Rumored Argentina line-up, LAVEZZI to start


The injury and suspension Nicolas GAITAN means that one of Ezequiel LAVEZZI or Erik LAMELA would start up front alongside Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Lionel MESSI.

Based off the training session, Tata MARTINO is going to start the same attack as the one Alejandro SABELLA started with in the final of the World Cup. That is to say Ezequiel LAVEZZI with Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Lionel MESSI.


Rumored Argentina line-up for Tuesday: Romero; Rojo, Otamendi, Funes Mori, Mercado; Banega, Mascherano, Augusto; Lavezzi, Higuain, Messi


  1. Relax bro ….seems u have ur mouth soldered to maradonas iron balls … Don’t need to get upset about something u have no control about ..we enjoyed the maradona era let me he kids enjoy the messi era …

  2. Wow ….just awesome performance…messi haters are frothing at the mouth … But what I don’t understand is why hate on a fellow Argentinian that too when we just won an epic game ( in terms of the recent performances )..
    I’m glad we are in the finals team is looking solid ..a bit concerned about lavizzi hope it’s not too serious …..I’m glad he also Shut his haters mouths and had a brilliant performace ..

  3. wow what a match , completely dominant performance. But big big finale is waiting for us.
    Augustos absence is set back for us , tata will be using biglia in place of him.

  4. I still gutted about losing Augusto for the final. He has been great in both attack and defense and I’m not too sure about Biglia’s attacking contribution!

    On the other hand, Banega has been a maestro the whole tournament! He’s been linking the attack with the defence. An absolute joy to watch. Surely the most improved player for us.

    Finally, if we face Chile, Di Maria would be a good choice because of his pace. Because they play higher on the pitch and with di maria’s pace we will be able to counter them faster! On the other hand if we face Colombia, we should play gaitan.

  5. Wow, Honestly guys.

    ARGENTINA just won a great game, dominated from start to finish, completed 630 plus passes to the U.S’s 150 plus, 67% time of possession, in a final again for the 3rd time in a row, ONE GAME AWAY FROM WINNING A cOPA AND lifting a trophy……and we’re fighting about who scored what or how many??

  6. Why are you so worked up about this? Bati was amazing, one of the best of all time for us. Let’s enjoy the moment. We are blessed to have had Diego, Bati and Messi

  7. I know it was just USMNT. But credit where it due…Our midfield outclassed the opposition. Today again proved the importance of Agusto.He’s become such an important piece of puzzle as I can’t really think of proper replacement for him in our current setup.Today he’s almost like Busquets of Barca. He along gave enough support to Mercado so that our right wing was never in danger.I saw him multiple times receiving the ball in the final third.His athleticism and mental toughness is also proving to be vital for us. Just hope he is fully fit for the final.

  8. Who cares if its 2 goals less or more.. Messi is going to keep scoring.. Bati is the best #9 ever though. The amount of goals in the few games he played is still insane, even if Messi passed him. Messi is the best total forward. Maradona the best midfielder.. we are blessed boys.. blessed..

    One other note, clap clap Tata, your team is starting to look like a unit and the midfield is finally working. Where are all the Tata sucks trolls? Mundo was NOTHING but fire fat Tata. He got us to two finals. Its the players who did the work, but Tata needs respect. Crongrats Tata, even if you loose the final (nooooooo!) you still did better than all the haters credited you with. So far Tatas best actions have been, a) Mercado, b) Good wing play c) tweaking the defensive balance of Sabella a little more offensive d) gathering good ball playing midfielders together.

    Vamos Argentina!

    • TATA has done everything correct so far and will not hesitate to credit him where it is due. Last Copa, even though we defeated Paraguay like 6-0, I was never confident of the team. This time the spirit with which the team is playing and I have to say two final heartbreaks have made them mentally tough.
      I think Messi will be even more charged to prove detractors wrong. I really hope Augusto starts in the final.

    • agreed and I’m eating humble pie but I will say no di maria is good for the team as we now play as a team. yes d/m is a good player but his decision making is simply not good enough and we now have players who are not as skilled but work for the team 1st and are not the headless chicken that d/m is far to ofturn

    • Tata changed a few things and that is what we wanted. Even you can see that we not playing the slow boring possession shit anymore. Now we are happy

  9. As soon as someone gets an update on lavezi and augusto please post hopefully we will have dimaria back for the final
    By the way 5 offside calls should not have been called

  10. In the build up to the first goal check Messi’s reaction in the replay. As soon as he saw Lavezzi pressing, that he could win the ball and may pass to him, he signalled the team mates to move towards the box. Maybe he had already decided for the loft. All so fast. LOL..

  11. here is the answer to the goals
    “Messi moved one ahead Gabriel Batistuta’s career total, according to the Argentine Football Association. However, FIFA records Batistuta’s total as 56, including two goals in an exhibition against Slovakia in June 1995”

    what is an exhibition match? very bazaar and not some thing we here about these days


    Great game and ONE MORE to Go AGAIN!!!!


    I can go and relax now until my anxiety resumes Friday.

