Football: Argentina, Chile face rematch after Copa draw

Lionel Messi and his teammates will be facing Chile in Group D of the Copa America Centenario.
Lionel Messi and his teammates will be facing Chile in Group D of the Copa America Centenario.PHOTO: REUTERS

(AFP) - Lionel Messi and Argentina were given a chance for revenge on Sunday after being drawn against reigning Copa America champions Chile in the group stage for this summer's special centenary edition of the tournament.

Argentina suffered an agonising defeat to Chile in the climax of last June's tournament in Santiago as their major championship drought continued.

However, Messi and his teammates have the opportunity to strike back at Chile after being drawn alongside their South American rivals in Group D.

The Copa America Centenario is taking place outside South America for the first time this year to mark 100 years of the world's oldest international football tournament.

Ten cities across the United States will host games from June 3-26 in the 16-team tournament, which features 10 sides from South America and six from the CONCACAF region.

Argentina's clash with Chile was the standout fixture from Sunday's draw at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. Panama and Bolivia complete Group D.

Five-time world champions Brazil were given what looked like a straightforward passage into the knockout rounds, with Ecuador, Haiti and Peru forming their opposition in Group B.

Host United States will kick off the tournament against Colombia in the opening match on June 3 at Super Bowl venue Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.