough for them to do the same ahead of the quarter-finals. Scaloni has a decision to make over whether to rest Messi, who has played every minute in the competition so far. While the Barcelona superstar just recently turned 34, he may want to be involved from the start as he looks to win his 148th international cap, which would move him out of a tie with Javier Mascherano to sit alone at the top of the list for Argentina appearances. Those in danger of receiving a suspension with another yellow card on Monday are likely to be left out, among them Lautaro Martinez, Leandro Paredes and Giovanni Lo Celso.
Only on one occasion since 1997 have they been present in the knockout round, and La Verde have been eliminated in the group stage of the 2021 tournament with one match to spare.
Cesar Farias’s side opened their Group A campaign with a 3-1 defeat to Paraguay, before suffering a 1-0 loss to Chile, which put them under a lot of pressure ahead of the clash with Uruguay last time out.
Bolivia certainly had their moments against Oscar Tabarez’s team but ultimately suffered a 2-0 loss to confirm their spot at the bottom of the section, and they must now take on the strongest side in the group.
The Green have won just seven of their previous 40 matches against Argentina in all competitions, and it is difficult to imagine them upsetting the section leaders on Monday night in Cuiaba.