Last Monday, 28th, the previous matches from Group A of Copa America took place, and consequently, the end of the first phase of the tournament. Two duels stirred the Brazilian fields in this group stage’s finale. Argentina confirmed the leadership of the group by finally unleashing their attack. On the other hand, the victory against Bolivia gave first place to the Argentinians, who now face Ecuador. The Bolivians, on the other hand, are out of the knockout stage.
At the same time, the Uruguayans went in to close out the group stage and earned three more points against Paraguay. However, Uruguay has a continental classic ahead of them, facing Colombia. The Paraguayans, on the other hand, will open the quarterfinals against Peru.
Finally, already qualified previously, Chile, fourth in Group A, did not play in the final round. However, they did know their opponents in the next game. La Roja will face Brazil, the team to beat in the tournament. The Copa America quarter finals will start next Friday, July 2nd, and will be completed on Saturday, July 3rd.
Chile faces the best attack of the tournament in the quarterfinals
After the victory over Uruguay, Chile moved to the fourth position in Group A of Copa America, even without taking the field. With five points, the fruit of one win and two draws, La Roja didn’t play in this last round, as they had already played all four matches in this phase. So, in front of the TV, the Chileans were waiting for the end of the round to know their opponent in the next stage.
However, the news was not the most encouraging for the Chilean delegation. With the drop to fourth place, the Chileans will face Group B leader of Copa America, Brazil, the tournament’s reigning champions. The desire to get away from the Brazilians was already known and was even expressed by the Chilean commander. However, there was no way. Instead, Chile will face the competition’s best attack, with ten goals scored in four matches.
On the other hand, this one is not encouraging, and the Chilean team finished with the worst number of goals scored among the qualified teams. The favoritism is all on the Brazilian team. In the Bet365 betting markets, Brazil appears with much more favorable odds to come out as the winner of the match. However, the Brazilians know the Chilean quality and the names of those who already have extensive experiences, such as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and midfielder Arturo Vidal.
Uruguay faces Colombia in another knockout match
After beating Paraguay, 1-0, in the final round of the group stage, Uruguay secured third place in the group and now faces Colombia. The duel generates many expectations, even with the Colombians missing James Rodriguez, the leading athlete. However, what draws attention is the possibility of a game with few goals due to the offensive numbers of both teams in this Copa America.
Colombia has an average of less than one goal per game in the tournament, scoring only three times in four matches. As a result, the team ended up with the worst goal-scoring record among the Group B qualifiers. Similarly, Uruguay has been economical. They have scored four goals in four duels. However, there is still hope that Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, who have already scored three of these goals, will get off the mark and give the Uruguayans a good result.
The road to Group A leaders Argentina and Paraguay
Finally, to close the quarterfinals of Copa America, Argentina faces Ecuador, while Peru plays against Paraguay. The Argentines have the best defense in the competition, with only two goals conceded. The team relies on this asset and also on the genius of Lionel Messi, who scored twice against Bolivia in the closing game of Group A of Copa America. Ecuador, the Argentinians’ opponent, has yet to win in the tournament and enters, once again, as the least likely to win, according to Bet365.
On the other hand, Peruvians and Paraguayans have a good chance of having a very even game and, therefore, more open. Peru has the worst defense among the qualifiers for the quarterfinals, while Paraguay owns the second-best attack in Group A of Copa America. This fact could mean a slight advantage for Eduardo Berizzo’s men in a duel that promises equality.