Argentina to Face Chile in 2020 Copa America Opener

Messi and Argentina await Socceroos at Copa America

Qatar played in the Copa America 2019 and despite losing two of their three matches, proved a tough team, ensuring that they won't be a surprise package in their second appearance in the upcoming matches in 2020.

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

However, Australia - playing at their first Copa America - were drawn into Group A, which features Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay.

The other teams in the two groups had already been determined based on geographical proximity to co-hosts Argentina and Colombia, which are separated by some 4,350 miles (7,000 kilometers). "Hopefully not", the Argentina coach told reporters.

The mascot of the Copa America 2020, Pibe, presents the official ball of the football tournament during the championship's draw at the Convention Centre in Cartagena, Colombia. Argentina, despite not winning the trophy since 1993, could equal that total this summer.

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

Qatar played in this year's Copa along with Japan, drawing their opening group match but failing to get past the group stage. Eight teams, or the top four from each group, make it through to the quarterfinals.

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

Chile scored back-to-back victories over Argentina in the finals of the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.

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