  13. messi,s goal per match 2.03 other side great batigol goal per match 1.42 so fer messi still playing and must be playing atleast next 5-7 years for national team..still many more coming….

    anyway ,,
    hom many assistes he done sofar…may be countys best…

    have any idea everyone???

  14. The team played well, Romero’s passes were actually going to somebody… lol.. only person I didn’t see play too well was biglia. You don’t think tata will use him in final right? TATA so far has done well. Too be honest I cracked on a lot of his players choices like dybala, but he has actually coached this tournament well-done

    • Yap. Am really happy for him. Some in mundo were harish against him. Even swearing against him using hard words. His class was always there. No wonder why Leo favours him only ignored by sabella though, and that was all for Maxi Rodregez/Gago or Alvarez at 2014 WC. We all know his one time tragedy that almost claimed his life but he is human prone to error nothing else.

      With this age,27, he will continue to integrate more till 2018 WC. I don’t give a rats to whom we are playing at final. Banega has out classed the so called highly pressing team,Chile, easily with out Messi being around.

      And my biggest BUT of this tournament is who ever is picked to play is playing to his expectations, if not, more. That is the kind of team sprit exactly missing for years.

  15. Klinsman was asked about his performances but he was praising Argentina …..hahaha…and that sucker said something about messis free kick goal….like foul was 5 meter earlier or something

  16. Banega in redemption. Really happy for him and is on his way to make Argie great again. Messi’s captain role was always justified by his examplary role on the pitch. Always assisting to boost the morale of the players with out shouting to energize them.

    Why is the team confidence high all the sudden right after we beat columbia 1-0 in the qualification games. Infact apart from surpriaing midfield amazing new look Tata has exponentially bosted the players mentallity more than ever. I never have seen them this calm and with class performance performance under any coach so far…

    Congrats to Leo the king of assist;freekicks,goal scoring and dribbling!!!!!

  17. Lamela is very hard is due to his pressing..the last goal came. But just before that he shot wide when Messi was unmarked and near to him in the box. I dont want Lamela does what Dimaria and Aguero normally do. We have to play as a team. Three consecutive final in Major tournaments is a big achievement but this time..We need trophy…we cannot afford the lose anymore..

  18. I don’t give a shit as batigol and Messi both are important. I think FIFA didn’t recognize 2 goals of batistuta as they were scored against Slovakia B team.

  19. The game ended with the second goal. So I was interested in keeping things simple and my fear is true we have three injuries out of which I think Augusto should make the final. Hopefully this time, we finish the deal in final.

  20. I am so happy that we are in the final. Messi is the perfect captain, assisting Higuain so many times.

    I’m not even sure if I would rather we play Colombia or Chile in the final. Part of me hopes it’s Chile so we can get some revenge.

  21. Messi was as usual magical best.. Higuain, Levazzi was great..Mascherano marshaled the defense really well…But
    BANEGA – what a game he had in the center of the field AND
    OTAMENDI – Rock wrong foot..pure defensive master class…
    Now REAL Test comes….

  22. Somehow I knew that we would be in a the final. Now I am curious to see if we are going to choke this time. I think Messi is in in a takeover the final mood.

  23. My wife really hates that I support Argentina over the US (I’m from the US and we live here as well.) After those 2 goals she left and went to our bedroom. Even though it’s making her so mad, I can’t stop feeling good with how well we are playing.

  24. Another record broken by the greatest …lol.,to all the closet haters I can see u frothing in the mouth over the validity of the record ..under unfortunately what ever anyone says got to go with offical data…hahhahahaha

  25. Highlights of the first half..

    1. A brilliant assist
    2. A perfect placement
    3 A thumping free-kick.

  26. Lavezzi …an awesome game ..hugiuan should be subbed …his one touch passing lacking …
    Midfield solid …first half messi lavezzi and bagena stand out players ..enjoying the game

  27. Why are you keep crying? I believe for the last 3 days you are CRYing and abusing your fellow Argentine fans? We are heading for another final…enjoy that moment. You are fed up but who really cares?
    and…at least try to avoid posting in CAPs letters.

  28. I agree there. I was always a big fan of Pastore, but Banega has totally gotten his act together. Just think, 2 years ago Gago was playing there. How lucky we are to have such players now.

  29. Even though Batigol scored 56, sadly FIFA is in charge of keeping the records. If FIFA says it was 54, then that is what everyone will talk about. No one is ever going to come close to the amount of goals Batistuta scored in the number of games he did it in, but we all know Messi is going to score at least 3 more goals sometime. So he is going to have the record no matter which way you look at it.

    And more goals scored means more wins and hopefully more trophies. Batigol brought us his trophies with his goals, let’s hope Messi does the same with his on Sunday.

    • I agree 56 for Batistuta, but don’t you see it by now that Messi is gonna is gonna probaby score 70 for us. So quit fighting Messi vs the great Batigol story man. Stop the Messi hate he is our best player right now. He is what Maradona was to us back in the day. God gifts us the best player on the planet and you hate him for what?

  30. I think messi will be in the mood today to surpass batistuta’s record as well…lets hope he doesnt get carried away by his personal accolade though..* fingers crossed*

  31. To all the L’Albiceleste fans in the US I know I’m sure you’ve been taking a lot of shit for the past few days, keep strong. For I know you’ll feel the victory more sweeter for what has been said in the past few days. Vamos Argentina, has taken la Victoria sempre.

