The country of Venezuela seems to always be in the headlines in recent times for the economic and political problems the country is facing, but June 18 will see the country come to the fore for all right reasons. NESN reports Venezuela will come up against arguably the world’s best soccer player and striker in Lionel Messi and his Argentina side in the quarterfinal of the Copa America.
The two sides will meet at New England’s Gillette Stadium as Argentina look to continue what would seem to be a march towards the final of the competition, which has been made a little easier by the early elimination of traditional rivals Brazil. Argentina came top of their group with a perfect record of three wins from three; in contrast, sports analyst Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa says the Venezuelan team has made their way to a quarterfinal meeting with Argentina with seven points from a possible nine. Venezuela were forced to meet Argentina when their goal difference was calculated to be two goals worse than that of group topping Mexico.
The tournament is being held on U.S. soil as part of the centenary celebrations for the competition, which according to Adrian Velasquez will continue with the winner of the Argentina – Venezuela game facing the winner of the Ecuador – U.S. game for a spot in the final.