Australia's Copa America 2020 campaign to include clash with Lionel Messi's Argentina

Ross Houston
December 4, 2019

Here is the completed draw for next year's Copa America which will be joint host by &.

The Socceroos will tackle global superstar Lionel Messi and Argentina at next year's Copa America after Australia were drawn alongside the co-hosts.

That means Australia will play their five group stages matches in Argentina against the two-time World Cup champions, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay. Argentina, despite not winning the trophy since 1993, could equal that total this summer.

The quadrennial event will run through July 12 with the final in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Argentina and Colombia were chosen as hosts after South American football's governing body CONMEBOL turned down an offer from the United States Soccer Federation to hold an expanded 16-team edition of the Copa America.

Australia is one of two guest nations competing in the tournament, along with Qatar.

In Group B, Asian champions Qatar, the other guest nation, will face Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru, with all games taking place in Colombia.

Argentina will open next year's tournament against Chile at El Monumental on 12 June, it was revealed on Tuesday.

So Argentina is placed in Group A alongside & (as invitee).

Four teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Argentina have not won the tournament since 1993 while Colombia have lifted the trophy only once - when they hosted it in 2001. From that point on, single-elimination takes place.

Scaloni hopes 32-year-old Messi, who will again be aiming to win his first senior worldwide trophy, plays beyond the 2020 Copa.

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