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Copa America quarterfinals: Messi vs. James again

Copa America quarterfinals: Messi vs. James again

Posted by PanamericanWorld on June 24, 2015

Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez are about to meet again. They've left their clubs behind — Barcelona and Real Madrid — and this time Messi is wearing Argentina's blue and white and Rodriguez the red, blue and yellow of Colombia.

Of the four quarterfinals this week in the Copa America, Argentina vs. Colombia on Friday is the most compelling. Argentina has won this title 14 times and, with Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, has the most talented attack in the game.

Colombia's James Rodriguez runs with the ball to take a corner kick during a Copa America Group C soccer match against Peru at the Bicentenario German Becker stadium in Temuco, Chile, Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Colombia has won this title only once. But it's probably South America's fastest rising power, has an Argentine coach in Jose Pekerman and its own set of talented scorers including Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez.

In other quarterfinals it's Chile vs. Uruguay on Wednesday, Bolivia vs. Peru on Thursday and Brazil vs. Paraguay on Saturday.

The South American championship is a mini-World Cup. Five of the quarterfinalists reached the last 16 in Brazil's World Cup. Three reached the quarterfinals and Argentina was the losing finalist against Germany.

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