Copa America Today: Messi-less Argentina faces Chile; Panama, Bolivia meet


The fourth day of Copa America Centenario matches finds the final group to open tournament play.

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Group D holds favorites Argentina and Chile, as well as long shots Bolivia and Panama.

Essential reading: Matt Reed has a tactical plan for the USMNT to get by Costa Rica.

ICYMI: Uruguay’s team bemused when stadium plays Chile’s national anthem by mistake. … Mexico looks great, and Uruguay is missing Luis Suarez. … Venezuela topped Jamaica.

Game 7: Panama vs. Bolivia

When: Monday, 7 p.m. ET

Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Live updates:

How this will go is anyone’s guess. Panama will be favored, if only slightly, but hasn’t played a high level of competition this year before a 2-0 loss to Brazil on May 29. Bolivia has played a very strong batch of opponents but only has wins over Venezuela (2) and Ecuador.

Game 8: Argentina vs. Chile

When: Monday, 10 p.m. ET

Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Live updates:

Lionel Messi won’t be ready to play in Argentina’s biggest match of the group, a rematch of the 2015 final won by Chile in penalty kicks. Chile is struggling, though, having lost a home World Cup qualifier 2-1 on March 24 to Argentina, part of a 1W-4L stretch. Will no Messi be enough to tip the scales for Alexis Sanchez and Co.?