It’s the United States vs. Argentina in Tuesday’s Copa América semifinal in Houston after the Argentines beat Venezuela 4-1 on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass., behind two goals from Gonzalo Higuaín, one from Lionel Messi and one from Erik Lamela. Venezuela had a chance to get back in their quarterfinal just before halftime, but a failed panenka attempt on a penalty kick thwarted the Vinotino’s momentum, and Argentina rolled to the result.
After the quarterfinal win over Venezuela, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino had a little grumble about the fact that the hosts had an extra day’s rest before the showdown in Houston.
True, after the opening win against Chile, Argentina have been able to coast a little bit, rationing out the exertions of their stars. The U.S., meanwhile, lost their first match against Colombia and have had to battle their way through a series of “cup finals” ever since.