COPA AMERICA: Cavani’s goal sets up a cracker for the Copa quarters
by Chirag R Bhattad
Brazil: It was Edinson Cavani who got his revenge against Gonzalo Jara after his an*l-insertion incident the last time Uruguay face Chile. He scored an 82nd minute winner to send Oscar Tabarez’s men top of their group, making an interesting line up for the Quarterfinals.
Chile’s second placed finish means the reigning and defending champions will face one of the tournament favourites in Colombia at the quarterfinals stage. Colombia, with Duvan Zapata and James Rodriguez firing on all cylinders, have been in exceptional form themselves, winning all three group stage games.
With Juan Cuadrado and Roger Martinez working well on the wings and Yerry Mina and Davinson Sanchez forming a formidable partnership in defense, Colombia will be heavy favourites against the defending champions.
Chile have a relatively similar side to that from their 2015 and 2016 triumphs, with Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal forming the backbone of the team, with workman-like players including Eduardo Vargas, Charles Aranguiz and Gary Medel doing their jobs.
In other quarterfinals line-up, Eduardo Berizzo’s Paraguay will take on the hosts Brazil in the first quarterfinals of the tournament. Brazil are yet to concede a goal in the tournament, but their patchy form in attack will be a source of hope for the Paraguayans.
Paraguay, on the other hand, were lucky to go through. They had not won a game in the Group stages, but two draws and a superior goal-difference to Japan saw them go through as the two best third placed team.
Venezuela will take on a shaken and disjointed Argentina, with Messi ineffective, Sergio Aguero misfiring and an absent midfield. It was Lautaro Martinez, who scored the goals to take Argentina unto the quarterfinals and Lionel Scaloni will be relying on him more than Messi to come up with the goods against Jose Solomon Rondon and co,.
The final quarterfinals will see Uruguay take on Peru, with Oscar Tabarez’s men big favourites to overcome the challenge posed by Paolo Guerrero and co. Uruguay have been in really good form, coming good on the huge potential their side possesses. With Valverde, Torreira, Vecino and Bentancur as midfield options, Uruguay has a young midfield which could envy any side.
With Suarez and Cavani up-front, they definitely have one of the best forwards in the tournament. It’s the players who ink midfield with strikers who need to perform on a consistent basis to see Uruguay fulfill their promise and go deep in the tournament. Here are the semifinals line-up:
June 27: Brazil vs. Paraguay at 8:30 p.m. ET
June 28: Venezuela vs. Argentina at 3 p.m. ET
June 28: Colombia vs. Chile at 7 p.m. ET
June 29: Uruguay vs. Peru at 3 p.m. ET
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