Copa Amer­ica cham­pi­ons Chile set to face Euro 2016 win­ner

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LONDON—CONMEBOL and UEFA are in dis­cus­sions to set up a match be­tween the Euro 2016 win­ner and Copa Amer­ica cham­pi­ons Chile.

Copa Amer­ica Cen­te­nario cham­pi­ons Chile could face the Euro 2016 win­ners in a one-off game, ac­cord­ing to CONMEBOL pres­i­dent Ale­jan­dro Dominguez.

Chile se­cured back-to-back Copa tri­umphs after de­feat­ing Ar­gentina in the spe­cial-edi­tion Cen­te­nario tour­na­ment on Sun­day, held in the United States.

While Chile’s 2015 ti­tle al­ready con­firmed their spot in the 2017 Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup, Dominguez re­vealed there has been a pro­posal sub­mit­ted to UEFA for a game against the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons.

How­ever the game is sub­ject to the sched­ule of both na­tions, with Chile set for World Cup qual­i­fiers in the com­ing months.

“We have re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse from UEFA about a match be­tween the Copa Amer­ica and Euro cham­pi­ons,” Dominguez posted via his of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count. “We will study a vi­able date to set.” The match will serve as a pre­lude to the Artemio Franchi Tro­phy, which is set to make its re­turn in 2018.

The tour­na­ment has been held twice be­fore (1985, 1993) be­tween the win­ners of the Copa and Euros.

France de­feated Uruguay 2-0 in the maiden tour­na­ment, be­fore Ar­gentina edged Den­mark in a penalty shoot-out eight years later.

The 2018 edi­tion, to be held in Mi­lan, will fea­ture 2015 Copa cham­pi­ons Chile and run­ners-up Ar­gentina against the Euro 2016 win­ners and los­ing fi­nal­ist.—AFP

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