It's a big day in Argentina today with the first two quarter finals of the Copa America being played in Cordoba and Santa Fe.
Colombia go into their quarter final against Peru at the Mario Kempes stadium confident that they can actually win the tournament; something that is certainly no stretch of the imagination given their performances in the tournament so far.
Colombia kick off against Peru at 4pm local time (8pm in the UK and 9pm in Central Europe)
Argentina and Uruguay meanwhile pair up for the most famous Copa America rivalry of all. Honours are even in the previous meetings, with each side winning 13 of their previous Copa encounters. With Batista choosing to stick with the same attacking line up that defeated Costa Rica, will the Argentines ultimately be exposed in midfield, where they have looked paper thin at times.
Argentina are fortunate to still be in the Copa America after a dreadful performance against Columbia.
There was a much improved atmosphere from the opening match in La Plata with noisy fans in the terraces behind each goal at the Colon Santa Fe stadium upping the sound levels and painting the ground blue and white prior to kick off.
Argentine manager Batista decided to stick with the seemingly out of form Lavezzi despite having the likes of Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Milito on the bench; players that would surely make the starting line-ups in most national teams.
The game should have been over by half time, with Ramos missing from six yards out and then Moreno guilty of the miss of the season as he failed to side foot the ball into an empty Argentine net from just 10 yards out. It was the kind of miss that should have galvanised Argentina but, aside from Lavezzi's one-on-one chance with the Columbian keeper, it was a solid and well-drilled Columbia that continually threatened to steal the points with chance after chance; Argentina's Sergio Romero and some disappointing finishing the difference in the end between Argentina remaining in the Copa America.
The Columbian man-of-the-match must surely have been central midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who played Lionel Messi out of the game, barking like a terrier at Messi's heels every time the world's number one had the ball. On this evidence Sanchez will be snapped up from French football by one of the top European clubs.
The match ended 0-0 with Argentina booed off the pitch and Batitusta openly abused by the Santa Fe fans. Argentina look short of ideas and ended the match with four strikers in a puzzling line-up that lacked balance and a midfield ball winner. They will likely need to beat Costa Rica by several goals in their last group game to have any chance of progressing to the quarter finals.
(C) Justin Walley & morethanagame.info
Copa America 2011
A blog from the 2011 Copa America and road trip around Argentina.