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Lionel Messi's men can claim third place

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Argentina have argued that poor refereeing contributed to their 2-0 loss to Brazil in the Copa America semi-finals, but they can dust themselves down and finish third by defeating Chile in Sao Paulo.

It has been a disappointing tournament for Argentina, who still don't seem to be making the most of their immense attacking talent.

However, there were positives to take from the loss to Brazil because it was probably their best performance of the tournament.

They won the shot count 14 to four but failed to take their chances with Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi striking the woodwork.

The big positive after the match was the reaction of Messi, who reaffirmed his long-term commitment to the national team.

It seems likely Messi will stay in the side and his quality could unhinge Chile, who may still be smarting from a surprise 3-0 loss to Peru in the semi-finals.

The draw had opened up for the holders, who finished second in Group C following a 1-0 loss to Uruguay.

However, it has became clear that Chile are a pale shadow of the side who triumphed in 2016 and they are likely to suffer their third defeat of the competition.


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Hoffenheim have made a poor start to the Bundesliga season under new coach Alfred Schreuder and have failed to score in three of their opening four games but could still threaten on their trip to Wolfsburg, who have lost just one of their last 13 home matches but kept only one clean sheet in their last eight games on their own patch. Wolfsburg should justify favouritism as Wout Weghorst and Josip Brekalo have both hit the ground running but Hoffenheim scored in all 17 away games last term.