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Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore's contributions to the variety and depth of their attack at the Copa America includes his ability to link up with Lionel Messi, even if it means acting like a post.

Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore's contributions to the variety and depth of their attack at the Copa America includes his ability to link up with Lionel Messi, even if it means acting like a post.

Pastore has slotted into the side that finished runners-up at the 2014 World Cup and helped them reach a second successive Copa America final against hosts Chile tonight.

Former Argentina midfielder Diego Latorre, now a football commentator and blog writer, called Pastore "the link that was missing" to make Gerardo Martino's team fire on all cylinders. Pastore was, Messi aside, Argentina's stand-out player in their 6-1 semi-final demolition of Paraguay in a team Martino wants to see taking the game constantly to the opposition.

"I try to give the final pass to (Sergio) Aguero and (Angel) Di Maria for them to finish," Pastore said.

"With Leo it's different, at speed you're useful as a post, you just have to pivot (the ball back) when he comes along fast. It's good to find each other in some parts of the field to make the most of (Messi's) speed and game," the PSG midfielder said.

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