Chile's defender Gary Medel tries to clear the ball only to score an own goal during the 2015 Copa America football championship semi-final match against Peru, in Santiago, on June 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO
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The Copa America final between Argentina and hosts Chile could turn into a showdown between Lionel Messi's brilliance and the combative Gary Medel, whose "Pitbull" nickname perfectly sums up his style.The well-traveled defensive midfielder Medel will have the near-impossible job of controlling Messi "The Flea" in Saturday's clash between two teams, archrivals who are each desperate for Copa success. Messi danced around Paraguay's defenders as Argentina fired six goals past them in the semifinal this week. Argentina captain Messi has now gone more than 900 minutes without scoring a goal from open play in an international game. Canadian newspapers said that Medel was shot in the back with a taser.
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