Copa America Preview: Mexico vs. Chile

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By Rafael

Mexico travel to the capital of Chile to face the hosts in their second game of the 2015 Copa America, but it will be without captain Rafael Marquez, who limped off in the second half of Mexico’s opening match.

The veteran Mexican defender picked up a thigh injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the group stage.

El Tri come into this game after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Bolivia. Now Mexico will need to earn at least a win from their last two games to have any hope of reaching the quarter-finals.

However, question marks on the defensive end aren’t the only thing bothering Miguel Herrera following Marquez’s injury. Up front, Herrera may look to shuffle around his pieces, with Raul Jimenez starting in place of Eduardo Herrera.

On the other hand, Chile arrive to this game after a victorious 2-0 debut against Ecuador. After some initial struggles, Jorge Sampaoli’s side looked shrewd on the attack, with Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez leading the way for the Chileans.

Despite the circumstances, Chile defender Gonzalo Jara remains weary of the Mexican threat: “We need to get better with every coming game. Mexico is a very difficult team”

“After every game, every team is improving and we know it won’t be easy. We are in a tough group,” the Mainz 05 player added.

A win on Monday could be enough to catapult Chile to a place in the next round, but for them, the Copa America title is the real objective.

Like in the 2014 World Cup, it is up to Mexico to spoil the host’s party and there won’t be a better chance for El Tri to turn their fans’ opening game dissatisfaction into joy.

Where to watch: Monday, June 15, 7:30pm EST, beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Español


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About Rafael Diaz

Fan of good futbol. Rafa runs when he is not busy watching Arsenal drop points away to Stoke.