Argentina will try to avoid the embarrassment of being eliminated before the knockout round in Copa America when they face a hapless Costa Rica squad in Cordoba.

Argentina, the home country, is led by Lionel Messi, one of the world's best players, but who has struggled with his home nation.

Costa Rica didn't send its best team to the tournament and were considered longshots to advance to the knockout stage going into the tournament. Argentina were considered the favorites.

The game starts at 8:45 eastern time (New York).