Copa America: Serie A stars prepare Argentina v Brazil

The Copa America Final is tonight between Brazil and Argentina, with many Serie A players expected to play at the Maracana.

It kicks off in Rio de Janeiro at 01.00 UK time and, despite the COVID-19 crisis in the country, 7,800 fans will be allowed into the stadium, which is still only 10 per cent capacity.

This is the second consecutive Copa America Final for Brazil, while Argentina needed penalties to get past Colombia in the semi-final.

The two squads are packed with Serie A talent, although Atalanta defender Cristian Romero won’t be taking part due to an injury.

La Seleccion can count on Inter striker Lautaro Martinez, former Atalanta star Papu Gomez, Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul and Fiorentina defender German Pezzella.

Lucas Martinez Quarta of Fiorentina and Lazio winger Joaquin Correa are on the bench.

Lionel Messi, still without a squad following the expiry of his Barcelona contract, is hoping to finally win something with Argentina.

As for Brazil, Juventus defender Danilo is expected to start at right-back, while Renan Lodi is likely to retain his place on the left even if Alex Sandro is passed fully fit.

Former Milan flop Lucas Paqueta has impressed at the tournament so far and should help support Neymar.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is suspended after his extraordinary karate kick in the quarter-final earned a two-match ban.

Probable line-ups

Argentina: Martínez; Nahuel, Pezzella, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Rodriguez, Lo Celso, Gonzalez; Messi, Lautaro

Brazil: Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Lodi; Fred, Casemiro, Paquetá; Everton, Richarlison, Neymar