Whatever happens on Thursday, Chile will haunt this generation of Argentinian players for ever.
Arsène Wenger has warned the Football Federation of Chile that Alexis Sánchez could spend up to three months on the sidelines if he is risked in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.
Alexis Sánchez could miss pivotal matches for Arsenal after suffering a calf tear while on international duty with Chile.
Eric Dier was one of the few England players to escape the post-Iceland wreckage without scathing criticism, yet he was also quick to put his hands up and admit it will be a long time before the scars are healed.
Football is strange.
This was to have been the match that sealed Lionel Messi’s legacy.
A more than two-hour delay caused by a storm in Chicago meant this game did not finish until after 11.15pm local time. On a late night, Chile did their most important work early on, sealing a place in the Copa América Centenario final with two quick goals and defending well enough to frustrate a fitful Colombia.
Argentina is a country that loves a dichotomy. Its entire history is the story of opposing poles: unitarian against federalist, Peronist against anti-Peronist, menottista against bilardista. On Wednesday, in the Copa America semi-final, will be played out the latest battle between the two predominant schools of the modern Argentinian game.