Argentina, Chile Get Ready to Face Off in Copa América Final

Argentina v Chile: Group D - Copa America Centenario
Players of Argentina and Chile walk onto the field before a group D match between Argentina and Chile at Levi's Stadium as part of Copa America Centenario US 2016 on June 06, 2016 in Santa Clara, California, USBrian Bahr / LatinContent/Getty Images

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By Darek Michael Wajda

Soccer fans are getting what they asked for, a repeat of last year’s final.

Fútbol aficionados are eagerly anticipating watching Argentina and Chile battle it out once again, this time for this year’s historic 100th La Copa América final game on Sunday, June 26.

Chile defeated Argentina last year after a nerve-wracking full 90 minutes that led to a penalty shoot-out, where the Chileans won 4-1.

Making this rematch possible wasn’t the easiest path for both teams. Chile was off to a rough start after they ironically lost their first group play match 2-1 to Argentina.

Argentina has already beat Chile once during this tournament but momentum seems to have shifted after the first match. In a rare rematch, the red-hot Chileans seem to have everything going in their favor.

Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina scores a goal on a free kick in the first half against the United States during a 2016 Copa America Centenario Semifinal match at NRG Stadium on June 21, 2016 in Houston, TexasBob Levey / Getty Images

The first semifinal match was between Argentina and the United States. The Argentinians were off to a tremendous start after Argentina captain and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi lifted the ball over the U.S. defense allowing teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi to loft the ball with his head into the back of the net.

Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina interacts with a fan who ran onto the field prior to the start of the second half during a 2016 Copa America Centenario Semifinal match between Argentina and the United States at NRG Stadium on June 21, 2016 in Houston, TexasBob Levey / Getty Images

Messi later netted his 55th goal for his country, breaking the all-time goal scoring record for Argentina. The free kick, from 25 yards out, skyrocketed into the top corner of the U.S. net, leaving soccer fans in awe. Argentina later had two players come off due to injury but finished strong to win 4-0 after two late goals from forward Gonzalo Higuain.

The second semifinal match was one that was filled with action, goals, and oddly enough, over two hours of weather delay. The semifinal that took place in Chicago saw fans evacuated due to extreme weather over the stadium.

General view of Soldier Field in a rain delay during a semi-final match between Colombia and Chile in the 2016 Copa America Centernario on June 22, 2016 in Chicago, IllinoisStacy Revere / Getty Images

Even after the long leg-stiffening delay, Chile continued its stride, feeding off their thunderous quarterfinal win over Mexico, to beat the Colombians, who failed to create and clear chances, 2-0 with two well-earned first half goals. Chile’s goals came from midfielders Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida in the first half.

Chile's players celebrate a goal against Colombia during a Copa America Centenario semifinal football match in Chicago, Illinois, United States, on June 22, 2016TASOS KATOPODIS / AFP/Getty Images

Soccer fans are in for an exciting Copa America Final as Argentina is ready to leave everything on the field as they search for their first major tournament trophy in over 20 years.

The much-anticipated final will be played on Sunday June 26 in East Rutherford, New Jersey at MetLife stadium at 8pET.

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