  32. Let’s go Argentina! 1.5 hours left, trying to leave work early so I don’t miss kick off. Argentina has the talent they just need to come out and show it. I think Messi and higuain will have another brilliant night.

  33. If messi was an American (USMT) player or an English player their media would have anointed him the GOAT a long time ago…I mean every where it’s messi vs USA …As if its 1 man vs 11 he is a once in a generation player and my favourite player but the media is sicken s me with them over hyping what is …which is Argentina vs USA…can be certain most the guys writing about messi don’t know the other members of the Argentinian squad …twits …buuut found this a good read

    6 hours to go …its 0115 here in Sri lanka and just cannot sleep …

  34. Relax all Argentina supporters. It is going to be great game for us. To be a champion you need to fear no one. It is going to be bussenies as usual for us.

  35. With Lavezzi starting I’m expecting Argentina to press high for the first part of the game. I think Martino is gambling that we will score early and allow Biglia or maybe Lamela to slow the game down in the second half. Veremos…

  36. I wish I had the same confidence as everyone else here…..
    I am stressed chronically here!!
    Another worry is at times we get complacent in the opening 10 minutes. We try to dictate the rhythm at our own pace. My worry is USA could press high from the go. If this happens then we get agitated.
    Need to score early to put the onus on the usa team.

    • I was nervous about the last game, but I’m not worried about this one. I have been watching the US team through the tournament, and they are not playing super well. This could be a close game, but I don’t the the US have what it takes to win.

  37. Man I can’t wait! Only 12 more hours. If we can score early, could end 3-1 or 3-0. I’m really hoping not to have 0-0 at half. We need to avoid PK as necessary. From Klinsmann interview he states they will play their game and attack. They are not going to change their style. If that’s true, Argentina should see the scoring chances flood in. Vamps Argentina!!

  38. We need an early goal again. KO stage an early goal will is very crucial for the stronger team. I understand there is no extra time at this COPA, that can complicate things if we don’t score early. But I have a feeling it’s gonna be Messi game tonight.

  39. The USMNT have 2 advantages here, namely the home team advantage and the 2 extra days of rest so I think they’ll give our boys a run for their money but the albicelestes are now at their peak in terms of personnel, depth and confidence and their biggest opponent is potentially themselves so I have faith that Argentina will go through tomorrow but our boys are gonna have to be ready to do real battle!

    • That 2 days of extra rest is their biggest advantage, even over the home advantage. But, if we keep the ball, and a clean sheet in first half, we can do very well in the second half. But in this tournament, we always score early, I hope we will.

    • The US team has 2 more days of rest, but don’t forget Argentina rested almost all starters in the Bolivia match where the US team played all 4 matches with their starters.

      The home crowd will be supporting the US team, but there is also a big group of Messi supporters in USA.

  40. Albiceleste is in high spirit, di maria and Gaitan absence is not a big things compared with the US missed its 3 starter players. Tata playing scheme and subs did work well this time, the players have a excellent team spirit and enjoy every single match. Lavezzi tireless and horsepower style is benefit and much needed, Lamela at last is playing more comfortably with good penetration and passing at N/T. Higuain with its two goal on his last game should be more confidence to score. Banega is the central midplayers who bring the balance between attack and def, hopefully he can stay with his form and alongwith Augusto can place Messi focus on attacking; the match will be hard for both teams; but with Messi and everyone can score Argentina will reach the final, this is Albiceleste best moment to lift the Copa trophy again.

  41. Lavezzi starting is probably a good idea, his tireless running and direct approach could prove useful against an athletic and physical team like USA. Lamela should get about 15-20 minutes.

    • I still don’t see this physicality about the USMNT you guys keep on talking about. Bradley, Beckerman, Zardes, Yedlin and Dempsey are all feeble players. John Brooks is maybe the only physical player in the USMNT starting XI. The USMNT is not more physical than Panama or Venezuela. This whole physical argument is a joke. The USMNT strength will be the speed of DeAndre Yedlin and Zardes given they will barely get possession of the ball. If you watch the game against Ecuador, you will see that the USMNT is also weak on crosses. Enner Valencia was so bad that day,I can see why he is a West Ham player, a team mate of one of Mundo favorite player.

      • “This whole physical argument is a joke.”

        Whatever you say, jefe πŸ™‚ USA is a team of ballerinas, a la Pastore

        Lavezzi would be useful regardless.

        • My point is, you guys make it seems like Argentina was playing against some feeble players in the other Copa games. Chile was quick and they press a lot. Panama was physical, quick and dirty, MMA style dirty πŸ™‚ The USMNT won’t be able to top what Argentina had to face against Chile and Panama.

          • I really hope it’ll be a piece of cake for our boys like you seem to imply, I really do πŸ™‚

            By the way, Mascherano and Tevez played for West Ham once upon a time.

  42. USA will be tough for Argentina.. Klingsmen is ready to beat them..messi will show nothing against them..they r more stronger than Argentina.. So semifinal will be the last game for messi and co this copa…

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