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Argentina edge Jamaica to make the last eight

Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis played the full 90 minutes as Argentina claimed a place in the Copa America quarter finals following a narrow victory over Jamaica.

Demichelis was given his first start of the tournament by Gerardo Martino whereas Zabaleta made his second appearance.

Sergio Aguero was an unused sub - presumably rested following a knock to the shoulder sustained whilst scoring the winner against Uruguay in midweek - as the Albiceleste made hard work of a stubborn Jamaica side, but ultimately did just enough to finish top of Group B.

The Copa America favourites had only Gonzalo Higuain's early goal to show for their attacking efforts as Jamaica refused to give-in to the inevitable blue and white onslaught that never truly materialised.

The Napoli striker latched on to Angel Di Maria’s pass and slotted home after just 11 minutes.

Having conceded only once in previous tournament defeats by Uruguay and Paraguay, the Reggae Boyz belied their status as whipping boys once more in Vina del Mar with a plucky defensive performance.

Despite plenty of huff and puff, Lionel Messi was unable to mark his 100th cap with a goal with chances to add sparkle to an otherwise stuttering display from Gerardo Martino's side were kept to a premium.

Next up for City’s three amigos will likely be either Ecuador, Peru or Venezuela back at Vina del Mar in the last eight on Friday.

Fernandinho and Brazil are in action this evening against Venezuela as Group C is anyones’ for the taking. We’ll let you know how that one plays out tomorrow morning.

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