Skip to content

Copa America 2015: Chile v Peru and Argentina v Paraguay preview

View of the Copa America 2015 logo, at the Quinta Vergara in Vina del Mar, Chile, on November 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BERNETTI        (Photo credit shou

We preview the Copa America semi-finals between hosts Chile and Peru and Argentina and Paraguay.

With defending champions Uruguay and Brazil both bowing out at the quarter-final stage, Chile and Argentina are now the firm favourites to reach the final in Santiago on Saturday.

Hosts Chile meet Peru in the first semi-final on Tuesday morning before Argentina face Brazil's conquerors Paraguay on Wednesday morning.

Chile v Peru (June 30, 00:30)

After coming through a bad-tempered quarter-final with Uruguay, it would be a huge disappointment for Chile if their 'Golden Generation' did not overcome Peru and reach their first Copa America final in 28 years.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side have arguably looked the best team at the tournament and are odds-on to beat Los Incas.

However, they will be forced into a reshuffle at the back for the semi-final after defender Gonzalo Jara was banned for three matches for his off-the-ball clash with Edinson Cavani.

More from Copa America 2015

Uruguay's forward  Edinson Cavani (L) and Chile's defender Gonzalo Jara gesture during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match
Image: Gonzalo Jara (R) could be suspended for semi-final.

The 29-year-old was booked at at the time for appearing to grab Cavani's bottom and Uruguay lodged a complaint with CONMEBOL which resulted in a suspension.

Jara's absence could cause Chile a problem against a Peru side who looked impressive in beating Bolivia 3-1.

Paolo Guerrero grabbed all three goals in the win and Peru's Juan Manuel Vargas has already started the war of words ahead of the 'Clasico del Pacifico'.

"Against them we have to play our own game. I've already played against Alexis (Sanchez) and (Eduardo) Vargas and they are not anything special," he told reporters.

Chile have won nine of their previous 10 meetings with Peru but did lose the last competitive match, a World Cup qualifier in 2013.

Argentina v Paraguay (July 1, 00:30)

While Chile and Peru came through their quarter-finals in 90 minutes, Argentina and Paraguay both needed penalties to see off Colombia and Brazil respectively.

The South American neighbours will now meet in Concepcion for the second time in the tournament following their 2-2 draw in the group stage.

On that occasion, Argentina looked to be heading for victory at half-time as they led 2-0 but Paraguay fought back to claim a share of the spoils.

Paraguay's players celebrate after defeating Brazil in the penalty shoot-out of their 2015 Copa America
Image: Paraguay's players celebrate after beating Brazil on penalties.

La Albirroja, who were beaten finalists in 2011, also showed their battling qualities to come from behind against Brazil in the quarter-finals.

"We have played Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil and none of them have been able to beat us so you have to have a lot of respect for this team," said Paraguay head coach Ramon Diaz.

While Diaz also labelled Argentina as the "best national team in the world", they have scored just four goals in their four matches and their talisman Lionel Messi has looked below his brilliant best.

The Barcelona star reportedly refused to collect his man-of-the-match award in the group stage draw with Paraguay as he was so angry with the final result.

All eyes will again by on the 28-year-old to see if he can move a step closer to winning his first major trophy with Argentina.

Follow both semi-finals via our live blogs at or via the Sky Sports apps.

Around Sky