RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Defending champion Brazil could have the smoothest path to the ultimate of the Copa America match it’s internet hosting.
The most popular competitors could possibly be on the opposite aspect of the draw, the place arch rivals Argentina and Uruguay have the prospect to fulfill within the semifinals.
The knockout stage of the Copa America was finalized Tuesday after the final two matches in Group A.
Argentina beat Bolivia 4-1 to make sure it completed atop the group, establishing a recreation towards Ecuador within the quarterfinals.
Ecuador is but to win within the match, however held Brazil to a 1-1 draw on Sunday and is in third place in South American World Cup qualifiers.
“We have now the utmost respect for Ecuador, they’ve confirmed to be , younger and dynamic workforce that can positive give us a battle,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni mentioned.
If Lionel Messi’s lineup beats Ecuador, coached by Argentine Gustavo Alfaro, its semifinal will probably be towards both Uruguay or Colombia. That head-to-head showdown has produced nice encounters lately, together with Colombia’s 2-0 win within the Spherical of 16 on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
On Monday, Uruguay scheduled the following chapter between the 2 nationwide groups with a 1-0 victory towards Paraguay. The one aim of the match got here from the spot with veteran Edinson Cavani.
“We grew because the Copa superior,” Uruguay coach Óscar Tabárez mentioned. “We would have liked to win and we wanted to enhance our recreation, each issues are taking place.”
Uruguay has 15 Copa America titles, the latest being in 2011. Argentina has 14, however has had a a trophy drought since 1993.
Brazil is aiming for a tenth South American championship title.
Essentially the most rapid problem for Neymar’s Brazilian lineup will probably be Chile’s ageing workforce.
Chile’s solely win to this point within the match has been towards Bolivia however it could be strengthened by a possible recall for striker Alexis Sanchez, who missed the group stage as a consequence of harm.
A win towards Chile on Friday will put Brazil to face both Peru or Paraguay within the semifinals. Each groups lately misplaced to the Selecao with out providing a lot resistance.
On June 8, shortly earlier than Copa America started, Neymar’s workforce gained 2-0 at Paraguay in a World Cup qualifying match. Days later, Brazil crushed Peru 4-0 within the group stage of Copa America.
Brazil additionally has the benefit of getting all its potential knockout mates in Rio, near its Granja Comary coaching floor in Teresopolis. The ultimate is ready for July 10.
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