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Lionel Messi and Argentina head to New York for 2016 Copa America final with Chile 

Argentina were in high spirits as they flew from Houston to the New York City area for their 2016 Copa America Cententario final date with Chile.

Argentina defeated host nation the United States 4-0 in the semifinal round to advance to the final on Sunday.

Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero posted pictures of themselves and the squad relaxing on the plane which whisked them from Texas to the east coast.

The Argentina squad are excited to take on Chile in the 2016 Copa America final – a re-match of the 2015 final 

Sergio Aguero (left) and Lionel Messi pass the time with a cup of mate - a strong tea popular in Argentina 

Sergio Aguero (left) and Lionel Messi pass the time with a cup of mate – a strong tea popular in Argentina 

Aguero wishes Messi a happy birthday...and jokes with him abut starting his special day in a minibus

Aguero wishes Messi a happy birthday…and jokes with him abut starting his special day in a minibus

Later, Aguero posted another picture of him an Messi on their way from the airport to the team base ahead of the final.

The match is to take place at Met Life stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and kicks off at 8:00 pm local time.

The game is a re-match of the 2015 Copa America final in Santiago, Chile, which the home side won on penalties.

Argentina have not won a major senior title since lifting the Copa America title in 1993, and are desperate to get revenge on their neighbours.

Following losses in last year’s Copa final and in the World Cup 2014 final, Argentina are under massive pressure to get a result.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona had some definitive words for the team.

Ezequiel Lavezzi gave Argentina the lead in Tuesday's semi-final against Copa America hosts USA

Ezequiel Lavezzi gave Argentina the lead in Tuesday’s semi-final against Copa America hosts USA

Messi made the United Stated pay for a foul by scoring from the 25-yard set-piece to double their lead

Messi made the United Stated pay for a foul by scoring from the 25-yard set-piece to double their lead

COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO FINAL 

Who: Argentina v Chile

When: Sunday, 26 June

Where: Met Life Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ

Kick-off time: 8:00PM local time (1:00AM on 27.06 in the UK) 

‘If you don’t win, don’t come back,’ he said.

‘If they play anything like they did against the United States on Tuesday, that shouldn’t be a problem.

The team atop the current FIFA rankings thrashed the hosts, going ahead on three minutes through Ezequiel Lavezzi and doubling the lead before the half was out after a free-kick wonder goal from Messi.

Gonzalo Higuain added a second-half brace to bury the hapless Americans.

Chile reached the final after beating Colombia 2-0 on the other side of the draw.

Argentina will enter the final as favourites – they beat Chile in the opening match of the group stage 2-1.

Angel di Maria and Ever Banega each scored early in the second half scored to put Argentina up 2-0; Jose Pedro Fuenzalida’s goal for Chile didn’t come until deep into injury time.

Messi wheels away in celebration after scoring a stunning free-kick for Argentina on Tuesday night

Messi wheels away in celebration after scoring a stunning free-kick for Argentina on Tuesday night

Messi was promptly mobbed by his team-mates as his strike set a new Argentine goalscoring record of 55

Messi was promptly mobbed by his team-mates as his strike set a new Argentine goalscoring record of 55

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