This Thursday 19 July, the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto is set to host an all-South American affair, with CONMEBOL's two remaining representatives Chile and Argentina going head-to-head for a place in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Final.
Both teams have recorded four wins and one draw at the tournament thus far, with the redoubtable Chilean defence having yet to concede a single goal. At the quarter-final stage, La Rojita powered past Nigeria 4-0, while Argentina were made to sweat for their 1-0 win over Mexico.
Argentina have no players suspended, although a muscular injury keeps Damian Escudero out of contention. There is better news for Mauro Zarate, though, who has overcome a knee problem and is fit to play. Talismanic defender Arturo Vidal returns for Chile after a one-game suspension, but Christian Sepulveda misses out after picking up two yellow cards.
Argentina and Chile have never played each other at a FIFA U-20 World Cup. They have, however, faced off three times in South American qualifying, with one win for the Albicelestes and two draws. The last of these, a 0-0 stalemate, took place on 23 January this year in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion.
The Argentinian front-line, led by the tournament's joint top scorer Sergio El Kun Aguero, are determined to become the first to beat La Rojita keeper Cristopher Toselli at Canada 2007. Toselli has now gone 480 minutes without conceding a goal, and five more would see him break the record set by Brazil legend Claudio Taffarel back in 1985.
"We're not going to underestimate Chile, who have performed very well at this tournament. But I don't think they're going to be as attack-minded against us as they were against Nigeria. They'll be a bit more cautious. Even so, I'm not concerned because I've got faith in our ability and attacking prowess." Sergio Aguero, Argentina forward.
"We've achieved something special in reaching the semi-finals, but we'll only go down in history if we can get our hands on the trophy. We're only thinking about winning the title, third or fourth place is not an option. We know Argentina well, they are our last obstacle before the final." Mauricio Isla, Chile midfielder.